Two Plants Shut Down, Power Generation Drops to 3402MW
Two power plants were shut down on Sunday, taking the number of presently non-functional plants to nine as Nigeria grapples with power generation and transmission problems.
The Olorunsogo II power plant in Ogun State and the Trans-Amadi plant in Rivers State, with installed generation capacity of 625 megawatts and 25MW, respectively were shut down on Sunday.
Nigeria’s total electricity generation also dropped to 3,402.5MW as of 6am on Sunday, from 3,940.5MW recorded on Wednesday, according to industry data reported by Punch.
The generation from the nation’s biggest power station, Egbin in Lagos, also reportedly dropped to 451MW from 465MW on Wednesday.
According to Punch, the Olorunsogo II plant, which was built under the National Integrated Power Project scheme, did not generate any megawatt of electricity on Sunday because its units GT1, 2, 3 and 4 and ST2 were out due to gas constraints, and the ST1 out on maintenance. The plant had produced 130.9MW on Wednesday.
Units GT1 and 2 of Trans-Amadi were also said to be out on undisclosed reasons, while the GT4 was out due to gas constraints. It generated 15MW of electricity on Wednesday.
Other plants that did not produce electricity on Sunday were Alaoji II with an installed capacity of 250MW; Ihovbor II, 337.5MW; Afam VI, 650MW; Rivers, 160MW; Afam IV & V, AES and ASCO, whose capacities were put at zero.
The nation’s unutilised generation capacity however rose to 4120.1MW on Sunday from 3,473.8MW on Wednesday, with gas constraints said to be responsible for about 80 per cent of the stranded capacity at 3,269MW.
Other factors were line constraints and high frequency occasioned by rainfall/loss of distribution companies’ feeder.
Line constraints and high frequency led to the shut in of 371.7MW and 479.4MW, respectively on Sunday, up from 368.8MW and 85MW on Wednesday.
The nation achieved its peak generation of 5,074.70MW on February 2, 2016, according to the Transmission Company of Nigeria.