…as 4,031mw lost to gas shortage —NESI
By Ediri Ejoh & Prince Okafor
Concerns continueD to loom over the state of affairs of the country’s power supply, as recent report by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, puts a colossal loss of 1,500 megawatts of electricity to attacks on oil and gas facilities by militants in the Niger Delta.
This is even as the capacity of Warri refining and petrochemical company plummeted from 25.65 per cent in March to 6. 36 per cent in April this year.
However, the country’s generation as at yesterday, stood at 2,087.90 megawatts, against its lowest generation of 820.5MW, recorded on Wednesday, with the peak generation of 2,516.9 megawatts on that same day.
NNPC in its financial and operations report, said it lost about N19.43 billlion in April because crude oil supply dropped from 59.27 million barrels in February to 57.43 million barrels in March.
The report further stated that 541 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, mmscfd, was delivered to the gas fired power plants in April this year to generate an average power of about 2,466mw.
This is compared with May 2015 to April 2016 average gas supply of 686 mmscfd and power generation of 2,969mw.
The supply dipped following persistent bombings of the country’s pipelines and oil facilities which supply gas to the power plants.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, said the country recorded a loss of 4,031megawatts of electricity over crisis of pipeline bombings, which had led to gas shortage to plants.
The agency noted that about 25 gas power plants had no gas to run.
The report showed that 28 power generation stations two days ago, produced a total of 2, 101mw.
A break-down of the generation plants includes Kainji 213mw, Jebba 267mw, Shiroro 59mw, Egbin 128mw, Sapele I 11mw, Delta 75mw, Afam IV-V 0mw.
Others are: Geregu 68mw, Omotosho I 36Mw, Ololushogo I 0mw, Geregu NIPP 0mw, Sapele NIPP 26Mw, Alaojo NIPP 195mw, Olorushogo NIPP 0mw, Omotosho NIPP 0mw, Odukpani NIPP 41mw, Ihvobo NIPP 0mw, and Okpai had 145mw.
NNPC bemoaned the resurgence of vandalism, saying it negatively affected crude oil production as well as the country’s power generation currently less than 2,100 megawatts.