Nigeria’s electricity supply has been struggling to stay above 3,000 megawatts in recent months as factors such as gas shortage and power grid collapse continue to limit generation.
It was gathered that low-load demand by power distribution companies and gas problems are inhibiting the generation of over 3,000 megawatts of electricity.
According to Vanguard, twelve out of the nation’s 27 power plants were affected by low energy demand by the electricity distribution firms on Saturday.
This caused a generation capacity of 2,672.6MW to be idle, the latest data obtained from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing shows.
A generation capacity of 862.5MW was unavailable as of 6am that day as a result of gas constraints which affected five power plants.
These plats are Geregu I, Afam VI, Geregu NIPP, Sapele NIPP and Gbarain NIPP.
This year, the national grid has so far recorded 11 collapses – 10 total, while one was partial, according to the data from the ministry.
According to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, a total system collapse means total blackout nationwide, while partial system collapse is a failure of a section of the grid.
The latest total collapse occurred on September 20, 2018.
Some power generation companies have been forced to shut down some of their units or reduce output as a result of low load demand by the Discos and gas shortfall.