Since 2011 when a one-time Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji, embarked on a generation capacity recovery exercise prior to the electricity sector privatisation exercise, Nigerians usually enjoyed longer hours of electricity supply during the rainy seasons when water collection in the reservoirs of the three hydro power stations – Kainji, Jebba, and Shiroro – are high and able to drive most of their turbines to give out more power, THISDAY reports.
This continued until about October when the rainy season peaked and water levels in the reservoirs began to recede with some turbines getting idle again. At these times, power generated from the hydros is often combined with what is given out by the gas generation plants to grow generation to an average of 35000MW.
However, as power generation in Nigeria falls below a seemingly traditional 4, 000 megawatts, despite the rains that should normally fill up the hydro dams for optimum generation, the President of Nigerian Gas Association, Mr. Dada Thomas, recently decried the reliance on seasonal rains for improvement of generation and supply. Thomas stated that the nationwide shortage of natural gas supply was the most critical issue facing the Nigerian power sector.