Power generation rises to 3,688 MW as prepaid meters raise concerns


The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has revealed that power supply has increased in the country

Latest power generation records show an increase to 3,688 megawatts (MW)

This is despite the constraints caused by nonavailability of gas

Electricity generation in Nigeria on Wednesday, April 12 rose to 3,688 MW, showing an increase of 64MW, when compared with generation recorded on Tuesday April 11.

The daily operational report of TCN which is presented in a graph by the company shows this. However, an estimated N1,485,000,000 was lost due to gas constraints.

When compared with when power generation was at 3,624MW, and they lost an estimated N1,428,000,000 due to gas constraints, it shows that there is still some major work to be done.

Below is a chart showing power generation in Nigeria from April 1 to April 12, 2017:

The increase in power generation is a welcome news to Nigerians

The report also showed that eight Generation Companies (GENCOs), produced zero megawatts of electricity for three consecutive days, including: Alaoji NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, Afam IV-V, A.E.S, ASCO, Trans -Amadi, River IPP and Gbarain NIPP.

However, Patrick Tolani, the chief executive officer of Community Energy Social Enterprise Limited, said the nation’s transmission infrastructure was obsolete and inadequate.

He said: “Our transmission infrastructure is not just obsolete, it is equally inadequate. The distribution infrastructure is substantially below expectation.

“For instance, it is still difficult to understand why Distribution Companies (DISCOs), cannot supply prepaid meters to customers who need them. This is crucial to engendering fair billing system.

“The regime of estimated billing does not work in the interest of the customers neither does it assist the DISCOs in any way.”

Meanwhile, on March 28, 2017, We reported that in their daily electricity generation chart, the TCN, said power generation rose to 4,232.6MW from 3,500MW recorded in the last two months.

Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) released the following statement: “The power sector is plagued with structural issues in all key areas – generation, gas supply, transmission and distribution.

“To name a few of these challenges, the operational capacity of the country’s power plants is less than a third of their installed capacity.

“Chronic vandalism has crippled oil and gas pipelines, creating gas shortages at power plants. “Under-investment in maintenance and infrastructure has constrained our transmission grid.

Finally, high collection and commercial losses have impacted the financial viability of the privatized distribution companies.”


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