February 2, 2017

Power supply improves slightly to 3,528 MW

Illuminated Hospital Road, PWD Bus-stop, Badagry, with Street Lights courtesy of the Light Up Lagos Project, an initiative of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s Administration.

ABUJA— The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has said the nation’s power generation improved slightly to 3,528.90 megawatts on February 1, from 2,662 megawatts on January 22.

This figure was disclosed on the website of the Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO), a sub-agency of the TCN, in its daily forecast on power generation in Lagos, yesterday.

“The slight increase in generation is due to slightly increased gas supply to some Generating Companies, GENCOs, to boost operations.

“The total output of 3,528.90 megawatts from all the GENCOs on Wednesday has been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country,” the TCN sub-agency website said.

Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, operational report said the power sector dropped to 2,662.20 megawatt on January 22 because of low water levels and challenge of accessing gas by GENCOs.

The report said the sector recorded highest system frequency of 51.50Hz and lowest system frequency of 48.80 Hz, while the highest and the lowest voltage recorded on Wednesday were 372KV and 300KV, respectively.

A reliable TCN official, who preferred anonymity, confirmed that the gas supply to generating companies had increased slightly, thereby, boosting operations.

The source said that the GENCOs inability to pay up the debts they owed the gas company also contributed to the drop in power generation on January 22.

“Government’s intervention helped the gas company to allocate some gas to generating companies.”