Electricity generation drops to 2,447MW, worst in recent times
The nation’s power generation dropped by 1,682 megawatts.The power grid reportedly collapsed on Wednesday and Thursday last week, worsening electricity supply in many parts of the country.
The Managing Director, TCN, Usman Mohammed, described the system collapse as the worst ever since he took over the leadership of the company.
The system operator put the nation’s installed generation capacity at 12,910.40MW; available capacity at 7,652.60MW; transmission wheeling capacity at 8,100MW; and the peak generation ever attained at 5,375MW.
The nation generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydropower plants makes up about 30 per cent of the total. The TCN, which manages the national grid, is still fully owned and operated by the government.
The grid has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.
Spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.
Out of the five power stations meant to provide spinning reserves, none has any actual reserve, with the contracted reserve put at 295MW.
The power stations are Egbin, Delta, Olorunsogo NIPP, Geregu NIPP and Omotosho NIPP.