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Electricity: TCN silent over GENCOs’ accusation

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By Sebastine Obasi

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, appears to have agreed to the latest allegation made by the generation companies, GENCOs, about the non utilisation of power being generated.

This is coming on the heels of the refusal of TCN to refute the allegation.

Managing Director of Mainstream Energy Solutions, Operators of Jebba and Kainji Hydro Electricity Plants, Mr. Lamu Audu, had said that the GENCOs could no longer bear the constant energy production reduction orders of TCN.

According to Audu, between February and Monday (March 13, 2017) Jebba and Kainji alone lost 8,574 MW unutilized electricity. He also said that the total unutilized energy from all the GENCOs within the period under review was monumental and most painful at a time most Nigerian homes and business hardly had enough power to meet their consumption needs.

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”Generation has improved significantly. On the average it has been above 4, 000 MW in the last one month. “Unfortunately, we (GENCOs) have been at the receiving end in the sense that we are not allowed to deliver what we are generating. I have records here, there is no secret about it and we want Nigerians to know that the effect is so much.”

“Apart from the loss of revenue after declaring what we are capable of generating, because we have what we call, “Day-Ahead-Declaration” by the regulation, we are expected to declare within the next 24 hours what we are going to generate, the capacity which we have and are sure to put into the grid –which we declare to the National Control Centre,” he said.

When Vanguard contacted, the General Manager, Public Affairs of TCN, Mrs Seun Olagunju, she promised to state the position of TCN appropriately. However, she did not get back to Vanguard as promised.


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