*Outage to last for ten days – TCN
The prevailing challenges bedeviling the nation’s power sector appear worsening as 16 power Generation Companies (GENCOs), Saturday, produced zero megawatts of electricity.
This outage according to the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, will persist as the maintenance of gas facilities are expected to last for the next ten days.
The thermal power plants affected by gas supply constraint according to TCN, include; Sapele NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, ihovbor NIPP and Azura Edo power plants which generated zero Megawatts, Saturday.
Other thermal power plants equally affected but generated at lower capacities include Egbin (Steam), Sapele (Steam), Delta (gas), Geregu (gas), Omotosho(gas), Olorusogo (gas). Geregu NIPP, Alaoji NIPP, G NIPP, Odukpani NIPP, Okpai (Gas/Steam) and Omoku (gas) power generating plants.
However, in a statement signed by TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, it stated that, TCN, wishes to inform the public that the nation‘s power sector is experiencing power supply shortage caused by low gas supply which has restrained the ability of many thermal power stations to generate optimally.
“TCN hereby note that as a result of the prevailing gas constraints, there has been significant reduction in the quantum of power transmitted to the various distribution companies for onward supply to electricity consumers across Nigeria.
“TCN has however discussed with the management of some of the affected power plants and many of them attributed their challenges to gas pipeline and processing maintenance being carried out by their gas suppliers.
“According to the management of some of the affected power plants, the maintenance of gas facilities are expected to last for ten days. Therefore, it is expected that the gas supply challenges will ease before the end of next week, the statement added.