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Power generation drops to 3,657MW with hydro output falls

NIGERIA’S electricity generation has reportedly fallen below the 4,000 megawatts mark on Sunday as the output of the hydropower plants plunged by more than a third.

According to information from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator, the power plants on the national grid generated 3,657MW as of 6am on Sunday, down from 4156.7MW on Saturday.

As of 6am on Sunday, March 21, a total of 2,792.6MW of generation capacity was idle as a result of gas constraints, low load demand by the distribution companies and water management, compared to 2,195.1MW on Saturday.

Nigeria generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydropower plants makes up about 30 per cent of the total generation.

On Sunday, three of the four hydropower plants saw their combined output fall by 36.66 per cent to 660MW as of 6am, from 1,042MW on Saturday.

Power generation at Kainji hydropower plant declined to 279MW on Sunday from 333MW; Jebba’s output fell to 261MW from 415MW; while Shiroro’s generation level dropped to 120MW from 294MW.

Electricity output of the country’s biggest power station, Egbin in Lagos, was reported to have dropped to 651MW as of 6am on Sunday from 821MW on Saturday.

The ten of the power plants on the national grid were idle, not generate any megawatts of electricity as of 6am on Sunday.

While six were built under the National Integrated Power Project, namely Geregu II, Sapele II, Alaoji, Omotosho II, Ihovbor, and Gbarain, the other four are Ibom Power, AES, ASCO and Egbin ST6.

According to information from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator, the power plants on the national grid generated 3,657MW as of 6am on Sunday, down from 4156.7MW on Saturday.

As of 6am on Sunday, March 21, a total of 2,792.6MW of generation capacity was idle as a result of gas constraints, low load demand by the distribution companies and water management, compared to 2,195.1MW on Saturday.

Nigeria generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydropower plants makes up about 30 per cent of the total generation.

On Sunday, three of the four hydropower plants saw their combined output fall by 36.66 per cent to 660MW as of 6am, from 1,042MW on Saturday.

Power generation at Kainji hydropower plant declined to 279MW on Sunday from 333MW; Jebba’s output fell to 261MW from 415MW; while Shiroro’s generation level dropped to 120MW from 294MW.

Electricity output of the country’s biggest power station, Egbin in Lagos, was reported to have dropped to 651MW as of 6am on Sunday from 821MW on Saturday.

The ten of the power plants on the national grid were idle, not generate any megawatts of electricity as of 6am on Sunday.

While six were built under the National Integrated Power Project, namely Geregu II, Sapele II, Alaoji, Omotosho II, Ihovbor, and Gbarain, the other four are Ibom Power, AES, ASCO and Egbin ST6.

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