While the nation’s power generation has slightly improved in recent days, no fewer than half of its plants are still facing gas shortage, The Punch reports.
Increasing gas constraints largely occasioned by recent attacks on pipelines in the Niger Delta have left over 3,000 megawatts of the nation’s power generation capacity idle. The nation generates the bulk of its electricity from gas-powered power plants, while output from hydro-power plants makes up about 30 per cent of total generation.
As a result of the gas constraints, the unutilised electricity generation capacity in the country stood at 3,124MW as of January 1, 2017, according to industry data on Wednesday. The report listed plants affected by the gas shortage as Alaoji II, Geregu II, Omotosho II, Olorunsogo II, Odukpani II, and Ihovbor II, all of which were built under the National Integrated Power Project scheme. Others were Omotosho I, Olorunsogo II, Ibom Power, Egbin, Delta, Rivers IPP, and Trans Amadi.