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Nigeria’s Power Supply Drops 70%

Owner supplied to Nigerian homes dropped from 9.6 to 9.2 hours daily, according to a report released by Solarity.



The report observed that over N5 trillion has been invested into providing electricity for Nigerians in the last 20 years but darkness still continues to increase.

“What is more worrying in the power conundrum is that the more money is expended in the sector, the darker the country becomes as regards to the power supply.

“For instance, Nigeria has expended an estimated sum of N5tn ($31.45bn) in the last 20 years to generate power. However, only a maximum of about 5,074 megawatts of electricity could be generated within this period, which is still grossly inadequate and derisory,” the report said.

According to the research, the peak sustained period of power supply enjoyed by Nigerians in Q2 2019 was 9.4 hours in June. While in Q1, it was 10.2 hours in January 2019.

Vanpeux attributed the drop in supply in Q2 to the increasing incidence of grid failures.

The report noted that Nigeria needs at list 30,000mw to keep its populace away from darkness.

It said, “This detrimental and undesirable event highlights a major challenge in the power sector which needs urgent attention due to its devastating effects on the country’s economy.

“It must also be stated that for a country of approximately 200 million Nigerians, a minimum of 30,000 megawatts of electricity needs to be generated. It is against this backdrop that Vanpeux conducted its quarterly power poll to assess electricity distribution to Nigerian households in the second quarter of 2019.”

Punch reports the research as saying that 37 percent of the respondents who were polled by the survey in Q1 said they have had an improved supply of power. This percentage dropped to 31 in Q2.

However, there was an increase in the number of people reporting improved power supply from 28 percent in April 2019 to 36 percent in June 2019. Between January and June 2019, the national grid has collapsed eight times.

It failed five times in January alone.

The PUNCH has learned that the power supply would decrease by 50 megawatts on Wednesday.

In a statement released on Monday, The Transmission Company of Nigeria explained that the decrease will be brought on by yearly “preventive maintenance” on the line bay at the Lekki Transmission Substation in Lagos.

The electricity supply to Lekki phase 1, Oniru, Elegushi, Waterfront, Igbo Efon, and Twenty-first Century Estate in Lagos state will be disrupted by around 50MW during the maintenance period.

The statement read, “TCN regrets any trouble this may give electricity consumers in the impacted area.”

The declaration followed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s pledge to start providing Nigerians with at least 5000MW of electricity on July 1.

According to data from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator, NESO, checks by The PUNCH revealed that the peak generation as of 3:24 PM on Monday was 3, 967MW, while the lowest generation was 3, 539MW.

The NERC had to act in response to a large-scale public outcry after the electrical grid consistently collapsed, with more than four incidents so far this year. Learn more about Power supply deficit in Nigeria

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