Nigeria’s minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has confirmed the restoration of power following damage caused to the gas pipelines around Okada.
Fashola noted that within the first few days of the New Year, the country suffered a setback to its power supply caused by the damaged gas supply network.
6. TCN and the generation companies are working to restore operation of the national grid.
— Fed Ministry of PWH (@FMPWH) January 2, 2018
The Minister noted: “I am happy to inform Nigerians that as at last night (Sunday) the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) informed us that repairs have been completed. We thank and commend them for their response.”
Fashola said what remains now is to test the lines and restore pressure and supply to the generation companies. Read more…
Affected gas pipelines
According to the Daily Trust, the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System delivering gas to western based power stations was shut down last Tuesday after a fire incidence at Okada in Edo state.
THISDAY revealed that despite the restoration of gas supply to the plants, average power generation was approximately 3,600MW on Monday.
Before the fire incident last Tuesday, average generation was put at 4,300MW on the previous day by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), with 4,685.3MW as peak generation and 3,667.5MW as the lowest electricity generated.
Expanding distribution network
While giving in the update, Minister Fashola said: “We are also putting together a policy position to help expand the distribution network of the DisCos and use this to distribute the 2,000MW that is currently available but cannot be distributed.”
He continued: “I also use the opportunity to call out to manufacurers to let us know where they are, how much power they need, and how we can connect you because we have 2,000MW of undistributed power.”
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