24 January 2013, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says that electricity generation has hit 4,286 megawatts as against the 3,700 MW that has been reported by some media houses in the country.
TCN’s Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, Dave Ifabiyi also said that the drop in power generation on Monday was due to the one-day shutdown of a power plant.
Ifabiyi, who made the clarifications in a telephone interview on Wednesday in Lagos, said that power generation dropped by 460 megawatts on Monday.
“The 460 megawatts drop in power generation on Monday was due to the one-day shutdown of the Okpai Power Plant owned by Agip Oil Company in Delta. The plant was closed to undergo repairs,” he said.
He said that the one-day closure of the Okpai Power Plant forced power generation to stand at 4,100 megawatts, which rose to 4,286 MW on Tuesday.
“As at Tuesday, Nigeria’s power generation stood at 4,286 megawatts. We are expectant that our power generation capacities will build-up with time.
“The shutdown of the Okpai Power Plant was because of vandalised line which was later restored back on stream the same day,” he said.
Ifabiyi said the ongoing privatisation of the power sector would result in increased power generation and improved supply of electricity to Nigerians. (NAN)