Gencos Threaten to Throw Nation Into Darkness – Independent Observers

Gencos Threaten to Throw Nation Into Darkness

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Electricity generation companies (Gencos) in the country have said indicated that they might be forced to shut down their power plants if the challenges facing them are not addressed.

The Association of Power Generation Companies(APGC), the umbrella body for the Gencos, said on Monday that the recent decline in available generation capability could be traced to the various challenges experienced by the Gencos in the electricity market.

Dr Joy Ogaji, the Executive Secretary, APGC, said in a statement that the challenges included liquidity issues, power rejection by the electricity distribution companies and gas constraints due to the sorry state of the market.

“Few of the thermal power plants were out due to planned maintenance, which is allowed in the sector. The decline was not an act of rebellion by the Gencos neither was it deliberate but was beyond their control.

“This should serve as a wake-up call to the Federal Government to the goings-on in the industry with regards to the Gencos and if the actions are not taken by the necessary agencies, Gencos will be forced to shut down business,” she said.

Available power generation in the country has declined in the past one month. Generation capability dropped from 7,238.12MW in November 2018 to 5,207.57 megawatts in December 2018 while average generation rose slightly to 4,162.47MW from 4,093.76MW

Ogaji explained that available generation capability experienced a drop due to various factors such as gas constraints, ongoing maintenance by some gas suppliers and low load demand by distribution companies, which resulted in reduced generation or outage of some power plants.

“Afam Power Plc (Afam VI Gas/Steam), GT12, 13 and ST10 power plants were shut down for a period of about 16 days due to planned maintenance that was carried out by the gas suppliers on their facilities. Although Afam Power Plc was duly notified about the maintenance, it resulted in a reduction of Afam’s available generation capability from about 490MW to zero,” she said

Ogaji said within the period, most of the plants built under the National Integrated Power Project, including Alaoji, Sapele, Olorunsogo, and Omotosho, suffered from gas constraints.

“Some of the companies’ generation capability dropped to zero due to the outage of their power plants which was as a result of gas constraints,” she stated, adding that gas supply to Alaoji NIPP was cut off by the gas suppliers due to the firm’s inability to pay for gas.

She also revealed that Jebba Power Station’s generation capability reduced by about 110MW to 360MW due to low load demand and the reduction in demand by Discos also affected Egbin and Omoku power plants.

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