Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday revealed why most parts of the country experienced total blackout last weekend as he declared that 99.6 per cent of the total electricity generation was lost in one day.
Specifically, Osinbajo stated that 3,132 megawatts of the total electricity generated on Saturday, April 23, 2016 was lost.
The loss was against a total energy of 3,144MW that was generated on Friday, according to data obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
Hence, the country lost 99.62 per cent of the total energy it generated in just one day, a development that led to the collapse of the power grid as confirmed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria on Sunday.
Outlining some of the reasons for the huge loss in power generation, the vice president stated that gas constraints, pipelines vandalism and inadequate infrastructure to transport available gas to the power plants were major challenges confronting Nigeria’s power sector.
Osinbajo said these in Abuja at the 9th conference of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics/International Association for Energy Economics.
The vice president, who’s keynote address was read by his Senior Special Assistant on Power Privatisation, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, said, “There is also the challenge of inadequate infrastructure to transport the available gas to the power plants due to lack of investments in gas transport infrastructure, and vandalisation of existing infrastructure.
“On or about February 14, 2016, a portion of Shell’s Forcados Export Terminal pipeline got ruptured just about the same time vandals destroyed a portion of the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System. These seriously affected gas supply to many power plants in the western axis like Ughelli, Egbin, Omotosho I, Olorunsogo I, Omotosho NIPP and Olorunsogo NIPP.
“The reported gas constraint to electricity generation as of April 23, 2016 alone was about 3,132MW.”
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