Four Power Plants Shut Down as Idle Plants Rise to Nine


Four of the nation’s power plants shut down this week, making the number of idle plants to rise to nine, The Punch reports.

The number of power plants that did not generate any megawatts rose from five on Sunday to eight on Monday and one more shut down on Tuesday, the latest data from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing showed on Wednesday. The latest four affected power plants are Sapele I, Alaoji NIPP, Omotosho NIPP and Gbarain NIPP. Other idle plants on Tuesday were Afam IV & V, Gbarain II, AES, ASCO and Rivers IPP, according to the latest data from the ministry.

Electricity generation from Egbin, the nation’s biggest power station, stood at 449MW on Tuesday, down from 1,085MW on March 15, 2016. The total generation stood at 3,837 megawatts as of 6am on Monday, with seven power plants, including Sapele II and Alaoji II not generating any megawatt. The power grid has suffered 24 collapses; 15 of which are total and nine, partial, this year. Unutilised generation capacity stood at 2,321.2MW due to gas constraint (1,137.2MW), line constraints (1,034MW) and water management (150MW).

Source: Energy Mix Report

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