Nigeria’s Power Sector Loses 4,368 Megawatts to Vandalism

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The Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) yesterday suffered a colossal setback losing 4,368 mega watts (Mw) as a result of vandalism of gas pipelines.

It was learnt that on the day under review, the Service Operator of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) sent out 3,001Mw to the 11 distribution companies (DisCos). The electricity market however recorded 0Mw line constraint and 0Mw water management constraint. Were there no losses, the sector would have evacuated 7,369Mw to the DisCos. Following the losses, the NESI lost about N2.09 billion.

“Geregu I and II, Alaoji NIPP and Odukpani were shut down as at 6.00am this morning due to gas constraints. Low spinning reserve may indicate lower grid stability. Further vandalism on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline Service (ELPS) line and Trans National Pipeline (TNP) has increased gas constraints and impacted generation negatively. Review of MDA debt submissions are underway by the Office of the Vice President,”a source said.

Source: Energy Mix

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