The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) yesterday announced that it wheeled out 72,261.7 megawatts of electricity in the first four weeks of August.
The daily statistics of TCN operations obtained by our correspondent in Abuja shows a section that indicated that 34,853.3 megawatts were generated between August 1 and August 12. This was against the 37,408.4 megawatts generated between August 13 and August 23.
The report showed that daily power generated from August 1 to August 12 were 2,617.9mw, 3,226.2mw, 3,411.3mw, 2,745.8mw, 2,951mw, 3,393.8mw, 3,292.8mw,3,301.7mw, 3,360.5mw, 3,425.6mw and 3,126.8mw, respectively.
Daily power generated from Aug.13 to Aug. 23 were 3,316.1mw, 2,804.5mw, 3,435.5mw, 3,443mw, 3,443mw, 4,068.6mw, 3,450.8mw, 3,737.6mw, 3,136.9mw, 3,912.8mw and 3,361.9mw, respectively.
The TCN said that national peak demand forecast stood at 19,100.00mw, while 11,165.40mw was the installed available capacity, 7,139.60mw was the available capacity, 7,000 mw was the current transmission capacity and network operational capacity was 5,500.00mw.
The peak generation ever attained in Nigeria was 5,074.7mw, while the maximum energy ever attained stood at 109,372.01mwh.
Meanwhile, a former Group Executive Director (Gas and Power) in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. David Ige, has said that there was the need for prompt settlement of debts for the sector to operate optimally across the entire value chain.
Ige, who is currently the Chief Executive Officer, GasInvest Ltd., said that currently about N1 trillion was being owed across the entire value chain from gas production to distribution. Ige said that the problem of liquidity was also affecting natural gas production and supply.
“It may interest you to know that in the country today, our installed capacity for gas production is about two billion Standard Cubic Feet (SCF) per day. If all this capacity is flowing, all these problems associated with power generation would have reduced significantly.
“From January 2016 till date, we have had an average production of 1.4bscuf of gas per day and in fact on a steady scale, it is 1.2bscuf per day. That means about 800 million scuf per day of installed capacity is not getting to the market, talk less of other challenges in the sector.
“We need to address these fundamental issues of not utilising the installed capacity to produce gas. About 300 billion scuf that is stranded is due to power sector not taking the gas,” he said.