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Nigeria’s Electricity Generation Plunges below 2,500MW

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Electricity generation in the Nigeria fell below 2,500 megawatts on Saturday amid low load demand by the distribution companies.  

According to the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, on Thursday Total output from the nation’s 27 power plants dropped from 3,364MW as of 6am to 2,649.1MW on Friday, and on Saturday,  It fell further to 2,492MW .


Latest data obtained on Sunday showed that 2,126MW generation capacity was unavailable as of Thursday as a result of low load demand by Discos.


The system operator put the nation’s installed generation capacity at 12,910.40MW; available capacity at 7,652.60MW; transmission wheeling capacity at 8,100MW; and the peak generation ever attained at 5,375MW.

Nigeria generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants while output from hydropower plants makes up about 30 per cent of the total.

According to the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the assured off-take from the national grid by the existing distribution networks is 3,500MW.

In a new document, called ‘Power Sector Policy Directives and Timelines,’  the ministry said “It is not a reflection of the actual demand or need for power and does not capture latent and unfulfilled energy needs of Nigerian consumers; 3,500MW is just the demand that is consistently taken by the available distribution infrastructure at any given time of day to supply customers and consumers.”

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