Power generation stays above 5,000mw mark into first days of may – thisdaylive electricity kwh


This is just as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has raised an alarm that its transmission facilities were facing regular destruction by the poor distribution facilities of the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) in the country. It thus called on them to make investments in their distribution networks to keep its transmission facilities from alleged destruction.

An agreegate record of the power generation figures obtained by THISDAY Wednesday in Abuja from the websites of the System Operators department of the TCN, and the Advisory Power Team in the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, showed that between April 29 and May 1, power generation has remained at an average of 5,027.8MW.

Further, the data showed that between April 28 and 30, an average of 4,213.7MW was sent out to the distribution companies for Nigerians to use from the average generation figure of 5,027.8MW, thus indicating that there were constraints that stopped all of the generated power from getting to Nigerians.

On this for instance, the records of the Advisory Power Team stated that on April 30, the average power sent out was 4,258MW, and that 1,588MW was lost to unavailability of gas, while 40MW was not available because of failures of transmission infrastructure.

For that day, the report noted that the sector lost an estimated N1.301 billion due to insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure, transmission infrastructure and water reserves, adding that the dominant constraint for the sector at the month end was gas.

It stated in a statement from its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, in Abuja that although the Nigerian Electricity Industry (NESI) is still facing liquidity problem, the only way its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program (TREP) can give maximum benefit to Nigeria’s would be for a commensurate investment to be done on the various distribution networks nationwide.

“TCN is aware of the various locations where it still has constraints but this is being addressed with the various installations under the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program. TCN looks forward to working in harmony with other sector players to ensure Nigerians derive maximum benefit from these investments in its network,” Mbah, said.

“The transformers have been energised and supplying the various communities where they are located. They add to the several transformers, substations and lines completed across the country either by TCN in-house engineers or by contractors that are ready for official commissioning by the Honourable Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola,” Mbah, said in the statement.

According to her, with the additional power transformers at TCN’s substations, the rationing of electricity supply which was recently experienced by customers of the Enugu electricity distribution company (Disco) around Enugu metropolis, Nkanu and Aninri will now have to stop.

Mbah, explained that TCN’s engineers have continued to work on the line and that it was 90 per cent complete, adding that re-conducting the line was necessary to enable it supply enough power to the new 2X60MVA power transformers which are at their final stage of installation at power station.