Electricity generation capacity dropped to 5,564MW in first quarter


THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has said that the average generation capacity of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, dipped by 11 percent to 5,564mw in the First Quarter of 2020. The industry recorded a daily generation peak of 5,268mw, in the first quarter of 2020 on February 26, 2020.

According to the NERC quarter report, available average generation capacity fell by 11.58 percent to 5,564mw during the first quarter of 2020. The report attributed the decrease in generation capacity to the increase in the number of generation units undergoing maintenance and overhaul, which made them unavailable for operation in the quarter.

The NERC said on the average, 66 plant generation units were available during the first quarter of the year, compared to 70 generation units available during the fourth quarter of last year. It, however, added that due to an improvement in the capacity utilisation, the electric energy generated increased by 6.33 percent from 8,101,192.72mwh recorded in the fourth quarter to 8,613,997.79mwh in the first quarter of the year.

“71.02 percent of the available capacity was utilised in the first quarter of 2020, indicating 12.17 percentage points increase on the capacity utilisation rate recorded in the fourth quarter of 2019. The improved capacity utilisation was due to the reductions in technical and operational constraints relating to inadequate gas supply, transmission constraints, limited distribution networks, and commercially induced low load off-take by Discos,” it said.

On commercial performance, NERC said the energy received by Discos at their trading points increased by 3.99 percent to 7,195 in first quarter of 2020 from the 6,918gwh recorded in fourth quarter of 2019. This increase, according to the commission, is reflective of the 6.33 percent increase in the total energy generated during the quarter as compared to fourth quarter of 2019.

– Oct. 30, 2020 @ 15:25 GMT |

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