Epileptic electricity supply: Majority of power plants performing below capacity – NERC

Most power plants in Nigeria perform less than capacity as the nation grapples with an epileptic power supply.

Data from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission disclosed that sixteen of 26 power plants operate at around 37 per cent capacity.

Accordingly, the data showed some power plants such as – Afam IV-V, Sapele ST, Olorunsogo NIPP, Omotosho NIPP, Sapele GT NIPP, Ihovbor NIPP, Geregu NIPP, Omotosho, Olorunsogo, Ibom Power, River IPP, Omoku, Trans Amadi, Paras, Taopex Energy and Dadin Kawa- currently produce just about 1,053MW (37 per cent) of the power consumed in-country.

On the other hand, only ten power plants classified as major, including Egbin ST, Delta GS, Kainji Afam VI, Odukpani, Shiroro, Jebba, Okpai, Azura IPP and Geregu currently generate 56 per cent, about 3,398MW of total power consumed.

Although the 26 plants have a total installed capacity of 12,199 megawatts, current electricity generation is less than 4000 MW, far from what the country requires to reach industrialisation.

The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, lamented that the country cannot continue with 4000 MW generation capacity.

He had vowed to increase the generation capacity to 6000 megawatts in six months.

For more than a decade, Nigeria suffered from untamed power challenges.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria recently blamed vandalism of its facilities and gas constraints for the continued interrupted power supply in the country.

Recall that on March 28, the National grid collapsed for the fourth time in 2024.

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