By SUNDAY ABBA, Abuja
The current degeneration in power supply across Nigeria has been attributed to insufficient gas supply arising from partial shutdown of Oben gas plant to effect the repair of critical gas processing equipment which has caused generation to plunge.
The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), in a statement issued at the Weekend by the Ministry of Power noted with regret that the development was unfortunately unfolding at a time when other power plants on other gas sources were undergoing planned maintenance and capacity testing.
“We wish to notify the general public that the current dip in electricity generation is as a result of the partial shutdown of the Oben gas plant to address the repair of critical gas processing equipment. The incident unfortunately occurred at a time when other power plants on other gas sources are undergoing planned maintenance and capacity testing.
“We wish to notify the public that Seplat Energy Plc has mobilised equipment, materials and personnel to site with a view to expediting the restoration of normal gas supply to the affected power plants.
“We have been assured that the repair work would be concluded this weekend and normalcy will be restored,” the statement read in part.
Pleading with electricity consumers over the current state of supply, the federal government assure the general public that efforts were being made for a sustained improvement of supply across the country.
In the same vein, the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has lamented its inability to deliver normal service to customers within its franchise area due to drastic reduction in load allocation.
The company in a statement it issued also at the weekend noted that it is currently allocated 228.65MW which is significantly lower than the average allocation of 650MW during optimal generation period.
The AEDC, while appealing for the understanding of its customers spread across Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa States, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja which constitute its franchise area, said, “We wish to assure our customers that the allocation we receive will be equitably distributed while all stakeholders relentlessly work towards a lasting solution.”