Oscarline Onwuemenyi 14 January 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja –
With the recent drop in maximum generated electricity available to the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, to transmit for distribution across the country, the company has said this will call for regular supply rationing.
TCN recently announced that maximum generated electricity available for it to transmit for distribution across the country has dropped to 3,000 megawatts, MW
It blamed this on the vandalism of Nigeria’s key gas pipeline, the Trans-Forcados gas pipeline, saying in a statement by its Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Dave Ifabiyi, in Abuja, that the drop will call for regular supply rationing because gas supply to three key power generation companies, Egbin, Olorunsogo and Geregu, has been affected with the development.
The TCN statement said the unexpected drop in power generation has resulted in the country’s electricity generation which averaged about 4,500mw in recent times dropping by nearly 1,500mw.
Only last month, there were reports of unexpected and sharp decline in power generation across the country. Reports from the Ministry of Power website showed that the national electricity generation had dropped to 2,954.51mw in the early weeks of December 2014, putting a lot of pressure on available power.
According to the website, a total of about 3,206.09mw was generated as at December 2, 2014 only to drop to 2,954.51mw by December 11, a reduction of 251.58mw in nine days.
The Senior Special Adviser to the Minister of Power, Mr. Frank Edozie, however, blamed the drop in power generation to sabotage of pipelines and inadequate gas supply.
Edozie, who disclosed this in a telephone interview, said the epileptic power supply being experienced across the country was caused by recent vandalism of Trans-Forcados pipeline that transported crude oil.