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Nigeria: gas shortage causes drop in power supply

Last week, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), reported that the country’s recent gas shortage has resulted in a power supply drop.

The West African country’s power generation capacity decreased from 3,959MW from 4 January, to 3,751.90MW on 12 January.

“The Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO) website, a sub agency of TCN, disclosed the figure on its daily forecast website on power generation data in Lagos on Thursday,” The Guardian reported.

TCN put the total output of all the generation companies at 3,751.90MW, which it said had been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.

Gas challenges

An anonymous official at TCN, told media that the country’s power generation had been under threat due to challenges of accessing gas by generation companies.

The Guardian reported: “The official said that many power projects that could boost the country’s generation were still pending due to lack of fund and gas shortage to test run the turbines.

“Similarly, a top management official of Egbin Power Station, who also pleaded anonymity, said that the power plant which usually generates over 1,000MW had dropped to 375MW due to gas constraint.”

The official said that the Lagos-based plant, generates and distributes between 250MW and 300MW due to the shortage of gas, adding that Egbin, with an installed capacity of 1,320MW, had the capacity to wheel over 1,000MW daily.

He said that the plant had been limited to less than 400MW due to shortage of gas, The Guardian added.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.