Power generation in Nigeria dropped by 777.8 megawatts on Monday, the latest data from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has shown.
The plunge in the nation’s electricity generation followed the declines recorded in the outputs from the hydro-power plants and some thermal plants in the country.
According to the data, the total electricity generation fell to 2,684.20MW on Monday from 3,462MW recorded as of 6am on Sunday, indicating about 22.5 percent drop.
Nigeria’s electricity generation is driven majorly by supply from thermal power plants, while output from hydro-power plants contributes about 30 percent of the total power generation.
Power output from Egbin, the nation’s biggest power station, fell from 567MW as of 6am on Sunday to 436MW on Monday, while some other thermal plants including Geregu I, Geregu NIPP, Ibom Power, AES, ASCO and Odukpani NIPP could not generate any power as of 6am on Monday.
Power generation from Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro hydro plants plunged by 184MW, 72MW and 214MW on Friday to 133MW, 203MW and 162MW respectively as of 6am on Monday.
The dropped at the hydro-power stations was said to be caused by damage of some of their facilities.
At Jebba power plant, three units comprising 2G2, 2G3 and 2G4, were said to be out on frequency management, while 2G6 was out due to burnt generator winding and automatic voltage regulator.
Meanwhile, at Kanji hydro-power plant, 1G7 was said to be out on stator winding failure, while 1G8 and 1G9 were out due to oil leakage on governor runner head and burnt 7.5MVA 33/0.415kV and 183.6MVA 16/330kV station service transformer and generator transformer respectively. IG10 was shut down due to thrust bearing temperature problem.
Also, at Shiroro plant, power generation dropped at units 411G1, 411G2 and 411G3 due to frequency management, while unit 411G4 was out on maintenance.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had said the problem facing the power sector was largely driven by the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) in the country, while the DisCos had called on the need to engage relevant stakeholders to proffer solution to the lingering challenge.
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