More setbacks for national grid as generation falls by 25%

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By Ismail Auwal

The national grid’s power supply fell by 25.3 percent to 3,320.70 Megawatts from 4,446.02MW last Sunday.

According to data provided by the National System Operator, 19 power generation companies were connected to the grid as of 5 p.m. yesterday.

Egbin Power was the largest electricity supplier, with 544MW, followed by Azura-Edo IPP with 426MW and Delta Power with 367MW. Omoku (Gas) had the fewest suppliers, with 46.20MW, and Paras Energy had the most, with 46.80MW, the Punch reports.

The data shows that the eleven electricity distribution companies were only willing to take 2,949.02MW, leaving 371.68MW unallocated.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, announced the latest adjustment to electricity tariffs last Thursday, with some customers facing a 12% price increase.

Despite the new rate, the DisCos have continued to underperform with continuing load rejection.

But the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED, blamed the system operator, a unit at the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, for the low supply by the DisCos.

ANED explained that the loads nominated by the DisCos were more than what they were getting from the national grid.

A statement by ANED’s Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Sunday Oduntan, read:    “There were significant periods of low or reduced energy supply nationwide, leading up to the month of April, as a result of the various factors stated by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, in March of this year. As such, the energy supplied to the distribution end of the value chain has been constrained.

“DisCos remain committed to continually improving on electricity supply services, based on the energy  made available to them on the grid on a daily basis. 

”Additionally, we continue to believe that the challenges of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, can best be resolved with collaboration and alignment of all the interests of the stakeholders versus finger pointing.”

In a bid to ensure more power supply to high end users by utilizing spare capacity, NERC disclosed at the weekend that the power generation companies were re-negotiating the terms for contracted capacity with the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading, NBET, Plc.

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