Hydro generation improves offsetting losses from gas plants


Electricity generation from the nation’s hydropower plants has recorded significant improvement, offsetting the losses caused by last week’s pipeline fire on the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS), that left six gas-fired power plants, including Egbin in Lagos, shut down, The Punch reports.

The number of power plants idle on Friday was 14 out of 28, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. 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 generation. Total electricity generation, which stood at 3,573.1 megawatts as of 6am on Monday, January 1, fell slightly to 3,539.1MW on Tuesday and 3,517.5MW on Wednesday (the morning after the grid collapse).

Unutilised generation capacity occasioned by gas constraint rose to 3,133.3MW as of 6am on Friday from 1,934.4MW on Tuesday. Generation from Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro hydro plants, which stood at 270MW, 230MW and 130MW, respectively as of 6am on Tuesday (before the grid collapse), rose to 339MW, 445MW and 428MW on Wednesday. As of Friday, January 5, Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro generated 411MW, 440MW and 442MW, respectively, translating to about 36.7 per cent of the total national generation of 3,517.5MW.