Power Sector Loses 4,407MW

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The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) would have supplied the 11 Distribution Companies (DisCos) 6,410 Megawatts (Mw) on Monday, but for constraints ranging from water and gas shortages, as well as delays of switching on the Alaoji-Ikot Ekpene transmission line.

All the constraints culminated in the loss of 4,407MW on the day under review, said the NESI daily report that it yesterday posted on its website as part of Monday activities in the market .

Despite the challenges, The Nation gathered that the Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO) of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) sent out 2,003 Mega Watts MW to the 11 DisCos

It said the electricity market recorded 4,322MW gas constraints and lost 85MW consequent upon line constraint.

“Repair of critical gas pipelines is stalled due to threats to contractors by the so-called Niger Delta Avengers,” it was gathered yesterday.

The website of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) that made the disclosure as its daily summary report for Monday, added that that the market did not record any water constraint.

Following the data, the market would have supplied 6,410MW if there were no constraints.

The SO said that the constraints resulted in the loss of an equivalent of N2.115b.

It reported that : “On June 27 2016, average energy sent out was 2003 MWh/hour (up by 72MWh/h).  The reported gas constraint was 4322MW. The reported line constraint was 85MW. The water management constraint was 0MW. The power sector lost the estimated equivalent of N2,115, 000, 000 on June 27 2016 due to constraints.”

The Nation however learnt that Okpai has been reconnected to the grid. The source that spoke with our Abuja correspondent said that there was a total system collapse at 1505hours of June 25.

He added that Odukpani (Calabar) plant was shutdown in the wake of vandalism of critical pipeline infrastructure, stressing that Alaoji was also affected. The source also revealed to The Nation that “Ikot Ekpene switching station is undergoing pre-commissioning tests, also completed Alaoji-Ikot Ekpene 330KV DC Line is delayed.”


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