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Power sector lost N7.73bn in one week

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…As TCN restores power to Kaduna, Kebbi states

By Prince Okafor

THE Nigeria power sector lost N7. 73 billion  in seven days  between Tuesday, July 18 and Monday, July 24, 2017, due to gas and water constraints, as power supply leapt to 3, 221 Megawatts per hour (MWh/h).


A report from the Advisory Power Team in the office of the Vice President, made available to Vanguard, yesterday, stated: “On July 24 2017, average power sent out was 3,221 MWh/hour (up by 313 MWh/h). The reported gas constraint was 852MW. The reported line constraint was 76.5MW. The reported frequency management constraint due to loss of DisCo feeders was 2110.5MW. The water management constraint was 0MW.

“The power sector lost an estimated N1, 458,000,000 on July 24 2017 due to constraints. High frequency due to loss of DisCo feeders remains a significant constraint to generation. Increased gas constraints at Omotosho I and II, Olorunsogo I, Alaoji NIPP and Geregu NIPP.”

The report also revealed that five Generating Companies (GENCOs) – Afam IV-V, A.E.S, ASCO, Rivers IPP, and Gbarain NIPP – produced zeroMW during the period.

Meanwhile the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) stated that it has successfully restored electricity supply to Birinin Gwari and Yauri in Kaduna, and Kebbi States respectively.

TCN said that, its 132kV Transmission Tower No. 183, between Tegina and Kontagora in Niger State, had collapsed at about 7.00am  on Thursday, July 13, 2017, due to severe flash flood caused by heavy rainfall, which eroded the base of the transmission tower, despite remedial works carried out to fortify its foundation.

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