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Power generation plunges to 3,795MW as grid loses 829MW in 24 hours

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

The national power generation plunged to 3,795 megawatts (MW) peak generation yesterday as the grid lost 829MW within 24 hours, Daily Trust reports.

Statistics obtained from the Independent System Operations (ISO), a section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), shows that Thursday started with a peak generation of 3,795MW.

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This is about 829MW less than the peak generation of 4,624MW attained as at Wednesday.

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Various reasons contributed to the drop in power generation. Top of this according to the report were load rejection across the power Distribution Companies (DisCos), transmission line constraints in some axis and low water level for hydropower plants.

This paper reported multiple systems collapse last week between Monday and Tuesday when the national grid dropped to about 187MW for the entire country.

There were also many complaints from electricity users about their poor experience of power supply, especially as the rainy season sets in.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, had during this period in 2018, urged power operators, especially the distribution sections, to ensure they took action to clear faults instantly during the rainy season so that storms would not threaten the operation of power equipment.

While the peak demand forecast for Nigerian power consumption has jumped to 25,790MW, the installed generation capacity remains at 12,910MW. However, the records show that actual power generation capacity from the about 23 Generation Companies (GenCos) is at 7,625MW.

Transmission wheeling capacity has risen from 7,000MW in 2017 to 8,100MW as at December 2018. The impact of the gradual rise in generation and transmission is yet to be fully felt by Nigerians as peak power distribution remains around 5,000MW. As at February 2019, the highest peak power generation was 5,375MW.

TCN said it was raising its energy wheeling capacity to 10,000MW this year while targeting 20,000MW by 2021.

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