NIGERIA’s power supply maintained an average of 4154 megawatts (mw) in the first three weeks of this month, with generation for the period under review recording a peak of about 4362 mw on the 12th of October.
It will be recalled that the country’s power generation attained its peak of 5074.7 mw and also the highest maximum daily energy wheeled nationwide of 109,372 mw hour (mwh) on Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016. The nation’s power grid recorded 21 collapses in the first half of the year, made up of 16 total collapses and five partial collapses. In the whole of 2015 and 2014, the grid collapsed 10 and 13 times respectively, with four partial collapses each. This indicated a worsening power situation in 2016.
Statistics obtained from both the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, indicated that electricity generated by the Generation Companies, GENCOs, for the first week of the month averaged 4133 mw, which latter dropped to 4088 mw the following week, while 4224 mw was recorded on the third week. The report further revealed that energy generated in mwh, for the last three weeks averaged 85,726 mwh, while energy sent out to the 11 distribution companies was 84,264 mwh in the first week, went up to 85,120 mwh in the second week before rising to 87, 630 mhw in the third week. Meanwhile, the off-peak generation, otherwise known as the lowest generation, stood at 3,203 mw in the first week, while 3,248 mw and 3,401 mw were recorded in the second and third week respectively. Though the country installed capacity stands at 11, 165.40 mw, the country’s network operational capability remained 5,500 mw. In spite of government’s efforts to increase electricity supply in the country, generation has continued to hover around 3,500 mw and 4,000 mw.