Power generation falls to 3,356MW after new 5,420.30MW peak

Nigerian power sector records a decline to 3,356 megawatts after 5,420.30MW peak in August, 2020
Emeh Joy

Power generation in Nigeria sank to 3,356 megawatts on Thursday, just less than two days after it peaked to 5,420.30 megawatts.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria had announced on Thursday that the nation's power industry attained yet another all-time national peak of 5,420.30MW.

The TCN said via a statement which was titled, "power sector records new, improved all-time peak of 5,420.30MW", that the 5,420.30MW was effectively transmitted through the national grid at a frequency of 50.10Hz at 9:15 p.m on Tuesday.

However, total generation plunged to 3,356.4MW as of 6 a,m on Thursday from 3,877.5MW same time on Wednesday, data from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator showed.

Eleven out of the 27 power plants in the country did not generate any megawatts of electricity as of 6 am on Thursday, up from ten the previous day.

The Office of the Vice-President on Thursday said, "The power sector lost an estimated N2.23bn on August 19, 2020, due to constraints from insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure and transmission infrastructure".

According to TCN, the generation of 5,420.30MW was the highest record ever in the nation's power sector as it surpassed the previous peak of 5,377.80MW on August 1 by 42.50MW.

The grid has constantly suffered system collapse over the years amid lack of spinning reserve that is meant to check such occurrences. The latest total collapse was recorded on June 2, 2020, according to the system operator.

The TCN had added that the gradual and steady improvement in the delivery of electricity in the nation's power sector would be attributed to the interest of the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

"The TCN is committed to working assiduously to further stabilise, rehabilitate and expand the grid and urge Nigerians to lend their support by safeguarding electricity installations nationwide".

It is noteworthy to add that the TCN which manages the national grid is still wholly owned and operated by the federal government.

While hydropower plants make up about 30% of the total power generation, gas-fired power plants generate a larger percentage of the nation's electricity.

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