Power Supply To Drop Again, TCN Alerts Nigerians

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, in a declaration on Monday, said the drop would be as an outcome of planned annual “preventive maintenance” on the line bay at Lekki Transmission Substation in Lagos.

During the maintenance period, about 50MW will be halted, affecting the power supply to Lekki phase 1, Oniru, Elegushi, Waterfront, Igbo Efon, and Twenty-first Century Estate in Lagos state.

“TCN regrets all difficulty this might cause electricity consumers in the affected area,” the message said.

The statement came on the heels of a promise by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to provide at least 5000MW of electricity to Nigerians starting from July 1.

Checks showed that peak generation as of 3:24 PM on Monday was put at 3, 967MW, while the lowest generation was 3, 539MW, according to statistics from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator, NESO.

The NERC had reacted to a widespread public clamor following consistent system decline of the power grid, with over four occurrences recorded so far this year.

According to the commission, all hands are on deck to secure a boost in power generation and supply to electricity consumers, adding that all stakeholders, comprising gas firms, had signed compelling contracts to the effect.

“Although there have been contacts in the past, they were not binding and the parties could decide not to respect them. But with the new approval, 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 announced during a media parley in Lagos.

However, a metering expert, Sesan Okunade, had said that power generation was not what Nigeria should be struggling to solve at the moment.

“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 competent of withholding the supply if more power is transmitted from the Genco. Some of the reasons for system downfall is the surplus kilowatt not being collected by Disco due the technical and commercial loss.”

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