10 July 2016, Lagos — Nigeria’s electricity generation, on Wednesday, increased from the 2,524.2 Mega Watts (MW) it recorded during the first week of July to 3,032.7MW, which is a far cry from the 17,720MW national peak demand forecast for the country.
The Nigeria Electricity System Operator, which made this known its latest operational report of July 5, 2016, noted that the country’s lowest generation as at July 4 increased from the 60.5mw to 2,285mw.
In spite of government’s efforts to increase electricity supply in the country, generation has continued to hover around 1,000mw and 2,500mw.
Though the country’s installed capacity stands at 11, 165.40mw, the country’s network operational capability remained 5,500mw while peak generation ever attained remained 5,500mw as at February 2016.
The country has been having series of challenges providing uninterrupted power supply in due to several issues that has to do with vandalism and poor state of the electricity infrastructure.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had last month informed the general public that its 330kV Double Circuit transmission line between Okpai power station and Onitsha substation, would be switched off, resulting in the reduction of available grid generation by 300 Megawatts.
The switching off of the 330kV Double Circuit transmission line was to enable TCN carry out urgent reconstruction work on tower No 62, which is threatening to collapse.
Though, distribution has slightly improved, some parts of the state still suffer from low voltage of electricity.
For instance, low voltage has been recorded in Benin Kebbi, whci necessitated the review of current tap changer positions for all transformer on a stream.
Also, Capacity Limitation at Power House (Kaduna Town) 195MVA is too low for their 400MW.
The Guardian learnt that the Present TCN 132kv Transmission Line To Alausa Transmission Station has capacity Limitation and cannot carry the required load requirements of Alausa 132/33kv transmission station.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said recently that despite Nigeria’s reported huge natural gas reserves of 180 trillion cubic feet (tcf), which places the country in the ninth position in the league of countries with huge gas reserves in the world.
He stated: “Currently, the country has over 12,500MW of installed electricity generating capacity, consisting of gas thermal and hydropower plants. About 7,000mw of that is available, however, from the System Operator’s report, the average energy generated and sent out to end users in the past weeks was less than 4,000mw due largely to gas constraints.”
“We have limited gas molecules to supply to the power plants. This is as a result of many years of underinvestment in gas gathering and processing for domestic consumption and also many years of gas flaring.
‘In addition, there is also the challenge of inadequate infrastructure to transport the available gas to the power plants due also to lack of investment in gas transportation infrastructure and to vandalism of existing infrastructure,” Osibanjo added.
*Roseline Okere – Guardian