It was learnt that the increase in power generation was due to the commencement of operations of the Shell Afam VI Generating Station, which was shut down because of vandalism of pipelines supplying gas to the plant.
The Presidential Task Force on Power, on Friday, said the restoration of operations at the Shell Afam VI plant added 300MW of electricity to the national grid.
The PUNCH had exclusively reported on Thursday that Nigeria’s power generation as at Wednesday was 2919MW. This, however, represented a slight increase when compared to the sharp fall to 2628.6MW recorded last week Saturday.
The Head, Media and Communications, PTFP, Mrs. Awele Okigbo, said, “Afam VI experienced a cutback in power generation on Saturday, August 9, due to the vandalism and bunkering of crude oil pipelines which affects the disposal of liquids from gas operations. As at 5pm on Thursday, Afam’s 300MW has brought total system generation up to 3248.4MW.”
Commenting on this development, the Chairman of PTFP, Mr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, commended the patriotic zeal with which Shell Petroleum Development Company worked round the clock to fix the damage and resume production within a short turnaround time.
He said, “It is high time these vandals and bunkerers realised that they are plunging Nigeria into darkness. Their actions have a deleterious impact on the economy.” The Shell Afam VI facility is a critical component of thermal power generation in the country.
While explaining the current grid generation situation last week, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, attributed the drop to the low gas supply to the generation plants, especially in Eastern Nigeria.
He said three power stations in the region, which were the Afam IV, Afam VI and Rivers Independent Power Plant, were shut down last Friday night, as a result of gas constraints arising from condensate issue on the Trans National Pipeline.