Nigeria’s Power Generation Rises by 979.2mw with 16 Power Plants Recording Increases in outputs
Electricity generation in Nigeria rose by 979.2 megawatts yesterday to 4,312.1MW as 16 power plants recorded increases in their outputs, according data from Nigerian Electricity System Operator.
In the same way, the number of idle plants dropped to nine as of 6am on Sunday from 11 at 6am on Saturday, when power generation stood at 3,332.9MW.
Further in the data, the plants that did not generate any megawatts of electricity as of 6am on Sunday were Afam IV & V, Sapele II, Alaoji, Olorunsogo II, Ihovbor, Gbarain, Ibom Power, AES and ASCO.
Sapele I and Omotosho II, which were idle as at 6am on Saturday, generated 36MW and 26.1MW on Sunday.
Nigeria generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydropower plants makes up about 30% of the total generation. Generation from Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro hydro plants, which stood at 182MW, 289MW and 412MW, respectively as of 6am on Saturday, rose to 305MW, 300MW and 450MW yesterday.
Electricity generation from Nigeria’s biggest power station, Egbin, increased to 454MW as of 6am on Sunday from 304MW on Saturday, the report said. Other plants that recorded increases in their outputs on Sunday were Delta (gas), Omotosho I, Olorunsogo I, Geregu II, Odukpani, Okpai, Azura-Edo, Afam VI, Omoku and Rivers IPP.
The amount of power generation capacity left unused fell to 3,005.9MW as of 6am on Sunday from 3,558.9MW on Saturday. Gas constraints and low load demand by the distribution companies hampered the generation of 2,019.7MW and 986.2MW respectively on Sunday, according to NESO.
The system operator put the national peak demand forecast at 28,290MW; installed generation capacity at 12,910.40MW; available capacity at 7,652.60MW; transmission wheeling capacity at 8,100MW; and peak generation at 5,420.30MW.
By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja