Power generation increases to 4,043MW, gas supply improves – TCN

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says the nation’s power
generation rose from 3,528 megawatts (MW) to 4,043 megawatts between
February 1 and February 15.

TCN said that the 515MW increase in
generation as of February 15 was due to slight increase in gas supply to
some power generating companies (GENCOs).

“The total output of 4,043 megawatts from all the GENCOs on Wednesday
has been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the
country,” read a statement on the company’s website.

According to
NAN, an official of Egbin Power Station in Lagos, said gas supply to
the station had increased slightly in the last seven days.

The
source said the station, which has capacity to generate 1,320MW, now
generates 420 megawatts as against former generation of 160 megawatts.

The official called for more gas supply to the station to enable it to “fire” all its five turbines.
“The 420MW generated by the station has been linked to the national grid by 5.35 am on Wednesday,’’ the source said.

The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) had announced drop in
the power supply on January 22 to 2,662.20 MW due to low water levels
and the challenge of accessing gas by GENCOs.

Also, Babatunde
Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, had said he would like
consumers to be more resistant to the payment of electricity bills, if
there was no supply.

Fashola spoke at the 12th monthly power
sector and stakeholders’ meeting hosted by the Ibadan Electricity
Distribution Company (IBEDC) in Ibadan, on Monday.

He said
vandalism of gas pipelines had “decommissioned power plants and their
ability to provide up to 3,000 megawatts of power”.

“The 3,500MW
to 3,800MW that we have been able to keep on the grid over the last few
months will be assisted greatly by about 3,000MW if we have the gas
pipelines back,” he said.

“It means we will be able to deliver well over 6,000MW if the gas pipelines are safe.”

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