Nigeria loses 1,899MW as seven power plants collapse

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The latest industry data on sector reforms and activities has revealed that the collapse of seven power plants across Nigeria has resulted in a total electricity load loss of 1, 899.7 Megawatts.

This report indicated that four out of this plants owned by the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) were shutdown, while the remaining have been functional for days.

Partial collapse occurred on January 12, 2017. At 8:41hours, system frequency dropped from 51Hz to 43Hz. Lagos, Oshogbo, Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro lost supply, while other areas survived. The total load loss was 1,899.7MW. As of 6am on January 13, the following plants were still shut down: Geregu NIPP and Sapele NIPP, in addition to the plants previously reported as shut down. Plants previously reported as shut down include Alaoji NIPP, Ihovbor NIPP and Gbarain,” it stated.

It added that gas constraint accounted for 2,680MW, while grid and water management constraints were both zero megawatt. Due to these constraints, the power sector lost an estimated N1.358bn,

Nigeria has been witnessing poor power supply which have crippled industry sectors and affected households in the country. These situations have been blamed on lack of adequate investment by electricity firms.

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