According to industry data, more than half of the nation’s power plants, including Egbin Thermal Power Station in Lagos, are currently facing gas shortages. The nation’s underutilized electricity generation capacity due to gas constraints rose to 4,284.5 megawatts on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 3,100.5MW on April 5, it was gathered.
The situation was recently exacerbated by the upsurge in the militant attacks on gas and power installations in the Niger Delta. Out of 26 power plants, 15 were operating below their installed capacities as of Friday, with Egbin power plant having the biggest unutilised capacity at 752MW, followed by Shell’s Afam VI’s 540MW in Rivers State. Other affected plants are Olorunsogo I and II, Omotosho I and II, Geregu I and II, Delta, Trans-Amadi, Ihovbor, Alaoji II, Rivers IPP, Gbarain, and Omoku.
The actual generation capacities of Egbin and Afam VI were put at 1,100MW and 650MW, respectively. Olorunsogo I and II, Omotosho I and II, Alaoji, Rivers IPP, Geregu I and Gbarain failed to produce any megawatts from their capacities of 190MW, 480MW, 228MW, 360MW, 240MW, 160MW, 290MW and 112.5MW, respectively, the report indicated. Trans-Amadi’s unutilised capacity was put at 49.2 out of 60MW actual capacity; Delta Gas, 162 (480); Ihovbor, 359.8 (450), and Omoku, 66 (80).