The nation’s power generation has been struggling to stay above the 3,000 megawatts mark more than a year after it hit a peak of 5,074.70MW, despite the reported increase in gas supply to power plants, The Punch reports.
Total power generation, which dropped to as low as 2,563MW last month, stood at 3,229.8MW on August 16 from 2,447MW on August 5, the latest data obtained on Friday from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing stated. The nation’s unutilized generation capacity stood at 2,750.2MW as of August 16, with 2,325.3MW due to frequency management occasioned by load demand by distribution companies, the report stated.
The report also showed that six power plants were not generating any megawatt of electricity that day. The idle plants were given as Afam IV & V, Gbarain II, Ibom Power, AES, ASCO and Rivers IPP. Electricity generation from the nation’s biggest power station, Egbin, located in Lagos, stood at 362MW as of 6am on August 16. The power grid, which has suffered 13 total collapses this year, experienced its latest (partial) collapse on July 19.