Power generation ‘slightly’ rises to 3,528 megawatts

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says the country’s power generation improved slightly to 3,528.90 megawatts on February 1 from 2,662 megawatts on January 22.

This figure was Wednesday published on the website of the Nigerian electricity system operator, a sub-agency of the TCN, in its daily forecast on power generation.

“The slight increase in generation is due to slightly increased gas supply to some generating companies (GENCOs) to boost operations.

“The total output of 3,528.90 megawatts from all the GENCOs on Wednesday has been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian electricity supply industry (NESI) operational report said the power sector dropped to 2,662.20 megawatts on January 22 because of low water levels and the challenge of accessing gas by GENCOs.

The sector recorded highest system frequency of 51.50Hz and lowest system frequency of 48.80 Hz, while the highest and the lowest voltage recorded on Wednesday were 372KV and 300KV, respectively.

A top official of Egbin power station was quoted as saying that due to the slight increase in gas supply, the station now generates 400 megawatts as against the previous 150 megawatts — although the station has a capacity of 1,320 megawatts.

The official appealed for more gas supply to the station, so that it could fire all its five units.

He said the GENCOs were being owed a huge amount of money by the federal government, which posed a serious challenge to their operations.

“Gas to power should not be politicised. Government should take issues of power very serious and find lasting solution to the lingering issues. The 400 megawatts Egbin generated was wheeled out to the national grid at 6.00 am on Wednesday,’’ he said.


Source: The Cable

Power Generation Hits 3,810 Megawatts

The Transmission Company of Nigeria has transmitted about 3,810 megawatts of electricity generated on September 8 by the generation companies to the 11 distribution companies.

The Nigerian Electricity System Operator announced this on its website on Thursday.

According to its operational report for Sept. 8, the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry indicates that the power sector hit a peak generation of 3,810.5 megawatts and lowest peak generation of 2,834.40 megawatts.

NESI said the power sector recorded highest system frequency of 51.55Hz; lowest system frequency of 48.78 Hz, highest voltage recorded was 372KV, while lowest voltage recorded on the same day was 300KV.

It will be recalled that the TCN on Aug. 31 sent 2,766 megawatts to the distribution companies.

The lowest energy generation on the day under review was 2,520 megawatts while highest generation was 3,502 megawatts.

The nation’s electricity generation has been stable in the last two months, while generation has increased above 3,000 megawatts.

The downturn in power supply was exacerbated in May by the several attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta.

This made the generation plunged to a new low of 1,400 megawatts on May 17, according to the TCN.

The nation’s power grid recorded 21 collapses in the first half of the year; 16 total and five partial collapses.

The latest system partial collapse was recorded on July 10, according to data from the National Control Centre.

More than half of the nation’s power plants are currently facing gas shortage, with unutilised electricity generation capacity due to gas constraints put at 3,988.3MW as at August.