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Nigerian Power Grid Has Collapsed 21 Times in 2016

Babatunde Fashola

The nation’s power grid recorded 21 collapses in the first half of the year, industry data obtained by PUNCH showed.

The national grid completely collapsed 16 times in the first six months of the year, while five partial collapses were recorded in the period.

The latest total system collapse was recorded on June 28, 2016, according to the data while others are;

– In June, the grid recorded five total collapses and three partial collapses, with the latest occurring on June 11.

– The total national power generation stood at 2,604.5MW as of last Friday, down from a peak of 5,074.7MW on February 2, according to the Ministry of Power.

– Generation from Egbin, the nation’s biggest power station, stood at 187MW on July 6, down from 1,085MW on March 15.

– Increasing gas constraints largely occasioned by recent attacks on pipelines in the Niger Delta have left over 4,000MW of the nation’s power generation capacity idle.

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– Gas constraints prevented 3,810MW from being generated on July 6, while 355.7MW could not be generated due to line constraints/load rejection by Discos.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, at a recent public lecture, said, “In our road map to incremental power, we are looking at what we have and what we can get out of them.

“We have 26 power plants (including the AES plant), three of the plants are powered by water, the hydro power plants in Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro. The remainder are powered by gas.”

“The problems have been identified as either damaged, unmaintained or unserviced turbines in the hydro power plants, and in the cases of gas plants, it is largely non-availability of gas, coupled with lack of maintenance,” Fashola said.

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