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Electricity production drops during partial shutdown of gas-fired power station Oben – Federal Government

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The federal government said the latest drop in electricity production in the country was the result of a partial shutdown of the Oben gas plant.

The shutdown caused power cuts across the country for days.

The government said the Oben gasworks had been closed to allow repairs to critical gas-processing equipment.

Isa Sanusi to Energy Minister Abubakar Aliyu said so in a statement yesterday.

Earlier, the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) also attributed the instability of power supply to reduced load distribution in its franchise area.

AEDC’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Donald Etim, in a statement in Abuja, said the company was aware that the instability in power supply had persisted.

According to him, AEDC’s current allocation is 228.65 megawatts (MW), which is significantly lower than the average allocation of 650 MW during peak generation.

“AEDC wishes to assure its clients that the benefit received by the company will be fairly distributed while all stakeholders work tirelessly towards a lasting solution.

“We sincerely regret the inconvenience and appeal to your usual understanding,” he said.

Additionally, Eko Electricity Distribution Company notified its customers of the power outage in the early hours of today.

“Dear valued customers, we regret to inform you of the significant drop in load allocation on our network which has led to massive load shedding,” he said.

“Please bear with us as we are currently working with our TCN partners for a quick resolution.”

Mr Sanusi said the incident came at a time when other power plants on other gas sources are undergoing planned maintenance and capacity testing.

“We wish to inform the public that Seplat Energy Plc has mobilized equipment, materials and personnel to the site with a view to accelerating the restoration of normal gas supply to the plants concerned,” he said.

“We were assured that the repair work would be completed this weekend and normalcy would be restored. While advocating with electricity consumers on the current state of supply, we wish to assure the general public that efforts are being made for a sustained improvement in supply across the country.

This is the sixth collapse this year. The government attributed the latest collapse to “vandalism” of a transmission tower on the Odukpani – Ikot Ekpene 330kV dual circuit transmission line, which resulted in a loss of about 400 MW of generation.