Sixteen of the nation’s 27 power plants have seen their generation capacities limited by gas constraint and frequency management occasioned by distribution companies’ load demand, The Punch reports.
A total of 2,313 megawatts of power were left unused as of May 8, with 1,935MW due to gas constraint and 1,378.3MW due to frequency management, data from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing showed on Wednesday.
Eight plants, namely Egbin, Azura, Jebba, Olorunsogo I, Delta, Shiroro, Okpai and Omotosho I, were affected by frequency management problem; while Omotosho II, Alaoji NIPP, Geregu NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, Geregu I, Odukpani NIPP, River IPP and Afam VI were hit by gas shortages.
Total power generation stood at 3,501.4MW as of 6 am on Wednesday, up from 3,192.20MW on Sunday, according to data from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator. The nation generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while the output from hydropower plants makes up about 30 percent of the total.