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Junior Taamas
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The nation’s power generation dropped by
1,682 megawatts on Monday from 4,129.2MW
on Sunday.

Data from the Nigeria Electricity System
Operator, an arm of the Transmission Company
of Nigeria, showed that generation stood at
2,441MW as of 6.00 am on Monday.

Total power generation rose from zero
megawatt as of 6.00 am on Friday to 3,235MW
on Saturday, according to the data.

The power grid reportedly collapsed on
Wednesday and Thursday last week, worsening
electricity supply in many parts of the country.

The Managing Director, TCN, Usman
Mohammed, described the system collapse as
the worst ever since he took over the
leadership of the company.

The system operator put the nation’s installed
generation capacity at 12,910.40MW; available
capacity at 7,652.60MW; transmission
wheeling capacity at 8,100MW; and the peak
generation ever attained at 5,375MW.

The nation generates most of its electricity
from gas-fired power plants, while output
from hydropower plants makes up about 30
per cent of the total.

The TCN, which manages the national grid, is
still fully owned and operated by the

The grid has continued to suffer system
collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning
reserve that is meant to forestall such

Spinning reserve is the generation capacity
that is online but unloaded and that can
respond within 10 minutes to compensate for
generation or transmission outages.

Out of the five power stations meant to
provide spinning reserves, none has any actual
reserve, with the contracted reserve put at

The power stations are Egbin, Delta,
Olorunsogo NIPP, Geregu NIPP and Omotosho

The TCN MD said on Friday, “Since I became
the MD of TCN, the system instability recorded
in the last two days (Wednesday and Thursday)
was the worst because there was no time that
we had system instability where the restoration
took a longer time like this.

And the reason is – we had a high voltage
caused by the fact that electricity load was
being rejected by the Discos. And the load was
not being picked because of weak distribution
network. So that is the reason for that


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