According to the latest data from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing power generation in the country jumped to 2,390.20 megawatts on Monday because the number of idle power plants rose from 7 to 15.
Total electricity generation has been flying below 4,000MW in recent months and stood at 3,741.30MW as of 6am on Sunday.
The nation generates most of its electricity from gas power plants, while output from hydropower plants makes up about 30 percent.
The biggest power station in the country Egbin, saw its output drop to 176MW on Monday from 306MW on Saturday.
The 15 idle plants are
- Afam IV & V,
- Geregu NIPP,
- Omotosho NIPP,
- Odukpani NIPP,
- Ihovbor NIPP,
- Gbarain NIPP,
- Afam VI,
- and Rivers IPP.
Dr Joy Ogaji, the Executive Secretary Association of Power Generation Companies in an emailed reply, qualified the problem to transmission and circulation.
She said, “Specifically, generation companies are pinned down by some operational impediments”.
The frequency to either increase load or decrease load in some cases, has brought damaging stresses to the components of the machines.