How long will the Energy crisis Last: 10 power plants shut down, 1,041MW lost


 Recently,the nation’s power generation dropped by over 1,041 megawatts,this is as a result of four power plants being down on Saturday, September 17,2016 now making the total number of plants not generating electricity at the moment to 10,should this be so in a nation known to produce oil,a country known to other African countries as the giant of Africa?

 Nigeria recorded a total system collapse on Friday, September 16, 2016, which is now the 17th time this year where such mishap in the oil and gas sector is occuring.


The total power generation as at Saturday  was 2,555.7MW, from 3,596.2MW on Friday, worsening the current outage experienced by households and businesses across the country.

 Egbin power station which is Nigeria’s biggest electricity power station, located in Lagos, drastically reduced from  246MW on Saturday from 425MW on Friday, while energy generation from the Shiroro Power Station in Niger State, one of Nigerian’s hydro-power plants, was recorded to be 600MW.


The following plants were shut down after the collapse; Olorunsogo I and Olorunsogo II in Ogun State; Omotosho II in Ondo State; and Ihovbor located in Edo State, with installed capacities of 294MW, 500MW, 500MW and 225MW respectively.


Olorunsogo II and Omotosho II, which were built under the National Integrated Power Project, had on Friday generated 171MW and 83.5MW, while Olorunsogo I and Ihovbor produced 148.1MW and 165.6MW, respectively.


The units GT1 and 3 of Olorunsogo II were said to be untied after the system collapse of September 16; while GT2 and ST2 were out due to gas constraints; GT4 out due to water leakage on the generator cooler; and ST1 out on maintenance.


Omotosho II’s units GT2, GT3 and GT4 were said to be out due to gas constraints, while the GT1 was not yet tied after the system collapse.


Five of Omotosho I’s units, namely GT1, 3, 5, 7 and 8, were not yet tied after the system collapse; GT2 and 4 out due to gas constraints, and GT6 out on vibration trouble.


Ihovbor’s units GT1 and 3 were not yet tied after the system collapse; GT2 shut down due to oil leakage from the auxiliary compartment, and GT4 out due to unit transformer problem.


The system collapse also affected the Jebba Hydro Power Station as two of its units, 2G4 and 5, were said to be still untied as of Saturday, with its output falling to 277MW from 408MW on Friday.


Units GT2, 5, 7 and 8 of Omotosho I and GT2 of Alaoji II in Abia State are also not yet tied.


The following plants did not generate any megawatts of electricity on Saturday; Sapele I, Afam IV&V, Afam VI, AES, ASCO and Rivers IPP.


The national grid has recorded 22 collapses this year – 17 total and five partial which begs the urgent attention of the government and stakeholders in general.The country generates most of its electricity from gas-fired plants, while output from hydro-power plants makes up about 30 per cent of total generation.In what was a big blow to electricity generation in the country, Shell’s Forcados export terminal was hit mid-February, forcing the oil giant to declare force majeure on the export of the crude oil grade.


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had recently said that, The nation has lost over 1,500MW of power supply to the damage as gas supply from Forcados, which is Nigeria’s major artery, accounts for 40 to 50 per cent of gas production.


The Transmission Company of Nigeria on February 2, 2016 announced that the nation had achieved its peak generation of 5,074.70MW.


But the feat was short-lived as generation dropped below the 4,000MW mark later that month, plunging to a record low of 1,400MW on May 17, according to the TCN. With all these recent happenings,the question on everybody’s lips is;how long will the energy crisis last?Something has to be done real quick.



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