10 Power Plants Shut As Electricity System Collapse

The nation’s power generation fell by over 1,000 megawatts as four power plants were down on Saturday, bringing the total number to 10.

The Power sector recorded a total system collapse on Friday, September 16, 2016, the 17th time this year, industry data obtained on Sunday revealed.

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The total power generation stood at 2,555.7MW as of 6am on Saturday, down from 3,596.2MW the previous day, worsening the outage being experienced by households and businesses across the country.

Electricity from the nation’s biggest power station, Egbin, located in Lagos, hit a record low of 246MW on Saturday from 425MW on Friday, while output from the Shiroro Power Station in Niger State, one of the nation’s hydropower plants, hit a high of 600MW.

The plants that were shut down after the collapse included 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.

Recall that the Transmission Company of Nigeria on February 2, 2016 announced that the nation had achieved its peak generation of 5,074.70MW while plunged to a record low of 1,400MW on May 17.

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