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Blackout in Nigeria As Nine Power Plants Breakdown




Most parts of the country have been thrown into outer darkness due to power outages/shortages caused by a breakdown of nine National Integrated Power Plants (NIPPs) supplying electricity to the national grid.

The affected plants are Sapele, Afam, Olorunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor while Jebba Plant is currently down for annual maintenance.

Also, seven other integrated power plants namely Geregu, Sapele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omoku, Paras and Alaoji are experiencing gas constraints while the Shiroro plant has water management problems.

The Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr Aaron Artimas on Thursday, said the development has drastically affected power generation, thus affecting supply to the national grid.

“In view of this, the Minister of Power regrets this unfortunate situation and offers his sincere apology to all affected Nigerians on the inconveniences the power shortages are causing.

“He assures that the ministry through the appropriate agencies is working assiduously to rectify the technical problems affecting the plants as well as resolving the gas issues to the others,” it read.

The minister further assured that the national grid will be restored to its previous historic distribution peak of about 5,600MW of electricity achieved earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in its Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR), for January 2021 said gas supply for power generation increased for the month.

It said to guarantee energy security, the Corporation supplied a total of 1.44 billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), translating to 46.30 million litres/day, across the country in the period under review.

In the gas sector, a total of 223.55 billion cubic feet (BCF) of natural gas was produced in the month of January 2021, translating to an average daily production of 7,220.22 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).

Also, the daily average natural gas supply to gas power plants according to the report, increased by 2.38 per cent to 836mmscfd, equivalent to power generation of 3,415MW.

Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.