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27 March 2017

Nigeria: electricity generation improves amid gas constraints

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said in a daily electricity generation report that last week power generation rose to 4,232.6MW from 3,500MW recorded in the last two months.

Despite this significant turn, analysis from the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) Statistics showed that the power sector lost an estimated N1.2 billion ($3 million) on 20 March 2017, due to gas constraints, the Guardian reported. Read more...

NESI attributed the power output loss to gas constraints at 2,105MW, media reported.

It stated: “The power sector is plagued with structural issues in all key areas – generation, gas supply, transmission and distribution. To name a few of these challenges, the operational capacity of the country’s power plants is less than a third of their installed capacity.

“Chronic vandalism has crippled oil and gas pipelines, creating gas shortages at power plants.” Read more...

The NESI analysis added: “Under-investment in maintenance and infrastructure has constrained our transmission grid. Finally, high collection and commercial losses have impacted the financial viability of the privatised distribution companies.”

Irregular electricity supply

According to media, although there is an output improvement, many customers under the Ikeja Electric Plc, complain that there is no corresponding increase in supply.

Responding to complaints, spokesperson for the company, Olusola Ayeni, said: “The current outage is due to the destruction of our Abule Tailor 33kv line, Ipaja 11kv line and Amikanle 11kv line by the heavy rain last night.”

Ayeni continued explaining: “The affected areas include Ikola, Amikanle, Command Road Ipaja, Olota, Ekoro Road, Abule Tailor and environs. Power supply to the affected areas will be restored shortly as maintenance teams are already affecting repairs.”

Power transmission equipment

In efforts to boost power supply in Lagos, TCN’s general manager, public affairs, Seun Olagunju, said power supply in Lagos and Ogun states is set to improve with the installation of some power equipment at the 330kV Transmission Substation in Ayobo, Lagos State.

Olagunju said: “The power transmission equipment to be installed include transformers, protective devices, metering circuits as well as state-of- the- art control panels, which will facilitate the wheeling of more reliable power to the distribution companies and the people.

“As a result of the volume of connections to be done, and the need to reduce attendant customer discomfort, the installation has been spread to take effect from 6 March to 3rd April 2017 and only between 9:00am and 3:00pm daily.”

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