Nigerians experienced terrible power situation over the weekend as the country lost 16,458.9 megawatts of electricity due to challenges of gas supply, water management and national grid which forced 25 of the 29 power generation companies (Gencos) to cut down on their capacities.
According to the report obtained from the Advisory Power Team in Osinbajo’s office, only four Gencos were able to fully dispatch their generated volumes within the six-day period. While five Gencos were completely shut down, others had issues of grid, gas and water management constraints.
This Day revealed that the report contained a six-day period detail starting from May 6 to May 11. According to the report, on May 6, 2,078.5MW was not generated into the grid with gas constraint accounting for 1,508MW of this while grid and water management constraints accounted for the loss of 419.5MW and 150MW, respectively.
On May 7, the situation deteriorated with 2,606.6MW lost. Out of this gas, grid and water management constraints accounted for 1,547.5MW, 909.1MW and 150MW respectively.
On May 8, it further got poorer with 2,733.1MW lost to the constraints. Shortage of gas supply ensured 1,674MW was not produced.
Between May 9 and 10, the losses rose to 3,057.1MW and 3,272.5MW, respectively, with gas constraints accounting for 1,674MW and 1,472.5MW, while grid issues accounted for 1,383.1MW and 1,650MW respectively. There was also a water management issue on May 10, which resulted in 150MW being unavailable.
On May 11, the total constrained was 2,711.1MW with gas constraint being 1,472.5MW. The report showed that N8.100 billion worth of revenue was lost in this regard.
On a day-by-day supply basis, the report explained that 4,270MW was supplied to the grid on May 6; 4,426MW on May 7; 3,322MW on May 8; and then an abysmal 1,585MW on May 9 before it went up to 3,069MW on May 10, and then 3,751MW on May 11.
Last Wednesday, the country’s electricity grid experienced a collapse which the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) reportedly said was as a result of tripping of its transmission line along the Onitsha route. TCN also said a sudden stop of operation by a Genco caused the collapse, and hinted it had asked the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to approve its procurement of a 250MW spinning reserve to forestall such incidences.