A total of 2,079MW generated were left stranded as nine out of Nigeria’s twenty seven power plants were on shut down mode on Thursday.
The data obtained from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator, NESO showed that Alaoji, Olorunsogo II, Omotosho II, Ihovbor, and Gbarain built under the National Integrated Power Project were among the shutdown plants.
Afam IV & V, Ibom Power, AES, and ASCO make up the number of plants that were shut down as of 6 am on Thursday.
Gas constraint, low load demand by the Distribution Companies, DISCOS, maintenance, frequency response, and rupturing of gas pipelines, among others were fingered as some of the reasons for the shutdown.
The breakdown states that two units (GT11 and GT12) at Afam IV & V were said to have been scrapped; GT13, 14 and 16 out on blade failure; GT19 and 20 awaiting overhaul; GT17 out due to low load demand by the distribution companies, and GT 18 out due to gas constraint.
Alaoji’s GT1 and 3 were out due to low load demand by the Discos; GT2 out due to high air inlet differential pressure, and GT4 awaiting spare part.
Olorunsogo’s GT1 was out on inspection; GT2 and 3 out due to gas constraint, and GT4 out due to low load demand by the Discos.
Gas constraint and low load demand by the Discos left three units at Omotosho and two units at Ihovbor idle, while a unit at Gbarain was shut down due to the rupturing of the gas pipeline.
Ibom Power’s GT1 was out on inlet guide vane problem; GT2 out due to a fire outbreak on the control panel, and GT3 out due to low load demand by the Discos.