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Power generation falls to 2,983mw as 8 power plants remain idle



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Two more power plants in the country went idle on Tuesday, bringing the total to 8 as Nigeria’s power generation capacity suffered a major setback.

Consequently, total generated power plunged to 2,983 megawatts from the 3,336.5MW recorded on Monday.

According to the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, the 27 power plants in Nigeria had generated 4,191.8MW as of 6am on Saturday. However, it crumbled to 1,843.3MW on Sunday.

Gbarain, Alaoji II, Omotosho II, AES IPP, Sapele II, ASCO IPP, Olorunsogo II and Ihovbor powe plants did not generate any electricity on Tuesday.

The output of Egbin, the largest power plant in Nigeria, dropped from 471MW on Monday to 336MW the following day. It generated 645MW on Saturday.

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The GT1 and GT2 units at Sapele are out on maintenance while the GT3 and GT4 are not operational due to gas constraint.

The GT1, GT2 and GT3 units at Alaoji are idle on account of low load demand by distribution companies (Discos) while the GT4 is out on maintenance.

Olorunsogo’s GT2 and GT4 are idle because of gas constraints. The G3 is out due to low load demand from Discos.

Ihovbor’s four units are currently experiencing gas constraints while Gbarain is not operating as a result of breach to its gas pipeline.

ASCO’s STI unit is idle owing to leakage in the furnace. AES has been out of production since 27th September 2014.

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