Power generation drops further to 1075MW

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•Youths attack electricity workers in Port Harcourt
The nation’s electricity generation, yesterday, crashed further to 1075 Mega Watts, an indication that electricity consumers would experience more frequent power outages.

The generation statistics obtained by The Guardian yesterday showed that the generation level assumed a dwindling trend from 2,903MW recorded last week Thursday. It dropped to 1624MW on Sunday and further to 1075MW yesterday.

However, the daily operational report of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) issued at the weekend showed that many of the power plants are currently affected by gas shortage, water management and transmission problems.

No fewer than 16 thermal plants were affected lack of gas supply, as the Niger Delta militants continued to attack gas facilities in the region.Among the thermal plants that have suffered from sabotage attacks were Olorunshogo NIPP which lost 480MW; Omotosho (228MW); Geregu (435MW); Delta lost 410MW; Olorunsogo Gas (228MW); Sapele (258MW) and Egbing lost 717MW among others.

This situation has triggered concerns from the consumers who believed that the privatisation of the power sector would have done more good to the nation, if proper planning was in place.

Meanwhile, some aggrieved persons have continued to vent their anger on electricity workers who were on duty for disconnection exercise.Some staff members of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) and the security personnel attached to them were allegedly attacked by residents of Epie Community in Bayelsa State recently.

The attack, according to the company resulted in injury to three policemen, the Business Service Manager, Pere Alazigha, a linesman, Christian Umegbewe and other staff members involved in the disconnection exercise.

The incident was described as the second to take place within the week as two days before, disconnection team of PHED was also beaten up at Airtel Road.
The Chief Operating Officer, PHED, Engr. Kingsley Achife, condemned the act, adding that ‘PHED will not relent in their commitment towards serving their paying customers and this we hope to achieve by ensuring that customers pay for energy consumed.’

He appealed to the public to desist from attacking staff who are willing to render quality service to them.The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola had recently assured that the Federal Government was strategising to tackle the power challenges facing the country.

Accusing the Niger Delta militants of being responsible for the drop in power supply he said government would not continue relying only on gas to provide power to Nigerians.

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  • Auta62

    Are we still living in self delusion with the happenings in the power sector? PMB need to put on his thinking cap to address the trouble and inadequacies of the sector before he is undone by same.

  • real

    Power website was never updated. Shame has covered this government of lies. Last update was 6th of June

  • Mizch

    Short term measure: Bring the down the price of petrol and diesel so that people can supply themselves with light. How long will Nigerians suffer under APC-Buhari administration?

  • emmanuel kalu

    This is due to poor leadership from the government, regulator and the power sector. in most developed countries, any power generating company is mandated to generate a certain percentage of their power from different sources. They are also mandated to have at least a few months of their generate fuel stored on site. a power firm would be able to tell you how long and how much power it can generate electricity. In Nigeria, over 80% of our power generation is based on gas, yet the government hasn’t seen fit to really sure the gas supply, find alternate means of transporting gas, or mandated that power firm have gas storage on site.

  • Curseless

    For now Nigeria power source is hinged largely on gas fired turbines in which case by bombing the gas lines electricity supply becomes a mirage. The Nigerian nation is complex to say the least and blaming only the government doesn’t tell the true story in that the citizens also for any reason they want to adduce are not helping the situation. The center is not holding presently and things are falling apart very rapidly unless Nigerians can come to the realization that we rise together or perish together.