Vandalism: Power Supply Drops By 4,446MW

Power-supplyAttacks on gas pipelines by various militant groups in the Niger Delta brought power supply in the country on Sunday down by 4,446Megawatts (Mw).

As a result, the Nigeria System Operator (SO) of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) could only send out 2,902Mw to the 11 electricity distribution companies (DisCos).

This was disclosed by the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) on its website yesterday.

While the NESI said there was no water constraint on the day in review, it noted that the electricity sector, which recorded 214Mw line constrain, lost an equivalent of N2,237,000,000.

“On July 24, 2016, average power sent out was 2902Mwh/hour (up by 43 Mwh/h). The reported gas constraint was 4,446Mw. The reported line constraint was 214MwW. The water management constraint was 0Mw. The power sector lost the estimated equivalent of N2,237,000,000 on July 24, 2016 due to constraints”, it said.

Where there no constraints, the electricity market would have supplied 7,562Mw to DisCos but the gas and line challenges keep holding down the power sector, the NESI disclosed.

The NESI had said on July 17, 2016 that “average power sent out was 2670Mwh/hour (down by 100 Mwh/h).  The reported gas constraint was 4200Mw. The reported line constraint was 438Mw. The water management constraint was 0Mw. The power sector lost the estimated equivalent of N2,226,000,000 on July 17, 2016 due to constraints”.

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