Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Power generation hits 4,200MW

Power supply across the country is gradually picking up, as the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, reveals that power generation has moved up to 4,200 megawatt, MW, after the sharp reduction from the 5,074MW generation peak recorded on February 2, 2016.

Nigeria’s average electricity grid had dropped to 3,755MW in the later parts of February, thereby worsening the load shedding pattern and even resulting in total black outs in some parts of the country.

TCN had ascribed the drop to scheduled maintenance on pipelines supplying gas to the power generating stations as well as vandalism of vital electricity facilities. The drop in generation has caused severe reduction in load allocation from the national grid to the distribution firms.

However, a statement from TCN’s Assistant General Manager (Public Affairs), Clement Ezeolisah, states that the successful completion of maintenance on the gas pipeline is responsible for the current height.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Dr. Anthony Akah, had lamented incidents of vandalism that led to reduction in peak power supply recorded in February.

Akah therefore solicited support of members of the public and the council to collaborate with the service providers and security agencies in ensuring security of electrical installations.

He said that the commission would soon compel electricity distribution companies to publish their meter deployment schedules, so as to ensure adherence to the meter roll out plan, contained in the performance agreement signed with government by the utility firms.

Some electricity consumers however describe the recent drop in power supply, as a desperate attempt by investors in the power sector to sway public sympathy on the need to implement the proposed hike in electricity tariff.

The new tariff has been enmeshed in controversies, with members of the National Assembly asking electricity Distribution Companies and the NERC to stay action on the new tariff until consumers are properly metered.

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