Electricity generation to national grid drops by 1,087.6mw, says TCN
According to a statement by TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, in Abuja yesterday, the drop in electricity generated into the national grid was resulting in load shedding nationwide.
The TCN, according to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the load shedding was necessary to maintain stability of the grid.
It said the sharp drop of power generated was occasioned by gas pipeline rupture on June 15, and technical issues at the Shell gas wells on June 16.
The TCN, which stated that six thermal power generating stations were currently unable to generate electricity and have therefore been shut down due to the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) pipeline incident, listed the affected power stations to include Ihovbor, Azura, Omotosho gas, Geregu gas, Olorunsogo gas, Sapele and the Egbin power stations.
It said the six power generating thermal stations had managed to generate 60mw only on each of its units, losing a total of 211mw.
The company also said Afam VI power station was shut down so that Shell could resolve its gas well issues to enable it commence gas supply to the power station.
“With a total loss of 1,087.6mw into the grid, the transmission system has become quite fragile and TCN is working hard to avert a collapse of the system, by engaging in load-shedding.
“Load-shedding is to ensure that available generation is commensurate with what is allocated to DisCos nationwide, to create a balance and avert grid instability,” Mbah said.
The TCN spokesperson said NGC was making efforts to ensure that the gas pipeline issues are resolved to restore normal gas supply to affected power generating stations to enable them generate into the grid.
The company, which also said that Shell had on June 17 resolved its gas well issue and gas supply partially restored to Afam VI power station, noted that there was no collapse of the grid as was reported in some quarters.
It, therefore, appealed for understanding, adding that TCN engineers were working hard to maintain stability of the grid, pending completion of repairs of gas pipeline by NGC and restoration of full gas supply to affected generating stations.
Meanwhile, many parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had been out of supply in the past two days.
In a telephone interview, AEDC’s Head of Corporate Communication, Mr. Fadipe Oyebode, attributed the non-supply and load-shedding in some areas to the limited allocation from the national grid to AEDC.
Oyebode said AEDC was only allocated 194.58mw from the grid on June 16, out of its total 11 per cent total allocation hence its inability to fully supply to its customers.
He, however, said that the situation had improved as AEDC’s allocation for June 17 stood at 330.44mw.
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