Abuja - The nation’s power generation fell by over 1 000 megawatts as four power plants were down on Saturday, bringing the total number of plants not generating electricity at the moment to 10, Punch reports.
The nation recorded a total system collapse on Friday, September 16, 2016, the 17th time this year.
The total power generation stood at 2 555.7MW as of 6am on Saturday, down from 3 596.2MW the previous day, worsening the outage being experienced by households and businesses across the country.
Electricity from the nation’s biggest power station, Egbin, located in Lagos, hit a record low of 246MW on Saturday from 425MW on Friday, while output from the Shiroro Power Station in Niger State, one of the nation’s hydropower plants, hit a high of 600MW.
19 thermal plants were shut down in June after militants knocked out the Forcados export pipeline last February and the Escravos- Lagos link early May according to News24.
The Chief Executive Officer of Egbin power plant, Dallas Peavey Jr., said that the shortage of gas supply is a big threat to the plant’s plan to double power generation.
Egbin is Nigeria’s largest power facility whose output has fallen to less than 10 per cent of its 1320-megawatt capacity.
- News 24