Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

FCT, Kogi, Niger to endure power blackouts

 

Electricity consumers in the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states are to witness load shedding for a while as power allocation to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, continues to drop.

The AEDC on Saturday lamented that it received less than 200 megawatts in power allocation on Saturday from the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, an allocation that was too meagre to cover the FCT and the three states.

On Saturday and Sunday most parts of Nigeria including the four locations covered by the AEDC experienced blackouts, a situation the TCN explained was as a result gas shortages which led to a significant reduction in power generation and distribution.

Spokesperson of the TCN, Ms. Ndidi Mbah, in a statement on Sunday said a gas pipeline rupture was reported by the Nigeria Gas Company, NGC, on June 15, while Shell Nigeria gas wells also developed a fault on June 16, causing a drop of 1,087 megawatts in national grid generation.

The ruptures, Mbah said, has compelled distribution companies to embark on a “massive load-shedding nationwide’ in order to “maintain stability of the grid”.

So far, seven power stations: Ihovbor, Azura Edo, Omotosho gas, Geregu gas, Olorunsogo gas, Sapele and the Egbin Power Station, have been shut down due to serious faults.

Egbin generates 60 megawatts on each of its units, losing a total of 211 megawatts, Mbah explained, also disclosing that Afam VI power station was shut down to enable Shell resolve the damage to its gas wells and be back online. The issue had been partially resolved and Shell was able to supply power to Afam VI, although at a low capacity for now.

But she gave the assurance that efforts have intensified to avert a collapse of the system.

Load shedding is a constant feature of electricity generation and distribution in Nigeria where power is rationed to enable all areas have power at specific periods.

 

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