Chineme Okafor in Abuja
The total amount of power available to Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to distribute to homes and offices across Nigeria has dropped to 1,400 megawatts (MW).
The System Operation/ Market Operation Department of the TCN stated this on Tuesday in a statement from its Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Clement Ezeolisah in Abuja.
He stated that electricity generation into the national grid dropped to 1,400MW as at Tuesday, 17th May, 2016 because of operational challenges experienced by gas power generation companies in the country.
He said the downward trend of electricity generation is due to constraints in the thermal power stations which have prevented the generators from producing at optimal levels.
He did not disclose the nature of these challenges but THISDAY understands that it is not far from the lingering dip in gas supply to the plants.
Key pipelines conveying gas to power plants in the south have been vandalised and undergoing repairs which the government said will be completed within the last weeks of May.
However, Ezeolisah said it is noteworthy to report that all stakeholders in the power sector are working assiduously to achieve improvements in the system.
He said TCN regrets the attendant inconvenience the low power generation has caused to homes and businesses in the country.