Gas Shortages: Four Electricity Generating Plants Shut down- TCN

Power outages may worsen nationwide as gas supply shortage has shutdown the operation of four Generation Companies (GenCos), affecting the generation capacity of 10 others.

The development is what has led to the recent poor power supply nationwide.

This disclosure was made on Monday by the spokesperson of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mrs Ndidi Mbah.

In the press statement, the company stated that only two GenCos, Azura and Odukpani are operating at full capacity on the national grid.

Recall that the firm had earlier reported shortages on the 7th of March, 2020, which were expected to improve 10 days after a gas pipeline maintenance exercise.

However, according to the statement, the said gas shortage has persisted till date.

“This has restrained optimal generation into the grid and consequently the quantum of electricity transmitted to distribution load centres,” it stated.

The company revealed the four gas-based power plants most affected by the shortage as Geregu Gas which generated zero megawatts (MW) instead of 435MW capacity; Sapele NIPP GenCo has 230MW capacity but limited to 0MW; Olorunsogo NIPP can’t generate its 112MW, and Gbarain NIPP can’t generate its 112MW capacity.

Ten others are with limited generation due to gas shortage. They include Geregu NIPP which generated 81MW leaving out 354MW; Olorunsogo Gas generated 70.5MW with a shortfall of 195.5MW, Omotosho NIPP generated 110MW with a shortfall of 220MW, Egbin generated 860MW but lost 264MW, Delta II-IV Gas generated 306.8MW and lost 128MW.

Others are Okpai Gas which generated 159MW but lost 291MW, Rivers IPP lost 40MW, Afam IV-V lost 60MW and Paras Energy lost 30MW. Afam VI which does not have gas supply problem however has a faulty unit.

“With the current situation therefore, a few of the distribution companies that can pick more load are unable to, because what is generated into the grid is what TCN strives to distribute equitably to DisCo nationwide,” it stated.

The company therefore, called for an urgent need to address the issue of gas shortage at the thermal generating power plants nationwide, in order to avert a serious power system collapse in the country.

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