Abuja, Nigeria — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 11 October 2011 – The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has announced plans to shut down five power plants across the country, a decision that will drastically reduce the present state of power generation across the country.
The announcement is expected to have an adverse effect on the Federal Government’s ambition to reach a level of about 5,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity by the end of December. A few weeks ago, the government celebrated the achievement of over 4,050MW, marking the highest quantum of electricity generated in the history of the nation.
PHCN, in its latest statement, said it regretted to inform its customers nationwide of the notice received from Nigeria Gas Company Limited (NGC) of the planned shutdown of: Shell Petroleum Development Company; SPDC; Otorogun and Ughelli East Gas Plants; the Oben, Sapele and Ogharefe gas plants of Saplet; and Pan Ocean for maintenance purposes. “This will be for seven days, commencing 11 October 2011,” it added.
According to NGC, the maintenance will lead to complete shutdown of Geregu, Sapele, Ughelli, Omotosho and Olorunsogo power stations throughout the period, resulting in a cut-back in generation of over 1400MW. “This loss of generation will entail minimal load shedding in many parts of the country,” it said.
“We appeal to our valued customers and other stakeholders for understanding and support, while assuring them that the power supply situation will improve considerably once gas supply is restored to these stations,” NGC stated.