Why Power Supply Will Drop Again – TCN
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, in a statement has disclosed that power supply will drop by 50 megawatts as a result of annual “preventive maintenance” on the line bay at Lekki Transmission Substation in Lagos.
During the maintenance period, about 50MW will be interrupted, affecting power supply to Lekki phase 1, Oniru, Elegushi, Waterfront, Igbo Efon and Twenty-first Century Estate in Lagos state.
The statement read, “TCN regrets all inconvenience this might cause electricity consumers in the affected area”.
The announcement came on the heels of a promise by the Nigerian electricity Regulatory Commission to deliver atleast 5000MW of electricity to Nigerians starting from July 1.
Meanwhile, according to statistics obtained by Economic Confidential from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator, NESO, revealed that the peak generation as of Monday was put at 3, 967MW, while the lowest generation was 3, 539MW.
The NERC had responded to a widespread public clamour following consistent system collapsing of the power grid, over four incidents recorded so far this year.
According to the commission, all hands are on deck to ensure boost in power generation and supply to electricity consumers, adding that all stakeholders, including gas firms had signed binding contracts to the effect.
“Although there have been contracts in the past, they were not binding and the parties could decide not to honour them. But with the new agreement, we would make sure no party defaults once the contracts are signed. Whoever defaults will be held responsible and will be sanctioned”, NERC Chairman, Garba Sanusi had said during a media parley in Lagos.
Sesan Okunade, a metering expert, says “We have generated more than this before that have been sold to neighboring countries. Our problem is transmission and the Disco whose infrastructure is not capable of withholding the supply if more power is transmitted from the Genco. Some of the reasons for system collapse is the excess kilowatt not being collected by Disco due the technical and commercial loss.”
Also, experts have opined that Nigeria needs atleast 30, 000MW to attain power sufficiency.
Regarding this, the National President, Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria, Barr. Chijioke James, had questioned why NERC should still set a target of 5000MW when Nigerian consumers were told years ago that the generation capacity was over 6000MW.
He says, “We are therefore surprised that in 2022 NERC is promising delivery of 5000MW. This does not give consumers confidence that the current situation will change for the better soonest”.