In a bid to explain why the nation experience blackout through out last weekend, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has revealed that that only 50 out of the 140 power generating turbines in the country were currently functional.
Fashola while speaking during a live television programme in Abuja, gave further reasons why some parts of Nigeria had been thrown into darkness in the past few days as he stated that about 90 power generating turbines across the country were not functional.
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He said, “The first problem is that there’s not enough power. Today, we have 25 power plants. Three – Shiroro, Jebba and Kainji – are hydro plants, while the rest are gas-fired plants. We have an installed capacity of about 12,000 megawatts. Also, we have about 140 turbines installed, but available capacity is about 8,000MW.
“Now, the power being generated comes from only about 78 turbines out of 140 and they are largely fired by gas. Now, that power has gone down because we had gas outage due to the failure of pipelines. And as a result of that, 78 turbines dropped to maybe about 50 because there was no gas. As of yesterday’s (Monday) energy report that I got, we were producing only 3,393MW. I will get today’s (Tuesday) report.
“But let me be very clear, this problem can be solved. It just needs somewhat a detailed and methodical approach. So, the first work to do is to supply more gas; for without gas, we can’t have power. The Ministry of Petroleum Resources is working on this and we have agreed to provide more gas to all the struggling power plants. So, there are errors of planning of yesterday, but they are errors that can be corrected.”