Nigerian are set to face another blackout for the next 6 days as the shortage of gas has hit 16 power generating plants causing power generation to drop to 3,675 megawatts (MW) from its highest point. According to Daily Trust, operators said until scheduled maintenance is completed on the gas pipelines the drop in power supply will continue for another 10 days. Power generation statistics from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) puts peak generation at 4,055MW on Friday, March 6, but by the close of the day, it had dropped to 3,236MW.
Meanwhile, Ndidi Mbah, TCN spokesperson, in a statement on Saturday, March 7, confirmed this development. She said: “The nation’s power sector is experiencing power supply shortage caused by low gas supply which has restrained the ability of many thermal power stations to generate optimally.”
Due to the cut in gas supply, four Generation Companies (GenCos) namely Sapele NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, Ihovbor NIPP and Azura Edo generated zero megawatts (MW) on Friday, March 6. Though twelve other power plants were affected they generated at lower capacities. The TCN spokesperson went on to add that the gas constraint has caused a remarkable reduction in the amount of power transmitted to the various Distribution Companies (DisCos) for supply to electricity consumers.
In a related development, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) disclosed that the national grid has been restored after a system collapse on Thursday, January 16. Ndidi Mbah, the general manager, TCN’s public affairs department, disclosed that the fault on the power grid was restored on Friday, January 17. “Full restoration of the grid was achieved at 2:19am today (Friday),” Mbah, said.