Power supply will drop further, TCN warns Nigerians

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Power supply will drop 50 megawatts on Wednesday, the punch has learned.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, in a statement on Monday, said the drop was the result of scheduled annual “preventive maintenance” on the line bay of the Lekki transmission substation in Lagos.

During the maintenance period, approximately 50MW will be interrupted affecting the power supply of phase 1 of Lekki, Oniru, Elegushi, Waterfront, Igbo Efon and Twenty-first Century Estate in Lagos State.

“TCN regrets any inconvenience this may cause to electricity consumers in the affected area,” the statement said.

The announcement follows a pledge by the Electricity Regulatory Commission of Nigeria to provide at least 5,000MW of electricity to Nigerians from July 1.

Checks by the punch showed that peak generation at 3:24 p.m. Monday was 3,967 MW, while the lowest generation was 3,539 MW, according to statistics from Nigerian power system operator, NESO.

NERC had responded to a widespread public outcry over the constant collapse of the power grid system, more than four incidents recorded so far this year.

According to the commission, everyone is on deck to ensure an increase in electricity production and supply to electricity consumers, adding that all stakeholders, including gas companies, have signed contracts binding for this purpose.

“Although there have been contracts in the past, they were not binding and the parties could decide not to honor them. But with the new agreement, we would ensure that no party defaults once the contracts are signed. Anyone who fails to fulfill their obligations will be held accountable and will be punished,” NERC Chairman Garba Sanusi told a media conference in Lagos.

However, a counting expert, Sesan Okunade, had said the punch that power generation was not what Nigeria should be struggling to solve at the moment.

“We generated more than that before which was sold to neighboring countries. Our problem is the transmission and the Disco whose infrastructure is not able to retain power if more power is transmitted from the Genco. Some of the reasons for system collapse are excess kilowatt not collected by Disco due to technical and commercial loss.

He stated that NERC should mandate the Disco on a good connection policy devoid of the curweb currently in the network so that the energy is well taken into account; adding that it will help to know if others need to be forwarded to this disco.

“A good connection policy and investment in transformers to replace obsolete ones will help ensure that what is generated is actually received by Discos,” he added.

Experts say Nigeria needs at least 30,000 MW to achieve energy sufficiency.

National Chairman, Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria, Barr. Chijioke James, asked why NERC should still set a target of 5,000 MW when Nigerian consumers learned years ago that generation capacity was over 6,000 MW.

“We are therefore surprised that in 2022, NERC promises the delivery of 5000MW.

This does not give consumers confidence that the current situation will change for the better sooner rather than later,” he said.


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