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Electricity Generation Drops To 3,456MW

This is not certainly good news coming from the power sector as report has it that electricity generation in the country has now dropped to 3,456 megawatts on Tuesday, losing 1,108MW in seven days.

Total power generation dropped from 4,564.60MW as of 6.00am on February 19 to 3,456.20MW on February 24, a day after the presidential and National Assembly elections.

According to reports, the reason for the drop is because seven of the nation’s 27 power plants were not generating any megawatts as of 6.00 am on Monday. The idle plants were Olorunsogo NIPP, Gbarain NIPP, Afam IV, and four independent power plants, namely AES, ASCO, Rivers and Trans-Amadi.

Generation from Egbin, the nation’s biggest power station, fell to 491MW as of 6.00 am on Monday from 581MW on February 8. The plant, which produced as high as 1,085MW on March 15, 2016, has been generating far less than its installed capacity of 1,320MW in more than two years.

Electricity generation companies recently complained that their plants were being forced to operate below their optimal capacity levels.

The power grid has suffered four collapses so far this year, according to data from the system operator.

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