Nigeria records 1,112mw drop in electricity supply

ABUJA: Electricity generation in Nigeria has dropped by about 1,112mw in two days and is expected to drop more in coming days due to ongoing maintenance works on installations across the country .Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, who explained the worsening power supply situation in the country on Wednesday in Abuja, told Biztellers that the country lost 1,112 megawatts of generated electricity in two days due to the shutdown of the Chevron gas plant.

power plant“A few days ago, precisely last week Friday, Chevron shut down its gas plant for maintenance purposes, which was to take place between Friday and Saturday.

And the technical crew in the power sector knew about the shutdown and this was in order to make sure that damages are not done before losing the gas entirely,” he explained.

Nebo said there was going to be shutdown from time to time as it happened two times recently between Benin and Osogbo.

“If you don’t shut down these plants in order to have a safe restarting process, you are going to lose the equipment. Once routine maintenance is done, the process of restarting the machines that were shut down takes some time” he said.

According to the minister, 1,112mw of electricity were lost in two to three days and that Omotoso and Olorunsogo plants in south-western Nigeria were forced to shut down because there was no gas supply.

“You will notice that from Monday, we started seeing some increase that has stabilised. Right now, we have over 3,300mw,” he said.

Nebo assured that occasional system failures would be addressed as “we are in the process of reviving the huge section of the transmission machinery, especially the lines that are aged, failing, dilapidated and in need of replacement”.

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