Nigeria’s 26 Power Plants Near Moribund

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……..Record 70% Capacity Drop

A new data has the information that the combined generation capacity of 26 power plants in Nigeria has dropped by 70%. The data released by the Nigeria Industry Supply Industry shows that the capacity of the plants dropped from a total of 13,461 megawatts to 4,022mw as at when they were last tested in July 2021.

A breakdown shows that the four hydro plants under the power purchase agreement (PPA) such as Kainji plant (hydro) with an original 760mw capacity, had approximately 153mw capacity as at July last year, while Jebba with 576mw capacity, reduced to 332mw.

The data has it further that Shiroro plant with a nameplate capacity of 600mw already dropped to 248mw, whereas Mabon with 40mw capacity is moribund.

The gas plants under the PPA such as Egbin, went from 1100mw to 606mw Sapele from 1020mw to 46mw, Delta from 900mw to 281mw, AfamIV-V production capacity went from 776mw to 67mw, and Geregu capacity dropped from 414mw to 277mw.

Azura’s capacity also went from 450mw to 421mw, Agip dropped from 465mw to 29MW, Shell from 650mw to 287mw, Olorunsogo from 304mw to 195mw and Omotosho also dropped from 304mw to 254mmw.

The last batch of eight gas plants under the National Integrated Power Project such as Geregu, Sapele Alaoji, Olorunsogo, Omotosho, Ihovbor, Calabar, and Gbarain nameplate capacities formerly at 434mw, 450mw, 960mw, 675mw, 500mw, 450mw, 563mw, and 225mw respectively, witnessed a crash in capacities to 77mw, 33mw, 58mw, 23mw, 43mw, 17mw, and 236mw respectively.

The industry data said government-owned gas plants still under the PPA such as Ibom Power, OmokuFIPL, Trans Amadi FIPL, and Afam FIPL, generation capacities went from 190mw, 150mw, 130mw, 360mw with Eleme not generating into the grid, to 13mw, 31mw, 76mw, and 65mw respectively.

Total capacity of all the plants which was put at 13,461mw at the beginning, dropped to a low of 4,022mw as of July 2021.

The account of the drops in capacity of the plants come even the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (NERC) promise to deliver at least 5000mw of electricity to the system come July 1.

Unfortunately, report says Nigeria’s power generation had, as of last month, crashed to an all-time low of 9mw per day.

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