Nigeria’s Power Generation Hits Highest Levels this Month

A report from the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that Nigeria has recorded the three highest power generation figures for the first time in her electricity generation history. The figures were recorded in three days of the first two weeks of December. They are 5,156 megawatts (MW), 5,077MW and 5,103MW.

Obtainable from the Advisory Power Team of the Vice President in Abuja, the report has the details of the amount of power generated and wheeled out to the national grid. On December 8, power generation hit an all-time record of 5,156MW, pushing the last record of 5,074.7MW achieved in February 2016 aside.

The generation dropped to 5077MW on December 14 and rose again to 5,103MW the next day. As contained in the report are the operational details of the industry as at Friday, December 15, with the Trans Amadi power plant, which was previously down has been restored to functionality.

According to the report, the average power sent out to the 11 electricity distribution companies within the period was 4,200MW, which was up by about 171MW from the previous day’s supplies. The reported gas constraint experienced by the industry was 631MW, while reported line constraint was 44MW.

It further explained that Discos could not use up to 939MW of the generated electricity due to their feeders’ challenges. Collectively, an estimated N940 million of revenue that should have come to the power sector was lost due to the constraints reported on December 15, 2017.

Also, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) revealed that before January 31, 2018, it would add about 1000MW transformer capacity to the grid, which by then, most of its transmission projects would have been completed.

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