Nigeria power generation on Saturday dropped to 2,661.82 82 Megawatts (MW) lowest as a result of the ongoing maintenance work at the Oben Gas Plant in Edo state.

In a statement yesterday, minister of power, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, said the power plant was partially shut down to enable repair work of the plant’s critical gas processing equipment.   

Engr. Aliyu in a statement said that the power generation dip was compounded because maintenance and capacity testing were also going on in other power plants on other gas sources.

“We wish to notify the general public that the current dip in electricity generation is a result of the partial shutdown of the Oben Gas Plant to address the repair of critical gas processing equipment,” the statement said.

The minister said that the operator of the gas plant, Seplat Energy Plc, has mobilized equipment, material, and personnel to the site to quickly restore normal gas supply to the affected power plants and that would subsequently restore the power generation.

“While pleading with electricity consumers with the current state of supply, we wish to assure the general public that efforts are being made for a sustained improvement of supply across the country,” Aliyu said.

Following the power dip, it was reported that power allocation to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC)  reduced from 650mw to 228.65mw.

The company in a public notice to customers said, “We are aware that the instability of electricity supply has persisted. This is still due to the reduced load allocation to our franchise area. AEDC’s allocation is currently 228.63mw which is significantly lower than the average allocation of 650mw during the optimal generation period.”

The System Operator (SO) unit of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) System Performance of June 3 had indicated that the highest power generation was 3,450.60mw; adding that total energy generated was 3,105mw while total energy sent out was 3,059mw.

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