In West Africa, after having an unstable power supply in 2016, Nigeria has this year witnessed an improvement, the Nigeria System Operator indicated.In the first of week January 2017, the peak generation was 4,124MW with 91,384MWh wheeled by the Transmission Company of Nigeria to the 11 distribution companies for supply to the over six million registered customers, Daily Trust reported.
Media cited data provided by the Nigeria System Operator, which stated that peak generation in December 2016 was highest when it hit 4,173MW.
According to local press, additional weekly operation statistics from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission also showed that the number of units of turbines in operation rose sharply in early December from 30 to nearly 50 units indicating more gas supply to the generation companies in the month.
Improved peak generation
It is reported that customers under the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) have praised the improvement.
Some customers residing in Life Cape, in Abuja told the Daily Trust that during this period they were having over 18 hours supply for more than two weeks.
“The power supply situation has been quite encouraging in Life Camp District till now. We hope it will continue,” Luka Thompson, a residential customer said.
Meanwhile, customers at Mararaba in Nasarawa state, near Abuja also noted that the load shedding in the area had seemed to have been suspended before the Christmas holiday.
They said there has been at least 10 hour power supply daily since the Christmas eve.
Malam Shomade Ibrahim, a commercial electricity user in the Aso area said: “Electricity supply has been relatively constant across Mararaba and Aso this festive period; it is commending if AEDC sustains this.”
Power generation drops
In May last year, it was reported that the country’s power generation system had hit zero megawatts six times in the same month, the highest level since 2009.
According to industry data acquired by a Citizen correspondent, power supply to households and businesses across the country dropped significantly in May as the national grid recorded six total collapses and one partial collapse within the period.
The data further revealed that the national grid collapsed eleven times in the first five months of 2016, compared to six and nine times for the whole of 2015 and 2014 respectively.
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