While gas shortage was largely responsible for the poor electricity experienced in the country last year, power generation is now being hampered by frequency management occasioned by distribution companies’ load demand, The Punch reports.
Line constraints, according to the latest data from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, left 1,693.9 megawatts of the nation’s power generation capacity idle as of 6pm on Thursday, down from 1,904.5MW on Wednesday. With gas constraints affecting 290MW, the unutilised electricity generation capacity in the country stood at 1,983.9MW on Thursday, compared to 2,314.5MW the previous day.
Plants affected by line constraints were given as Geregu I (161MW), Omotosho I (114MW), Olorunsogo I (152MW), Omotosho NIPP (120MW), Olorunsogo NIPP (170MW), Ihovbor I (244,2MW), Sapele NIPP (225MW), Odukpani NIPP (117MW), Afam VI (240MW) and Shiroro (150MW).
The nation generates the bulk of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydro-power plants makes up about 30 per cent of total generation. The total national power generation stood at 3,971.8MW as of 6am on Thursday, down from the peak of 5,074.7MW recorded on February 2, 2016.
Source: Energy Mix Report