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Electricity Generation Hits New 4,545mw Peak

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 1:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•  No Improved Power Supply In 63% Of Homes  – Survey

By Obas Esiedesa  –   Abuja


In what may have further buttressed its stance that the national grid never ‘suffered series of system collapses recently,’ as alleged by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on Tuesday, said electricity generation into the grid has hit a new-all time high of 4,545 megawatts.

This, the company said follows noticeable improvements in gas supply to power plants across the country.

The previous power transmission peak of 4,517mw was attained on December 23, 2012, under the then Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji.

AEDC had claimed that it was able to distribute just above 100mw, as against the normal load of about 250mw.

In a statement by TCN’s spokesman and General Manager (Public Affairs), Seun Olagunju, in Abuja, there has been no such system collapses and AEDC was never restricted to power levels below its allocation.

According to her, “it is public knowledge that the frequency of system collapses has been going down drastically following several equipment and infrastructure upgrade by TCN, besides aggressive capacity building of the system operators. In 2013, there were 22 instances of system collapses and in 2014, this was drastically brought down to only nine.

“This year, the transmission grid has experienced only four system collapses out of which two in May were attributed to extremely low generation of around 1400MW due to gas supply shortages.

“In fact, majority of these collapses are due to shortages in gas supply which creates serious load/generation imbalance. But there is a serious effort ongoing to reduce these collapses”, she explained.

The statement further added that: “TCN, has secured spinning reserve contracts of 295mw, to provide stability and cushion the system in an event of sudden load/generation changeover.”

TCN affirmed that it would continue to work at enhancing the transmission capacity and reliability of the national grid in order to provide improved and sustainable power delivery to the electricity distribution companies (DISCOs).

Last year, the peak level of electricity generation in the country was 4,100mw, while the all-time-low in recent times is 1,600mw.

TCN assured that it would continue working towards enhancing its power wheeling capability and reliability of the network to be able to deliver more quality electricity from the generation plants to the distribution companies nationwide.

Meanwhile, despite this improvement, a survey released Tuesday, by NOIPolls, shows that over 63 per cent of households in Nigeria have not seen improvement in power supply in the past 30 months, despite billions of dollars spent by the Federal Government in an attempt to reform the sector.

The survey result released for the second quarter of 2015 revealed that only an average of 36.4 percent of Nigerian households attested to seeing improvement in power supply over a 30-month period.

NOI Polls said its finding “is in no doubt influenced by the challenges faced from the generation, transmission and distribution end of the power sector.

“More findings revealed that the power sector has been characterised   by an erratic supply of power as there has been no clear consistency in the state of power over this period, with months of slight improvements as well as most often, months with no visible improvement.

“For instance there has been a consistent decline in the proportion of Nigerians who saw improvement from January 2015 (32percent) to May 2015 (17 percent); however an upward movement was recorded in June 2015, as 44 per cent of Nigerians attested to seeing improvement in power supply; thus representing a significant increase of 27-points from May to June 2015.

“Moreover, nationwide quarterly averages revealed that second quarter 2015, recorded the worst power rating, while third quarter of 2014 recorded the best power rating so far at 45 percent”.

NOIPolls added that “in a general view of power tracking by geo-political zones over a 30 month period, the larger proportion of Nigerian households across all geopolitical zones have generally seen no improvement in power supply.

“In line with this, the South-West zone recorded the lowest overall average power improvement rating at 32 percent over the period in view, thus indicating that this zone is the worst hit zone in terms of poor power supply. On the other hand, the South-East zone seemed to have enjoyed relatively the best power supply with an overall average of 41 per cent”.