By Obas Esiedesa
Most Nigerians are spending the Eid el-Fitr holidays without power as a gas pipeline rupture has resulted in massive drop in power generation across the country.
Most power generation companies were reported to be without gas supply which has led to the shutting of the plants.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in a statement on Sunday said the gas pipeline rupture was reported by Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) on Friday.
There were also reported technical issues at the Shell gas wells on Saturday which led to a sharp drop in generation into the grid by a total of 1,087.6MW, resulting in load-shedding nationwide, necessary to maintain stability of the grid.
The statement by TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah said due to the NGC pipeline incident, six thermal power generating stations are currently unable to generate electricity and have therefore been shut down.
“The affected power stations include the Ihovbor, Azura, Omotosho gas, Geregu gas, Olorunsogo gas, Sapele and the Egbin Power Station which has managed to generate 60MW only on each of its units, losing a total of 211MW.
“Also, Afam VI power station was shut down so that Shell Oil Company can resolve its gas well issues to enable it commence gas supply to Afam VI power station”, she added.
TCN explained that with a total loss of 1,087.6MW into the grid, the transmission system has become quite fragile, stressing that TCN is working hard to avert a collapse of the system, by engaging in load-shedding.
Load-shedding, she explained, is to ensure that available generation is commensurate with what is allocated to discos nationwide, to create a balance and avert grid instability.
The release further noted that NGC is making efforts to ensure that the gas pipeline issues are resolved in order to restore normal gas supply to the affected power generating stations, to enable them generate into the grid. Meanwhile Shell has resolved its gas well issue this morning and gas supply partially restored to Afam VI.
TCN noted that there has been no collapse of the grid as reported in the news.
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) had on Saturday informed customers in the FCT, Kogi, Niger and Nasarawa states who were without supply of load shedding to low allocation from the national grid.
The utility said it was receiving just 200MW from the grid which had made it impossible to service all customers at the same time.