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Nigeria in Blackout as Gas Supply Affects GenCos

By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

Some major parts of the country are faced with power outage following the inability of some of the thermal power stations to generate optimally due to low gas supply.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on Sunday disclosed in a statement that the development was responsible for the power supply shortage being experienced in some major cities.

General Manager, Public Affairs at the TCN, Ms. Ndidi Mbah, stated this at the weekend.

Ms Mbah said that the problem started on Saturday.

The transmission company disclosed that Sapele NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, lIhovbor NIPP and Azura Edo power plants, generated zero Megawatts on Saturday.

The agency also stated that Egbin (Steam), Sapele Steam), Delta (gas), Geregu (gas), Omotosho(gas), Olorusogo (gas), Geregu NIPP, Alaoji NIPP, Omotosho NIPP, Odukpani NIPP, Okpai (Gas/Steam) and Omoku (gas) power generating plants, which were also affected,  generated at lower capacities. 

The statement read: “Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) wishes to inform the public that the nation’s power sector is experiencing power supply shortage caused by low gas supply which has restrained the ability of many thermal power stations to generate optimally.

“The thermal power plants affected by gas supply constraint include; Sapele NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, Ihovbor NIPP and Azura Edo power plants which generated zero Megawatts yesterday. 

“Other thermal power plants equally affected but generated at lower capacities include Egbin (Steam), Sapele (Steam), Delta (gas), Geregu (gas), Omotosho(gas), Olorusogo (gas), Geregu NIPP, Alaoji NIPP, Omotosho NIPP, Odukpani NIPP, Okpai (Gas/Steam) and Omoku (gas) power generating plants”.

TCN said the prevailing gas constraints was responsible for the

significant reduction in the quantum of power transmitted to the various distribution companies for onward supply to electricity consumers

across Nigeria.

 The statement stated that the management of some of the affected power plants attributed their challenges to gas pipeline and processing maintenance being carried out by their gas suppliers.

According to TCN, the management of some of the affected power plants said that maintenance of gas facilities were expected to last for ten days, adding that gas supply challenges were also expected to ease off before the end of this week.

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