ELECTRICITY: OAU TO EXIT NATIONAL GRID OCTOBER

The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Professor Eyiyope Ogunbodede on Monday disclosed that the institution has commenced power generating project that would make it exit national grid by October 2019. Eyitope who made this disclosure while declaring open African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation International Biennial Conference at OAU explained that the project started in 2017 and the completion period is two years. According to him, “the university is working with a Rural Electrification Agency that would provide a gas-powered turbine and will generate 8.0…

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DONT PAY AFTER TWO WEEKS OF OUTAGE, NERC BOSS TELLS ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS

by John Ofikhenua, Abuja The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Friday said that the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulation has stopped the electricity Distribution Companies from collecting energy and service charges after two weeks of power outage. Its chairman, Prof. James Momoh, broke the news at the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) launch of the MAP in Abuja. The MAP regulation, according to the General Manager, Finance and Management Services, Mr. Abudukadir Shetima, who represented him, has insisted the meters must be installed not later than 10 days after…

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FIRE BREAKS OUT AT ABUJA POWER TRANSMISSION STATION

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja  There was fire outbreak on Sunday at a power transmission substation in Apo, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory. It was learnt that the fire started at about 1.30pm from a transformer in the substation and persisted for some hours. The Transmission Company of Nigeria confirmed the incident and stated that one of the 45MVA 132/33kV power transformers in the substation was involved. It said the burnt transformer was part of those that feed the 33kV feeders of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company. The fire was put off…

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GAS SUPPLY REDUCES POWER GENERATION AS 4 POWER PLANTS LOSE 2,000MW

Egbin, Omotosho, Olorunsogo, Paras lose 1,988mw Chineme Okafor in Abuja Four power generation companies (Gencos) have been unable to generate electricity to the national grid for several days, due to gas supply challenges, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) disclosed yesterday. The TCN said in a statement from its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, that the national grid was experiencing reduced power generation due mainly to emergency maintenance by the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) of its gas pipeline supplying gas to Egbin, Omotosho, Olorunsogo and Paras Power Stations. The…

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NIGERIANS NOW ENJOYING BETTER POWER SUPPLY – FASHOLA

Minister of Power, Housing and Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has described the situation of power supply in the country as an improvement to what the present administration met on ground. Fashola expressed this view while speaking on Sunrise Daily on Channels TV on Wednesday. Fashola asserted that in some parts of the country like Kebbi and Yobe, the power supply is constant. Fashola, however, revealed that the power distribution companies in those areas reported their consumers as saying that they do not need 24/7 power supply due to the high…

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POWER GENERATION DROPPED BY NEARLY HALF IN TWO DAYS, SEE THE FIGURES

The national power grid lost 1,770 megawatts in two days as generation fell below the 3,000MW mark on Friday, the latest data obtained by our correspondent on Saturday revealed. The total available electricity generation fell to 2,938.5MW as of 6am on Friday from 4,708.3MW on Wednesday. Data from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, an arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, revealed that generation peaked at 4,806.8MW on Thursday. The system operator put Nigeria’s installed generation capacity at 12,910.40MW; available capacity at 7,652.60MW; transmission wheeling capacity at 8,100MW; and the…

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NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY RECORDS TOTAL COLLAPSE OF SYSTEM – TCN

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria’s electricity grid has recorded a total system collapse, the Transmission Company of Nigeria announced on Friday. However, it swiftly stated that restoration of the grid was at an advanced stage and explained that the total collapse was due to tripping of three generator units at Egbin power generation station. The daily report on Nigeria’s power sector that was made available to our correspondent by the transmission company on Friday in Abuja stated that the grid collapsed totally on Thursday, September 28, 2017, after the country generated…

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BLACKOUT IN OSHOGBO CAUSED BY SAFETY REASONS, ELECTRICITY COMPANY INSISTS

Osogbo blackout for safety reason, power company claims From Hameed Oyegbade, Osogbo The management of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has said that the power outage in some parts of Osogbo, capital of Osun State was for safety reasons and appeal to residents to be patient and assured them that the issues would be resolved soon. The Regional Communication Officer of the company, Kikelomo Owoeye told Daily Trust that the power outage was due to critical safety issues on the power lines which led to wire snaps and that…

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MMINISTER OF POWER, FASHOLA ACCUSES EGBIN CEO OF CAUSING FEAR IN POWER SECTOR

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has lashed out at Nigeria’s largest power plant, Egbin Power Station, accusing the Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Dallas Monroe Peavey Jr of telling lies and causing fear in the power sector. Fashola accused Peavey of misrepresenting the available capacity of Egbin and the amount owed to the station by the electricity market. The Minister who spoke at the opening of the 19th monthly meeting of the Power Sector Operators hosted by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) at the Akangba 330/132/33KV Transmission…

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BENIN, TOGO ISSUED BILLS OF SETTLEMENT OVER UNPAID ELECTRICITY BILLS FROM NIGERIA

By Chineme Okafor in Abuja Following a meeting with the Communauté Électrique du Bénin (CEB), an international electricity firm co-owned by the governments of Bénin and Togo, Nigeria has requested the CEB to pay up its outstanding debt for electricity supplied to it. The federal government has also stated that it needed CEB to settle its outstanding bills to enable it maintain its supplies obligation to both countries. This development was contained in a document detailing the proceedings of the last meeting of operators in the power sector, which was obtained…

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