Power Generation Hits 4,043Mw As Gas Supply Improves

 

Akamanu Jennifer

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said power generation rose from 3,528 megawatts (Mw) to 4,043 Mw between Feb.1 and Feb.15.

TCN, in its website, explained that the 515Mw increase in generation as at Feb.15 was due to slight increase in gas supply to some power generating companies (GenCos).

“The total output of 4,043 megawatts from all the GenCOos on Wednesday has been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country,’’ TCN said.

An official of Egbin Power Station, who pleaded anonymity, said gas supply to the station had increased slightly in the last seven days.

The source said the station which has capacity to generate 1,320Mw now generates 420Mw as against former generation of 160Mw.

The official called for more gas supply to the station to enable it fire all its five turbines.

“The 420Mw generated by the station has been linked to the national grid by 5.35 am on Wednesday,’’ the source said.

The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) had announced drop in power supply on Jan. 22 to 2,662.20 Mw due to low water levels and the challenge of accessing gas by GenCos.

Also, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola,  said he would like consumers to be more resistant to the payment of electricity bills, if there was no supply.

Fashola spoke at the 12th Monthly Power Sector and Stakeholders’ Meeting hosted by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in Ibadan.

 

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