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Although the Nigerian government had set out to supply 4,000MW of electricity by December 2017,  inadequate gas management constraints may cause some delay.

The Advisory Power Team disclosed in its latest authoritative report that the sector is also troubled by water management constraints, Vanguard reported.

Inadequate gas management constraints

The report stated: “On June 25, 2017, average power sent out was 3,398MWh/hour (down by 111MWh/h).The reported gas constraint was 1,927MW. The reported line constraint was 98,3MW. The reported frequency management constraint due to loss of Disco feeders was 445MW.

“The water management constraint was 0MW. The power sector lost an estimated N1,186,000 ($3,762) on June 25, 2017 due to constraints.”

“Generation reduction due to frequency management (as a result of loss of Disco feeder) in Omotosho II, Delta and Ihovbor NIPP. Afam VI GT11, 12 & ST10 are out due to condensate along the gas pipeline, impeding 650MW of generation,” it added. Read more…

Inadequate funding

The analysis also revealed that power transmission remains a huge task because of major challenges, especially limited transmission facilities and inadequate funding.

In a telephonic interview with Vanguard, executive director of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Sunday Olurotimi Oduntan, disclosed that the vandalism of facilities, which occurs more often is also a serious problem leading to huge deficit.

Oduntan said: “No bank would lend you money unless your business is bankable. Let me re-state for emphasis that this liquidity crisis is a major threat to the power sector.

“The revenue shortfalls adversely affect the ability of the DISCOs to make capital investments in metering, network expansion, equipment rehabilitation and replacement, which are critical for service delivery.”

These and other problems have affected the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to consumers nationwide.

 

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