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According to industry experts in the energy sector, the continuous electricity load rejection by distribution companies (discos) could worsen the epileptic power supply and cause more economic loss to the country.

The Guardian reported that from the 13th to 20th August 2017, the discos had rejected an average of 1,000MW of power.

Further to this epileptic power supply, a daily operational report from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) revealed that last week, despite having a national peak demand of 19,100MW, the west African country was only able to generate 3,264MW on September 7, 2017.

The report explained that although the country has the capacity to generate 11,165.40MW, TCN has continued to transmit below its current capability of 7,000MW.

Epileptic power supply

The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry Statistics (NESI) revealed that the country lost an estimated N1.202 billion ($283,081) on September 5, 2017 due to several constraints inhibiting the power sector, local media reported.

NESI put the average power sent out on September 5, 2017 at 3,759MW, while the reported gas constraint was put at 450MW.

The Guardian cited NESI stating that the power sector lost 2,055MW to reported frequency management constraint due to loss of disco feeders.

The power generation companies have continued to note TCN’s inability to transmit available power to the distribution companies, which usually result in idle capacity.

Electricity transmission

The director of research and advocacy of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Sunday Oduntan, blamed TCN for its inability to transmit electricity to the discos, media reported.

Oduntan said that the situation would persist as TCN continued to face technical limitations preventing the wheeling of power to some specific geographical locations. Read more…

“The issue is about the wrong dumping of load where the discos cannot recover the cost as the power supply is not always enough for all the customers under a particular disco.

“The truth of the matter is that TCN has not been able to properly transmit the generated power to the various distribution companies. If my customers are in Mushin, you cannot take the power to Victoria Island. How do you expect us to distribute such power?

“No matter how TCN wants to play it to colour the reality of transmission shortcomings, transmission remains the weakest link in the power value chain,” Oduntan said.