For millions of Nigerians who had no electricity on
Christmas Day, a possible official reason has been provided.
The Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, disclosed that about 12 power stations could not produce electricity during off-peak period during the holidays including on Christmas Day.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, statistics from the National Control Centre, Osogbo, showed that Afam IV-V, Geregu Gas, Alaoji National Integrated Power Project (NIPP), and Olorunsogo Gas plants could not produce a single megawatt (MW) on December 25, 2016.
Others that could not produce a single megawatt (MW) on December 25, 2016 include Odukpani NIPP, Okpai, Ibom Power, ASCO, AES, Omoku, Rivers NIPP and Gbarain power plants.
The twelve plants have a combined capacity of 2,035 MW of Nigeria’s total installed power output of 11,165MW.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has also said that it on Wednesday wheeled out about 3,959 megawatts of generated electricity to the 11 distribution companies as the country’s power supply gradually stabilised.
The power generation data was obtained from daily forecast on the Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO) website.