Some power distribution companies (DISCOS) in Nigeria on Tuesday rationed electricity supply as power generation on the grip fell by 571.5 megawatts when compared to the previous day.
The distribution companies got less than the quantum of electricity normally allocated to them following the drop in generation consequently leading to a reduction in electricity supplied to consumers even as of the DISCOS informed their customers that there would be supply interruptions.
Report says the electricity load decrease led to supply disruptions in more than 10 areas in the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday.
In a notice to its customers, issued on Tuesday, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said, “We have noticed a drop in the load allocated to us in the national grid thus leading to interruption of power supply to our customers.”
“While we urge our customers to remain calm and manage the supply available to them, it is important to be safety conscious at home and while driving on the roads in order to avoid damage to any electrical apparatus.” The company added.
Industry figures seen on the 24-hour Grid Performance Dashboard show that the peak power generation on Monday, December 27, 2021 was 4,761.70MW, however, the figure reduced to 4,190.2MW as at 6am on the same day.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria manages the allocation of electricity load to power distributors and this depends on the quantum of electricity produced on the grid.
Power generation on the grid has been around 4,000MW to 5,000MW despite that the available capacity of generation companies had overtime increased above 7,000MW.
According to a report by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) “There are currently 28 grid connected power stations consisting of 11 privatised legacy power plants, eight Nigerian National Integrated Power Project plants and nine Independent Power Plants in the country generating 7,771MW of electricity with a total of 142 turbine units.