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Vandals worsen power woes

24 June 2013, 16:22

Lagos – Recent incidents of vandalism have worsened Nigeria’s power crisis.

According to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the resultant loss of 1 598 megawatts (MW) of power has reduced the country’s total generation to 2 290MW.

This follows the vandalism of two major gas pipelines supplying gas to eight power generating stations, resulting in massive load shedding across the country.

One of the vandalised gas pipelines was taking supply from the Okoloma gas plant, while the other was supplying from Escravos.

The affected stations are Egbin/AES, Olorunsogo, Omotoso, Geregu NIPP, Afam IV and VI as well as River State Independent Power Station.

TCN General Manager (Public Affairs), Dave Ifabiyi, said the operation and control of the power system was now a major challenge.

He said due to the critical importance of the pipelines to power generation, Nigeria Gas Company was isolating the vandalised portions of the pipelines in order to effect repairs, with the hope that gas supply could be restored to the affected generating stations.

Apart from a gas supply shortage, the worsening power supply situation in the country had in recent times been blamed on frequent collapse of the generation and transmission systems.

Contrary to claims by government that the country was generating at least 4 500MW of electricity daily, it was established the figure was significantly lower.

The country has in the past five months recorded more than 15 power system collapses. Subsequently, production has fallen by about 50 percent from 4 000MW in January this year.

– CAJ News


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