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Nigeria experiences a prolonged power generation drop

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Power generation in Nigeria dropped to 3 390.7mw on Monday, 24 June 2019, as seven plants, including three built under the National Integrated Power Project, are reportedly idle.

The report by Nigeria’s Punch newspaper on Tuesday, 25 June 2019, noted that electricity generation has been hovering around 2 600mw and 3 800mw as of 06:00 every day since the start of this month.

The report said that power generation plunged to 2 692.7mw on 7 June 2019.

According to the report, seven power plants; namely Afam IV&V, Alaoji NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, Gbarain NIPP, Okpai IPP, AES IPP and ASCO IPP, did not generate any megawatts of electricity as of 06:00 on Monday, 24 June 2019.

Total generation fell slightly to 3 429mw as of 06:00 on Sunday, 23 June 2019, from 3 461.7mw on Saturday, 22 June 2019, data from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, an arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, showed.

The amount of electricity produced by the nation’s 27 power plants stood at 3 898.9mw as of 06:00 on Friday, 21 June 2019, the highest level achieved so far this month at that time of the day.

The plants generated 4 050mw as of 06:00 on 30 May 2019, but their total output dropped to 3 161.6mw on 1 June 2019, according to the data.

The system operator put the nation’s installed generation capacity at 12 910.40mw; available capacity at 7 652.60mw; transmission wheeling capacity at 8 100mw; and the peak generation ever attained at 5 375mw.

Nigeria generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydropower plants makes up about 30 percent of the total.

Last month, the power grid experienced what the Managing Director of TCN, Usman Mohammed, described as the worst system instability since he assumed office.

The data from the system operator showed that power generation plunged to zero megawatt as of 06:00 on 9 and 10 May 2019.

The TCN, which manages the national grid, is still fully owned and operated by the government.


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