The nation installed capacity was estimated to be 12,910.40MW while the available capacity at 7,652.60MW, transmission wheeling capacity at 8,100MW; and the peak generation ever attained at 5,375MW.
According to latest data gathered on Wednesday, Electricity generation in the country has reduced to 3,456 megawatts on Tuesday, losing 1,108MW in seven days.
Total power generation dropped from 4,564.60MW as of 6.00am on February 19 to 3,456.20MW on February 24, a day after the presidential and National Assembly general elections. It stood at 4,358MW as of 6.00 am on Saturday.
Data from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, a subsidiary of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, showed that generation fell further to 3,456.60MW as of 6.00 am on Fehttps://www.grad.ubc.ca/campus-community/meet-our-students/al-digs-abdullahbruary 26.
The country adopted the use of gas-fired and hydroelectric power generation. Where hydo power plant is about 30% of the whole power generaion in the country.
Total generation capacity of 2020.7MW was unutilised on Wednesday as a result of low demand by Discos (1,430.7MW), line constraints (440MW) and water management (150MW).
Olorunsogo NIPP, Gbarain NIPP, Afam IV, and four independent power plants, namely AES, ASCO, Rivers and Trans-Amadi were not in operation while the remaining 20 power plant were generating as of 6.00 am on Monday.
Generation from Egbin, the nation’s biggest power station, fell to 491MW as of 6.00 am on Monday from 581MW on February 8. The plant, which produced as high as 1,085MW on March 15, 2016, has been generating far less than its installed capacity of 1,320MW in more than two years.
The TCN announced earlier this month that the national grid successfully transmitted a new power generation peak of 5,375MW on February 7, 2019, at 9 pm. It said it was the first time that the grid had generated, transmitted and distributed such quantum of power, describing it as evidence of the success of the government’s policy on incremental power.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, which manages the national grid, is still fully owned and operated by the government.
Electricity generation companies recently complained that their plants were being forced to operate below their optimal capacity levels.
The Executive Secretary, Dr Joy Ogaji of Association of Power Generation Companies, Gencos, attributed the problem to transmission and distribution.
She said, “Specifically, generation companies are pinned down by some operational impediments. The frequency of instructions to either increase load or decrease load (ramp up and ramp down) and, in some cases, shut down, has induced damaging stresses to the components of the machines.
“These instructions, reflective of the grid behaviour, are subjecting key electrical components of the power plants to operational stresses. Our available generation has always been steady between 7,500MW and 8,000MW; you can check the records at the National Control Centre, Osogbo.”