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Nigeria’s power generation capacity has dropped slightly from 3,959 megawatts from 4 January, to 3,751.90 on 12 January, due to dearth of gas.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) disclosed this through the Nigerian Electricity System Operator on Thursday.

TCN put the total output of all the generation companies at 3,751.90 megawatts, said to have been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.

It was gathered that the country’s power generation also recorded lowest peak at 2,876.80 megawatts.

According to the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) operational report for January 4, the power sector hit a peak generation of 4,959 megawatts as against 3,321 megawatts recorded in December.

Further breakdown

NESI said the sector recorded highest system frequency of 51.27Hz; lowest system frequency of 48.22 Hz; highest voltage recorded was 372KV, while lowest voltage recorded on the same day was 300KV.

An official of TCN, who preferred anonymity, said that electricity generation had been dwindling due to challenges of accessing gas by generation companies.

The official said many power projects that could boost the country’s generation were still pending due to lack of fund and gas shortage to test run the turbines.

Also, a top management official of Egbin Power Station, who also pleaded anonymity, said the power plant which usually generates over 1,000 megawatts had dropped to 375 megawatts due to gas constraint.

According to him, the plant, located in Lagos, generates and distributes between 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas.

The official said that Egbin, with an installed capacity of 1,320 megawatts, had the capacity to wheel over 1,000 megawatts daily.
He said that the plant had been limited to less than 400 megawatts due to shortage of gas.