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Six power generating plants was put out in 35 hours as power generation drops drastically



It was reported that six power plants across the country were shut down between 8:15pm on Thursday and 6:00am on Saturday, which resulted in the loss of power generation that went down to 1, 190.3 megawatts.

Information gotten from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator on Sunday saw that 11 generating power plants were not producing any megawatts of electricity as of 6:00am on Saturday.

The power plants that was said to be shut were the Afam IV&V, Geregu II, Sapele II, Alaoji, Olorunsogo II, Ihovbor, Gbarain, Ibom Power, AES, ASCO and Rivers IPP.

As at 6:00am on Saturday, there was a drop in power generation by 3,385MW out of the 4,575MW generated at 8:15pm on Thursday.

The Sapele II, Olorunsogo II, ASCO, AES and Gbarain were the only power plants to be shut down as at 8:15pm on Thursday.

Rivers State IPP was said to be shutdown as a result of youth restiveness, also, Ibom Power’s GT1 went out on inlet guide vane problem, GT2 out due to fire incident on the control panel, and the GT3 was out due to low load demand by distribution companies.

Gbarain was also said to be shut down as a result of breakage of the gas pipeline, Ihovbor was not working because of low demand by Discos and the issue of obtaining gas.

The Olorunsogo’s GT1 was put out because of inspection; GT2 and 3 stopped working because of issues relating to gas while GT4 was out due to cooling water system leakage.

The Alaoji’s GT1 and 2 also stopped because of low load demand by the Discos; GT3 was out due to issues of gas and GT4 awaiting spare part.

Also, Sapele’s GT1 stopped working due to gas constraint; GT2 and 4 were shut because of low load demand by the Discos; GT3 stopped working because of maintenance.

Two units (GT11 and GT12) at Afam IV & V were reported to have been scrapped; GT13, 14 and 16 were out due to blade failure; GT17 and 18 out due to low load demand by Discos; and GT19 and 20 were due to be refurbished.

There was a report on the power supply status on all 132/33/11kv interface substation, were the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission advised Discos against load rejection.

It stated, “Discos should be cautioned on deliberate refusal to clear faults on some 33kV feeders within the timeline of eight hours as stipulated in the Reporting Compliance Regulations.

“Discos should also be cautioned against deliberate isolation of some sections of 33kV feeders to limit the loading of the feeders and denying customers electricity services.”

Adam Abubakar is a renowned writer and poet. He Specializes in Writing Political News. He worked for five years as a writer and editor at the national news magazine.

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