27 October 2015, Lagos – Power generation has dropped from 813 megawatts to 660 at the Egbin Power Plant in Lagos State, an official said on Tuesday.
The plant, the nation’s biggest power generating outfit, has the capacity to contribute about 1,000 megawatts to the national grid.
An authoritative source at the plant told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the drop was as a result of the ongoing maintenance of Egbin lines by the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC).
The source said the plant was advised by NGC to step down its generation due to the ongoing repairs at its lines.
“Egbin Power Plant, the nation’s biggest power generating outfit, has the capacity to wheel out 1,000 megawatts to the national grid.
“The ongoing maintenance at the NGC lines had stalled wheeling out of 1,000 megawatts generation to the national grid,’’ the source said.
According to the source, the development may also affect the general power generation output on the stations which receive gas from NGC.
Contacted for comments, Mrs Seun Olagunju, the Director, Public Affairs, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), confirmed to NAN on phone that the national power generation output now stood at 4, 274 megawatts.
“As at this morning, the national power generation output now stands at 4, 274 megawatts.’’
The country’s power generation as at October 16, jumped from 3,657 megawatts to 4,600.