Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Thursday September 14th 2023

Posted by News Room September 14, 2023

Breaking: Blackout as Nigeria’s electricity generation drops 93.5% to 273MW

Nigeria’s power supply dropped by 93.5 per cent to 273 megawatts, MW in the early hours of today, from  4,182MW recorded on Monday, this week, following a complete system collapse, due to equipment failure or grid disturbance in the sector.

Data obtained by Vanguard from Nigeria Electricity System Operator, the semi-autonomous arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, showed that Afam VI, Dadinkowa, Ibom Power, Jebba, Olorunsogo generated 0.70MW, 0.00MW, 32.90MW, 240MW and zero respectively.

Managing Director/CEO of TCN, Sule Abdulaziz, did not respond to calls and text messages, but a top industry leader, who confirmed the development, said: “The grid has been very unstable for days before the latest system collapse. As we speak, there is blackout.”



Stakeholders play blame game as power generation crashes 59%

An indication emerged on Tuesday that Nigeria’s electricity generation infrastructure may have suffered further deterioration resulting in a massive crash to 1,705 megawatts, MW, output, about the lowest in recent years. The output was 4,182 MW previous day.

Both the regulators and the operators declined to speak officially on what happened but unofficial information from the Association of Power Generating Companies, attributed the sudden system crash to equipment failure, lack of gas and other problems in the sector.

The source in one of the GENCOs said that the power value chain is the cause for the drastic drop.

The source also said GENCOs believe the foreign exchange crisis, shortage of gas as well as TCN incapacity to address challenges in the sector caused the sudden drop in generation as the system has become more fragile.



NERC Set to Cut Discos’ Response Time, Launches App to Report Power Outages

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has officially made public a new application meant to report electricity outages by Nigerians and reduce response time by power Distribution Companies (Discos).

The power sector regulator stated that aside providing a platform for quick resolution of customer complaints, it will also act as a three-way interface between customers , Discos and NERC almost on a real-time  basis.

At the launch of the pilot Power Outage Reporting System (PORS) at the NERC headquarters in Abuja, the Chairman, Mr Sanusi Garba, explained that the move will assist the in fast-tracking service delivery in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).



Ijebu Group Seeks Restoration of Electricity in Ogun LG after over 7-year Blackout

The Ijebu Waterside Club (IWC) has called on the federal government to heed the Save Our Soul (SOS) call of Ogun Waterside Local Government Area (OWLGA) over the total collapse of electricity supply that has grounded socio-economic activities in the last seven years.

According to a statement yesterday, they made the call at a meeting with Senator Gbenga Daniel on Monday.

Alhaji Ahmed Tijani, who is the President of IWC, a 41-year group of accomplished businessmen and professionals of Ogun Waterside extraction, intimated Daniel, who represents the Ijebu East Senatorial Constituency that includes OWLGA, that the electricity crisis had impeded socio-economic development of the critical agro-industrial hub in Ogun State.



Man Dies Vandalizing High Tension Cable in Anambra

An unidentified young man has died of electrocution while vandalizing a high tension cable at the premises of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the incident happened around the Faculty of Education building, close to the Department of Economics of the university.

The witness said the deceased had almost cut the high tension cable before Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) restored power, which left him electrocuted.



Number of Metered Customers Rises By 3.10% in Q2 2023, Says NBS

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has said that the total number of metered customers stood at 5.47 million in Q2 2023, indicating a growth of 3.10 per cent from 5.31 million recorded in the preceding quarter.

On a year-on-year basis, this grew by 10.40 per cent from the figure reported in Q2 2022 which was 4.96 million. In addition, estimated customers during the quarter were 6.00 million, higher by 0.72 per cent from 5.96 million in Q1 2023.

On a year-on-year basis, estimated customers increased by 2.58 per cent in Q2 2023 from 5.85 million in Q2 2022.


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