Nigeria’s grid loses 2,588mw to load rejection, gas shortages

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The Nigerian electricity grid lost 2,588 megawatts (mw) to the rejection of energy by some of the 11 Distribution Companies (DisCos), and the shortage of gas across six Generation Companies (GenCos), Daily Trust reports.

Daily power statistics from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing indicates that the loss occurred between last Saturday and Sunday. About 18 GenCos were affected due to these challenges along with constraints in transmission lines around the Calabar axis. The analysis revealed that 793mw was lost to inadequate gas at six GenCos.

Constraints in transmission lines caused the loss of 117mw at Odukpani NIPP where it was reported that a transmission tower was hacked near Calabar by vandals last week. The variation in the load demands of the DisCos often referred to as load rejection triggered the loss of 1,528mw.  With the rainy season out, the constraint of water management is gradually setting in. Shiroro hydropower plant lost 150mw of electricity due to that.