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Discos link poor power supply to gas shortage

The nationwide power supply shortage in Nigeria is due to a lack of gas, The PUNCH has learnt.

Our correspondent gathered that the various gas-fired grids in the country were not getting enough gas supply, leading to low allocation to electricity distribution companies.

Confirming this, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company told its customers that it was not getting enough allocation from generation due to gas shortages and other related issues.

“Kindly be informed that the present reduction in power supply across our network is due to gas shortages and other related issues arising from the generating companies.

“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused even as we work with our partners for a speedy resolution,” the EKEDC said this in a post on its social media handles Tuesday.

Similarly, the Federal Ministry of Power reposted the EKEDC update on its X handle, lending credence to the fact that the grids are not getting the required gas supply to generate enough power.

Earlier, a source had informed The PUNCH that the national grid had dropped drastically since December, saying the generation companies were not ready to take responsibility.

But the other distribution companies at the receiving end of the situation are being affected by the development.

Replying to outcries from its customers, the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company recently said DisCos were not getting enough allocation to serve them.

IBEDC’s spokesperson, Busola Tunwase, said the erratic power supply was a result of load shedding and reduced allocation.

“If we get the supply, we have to give it out. If we don’t get it, we cannot give it. Electricity is to our benefit. If we give you a 24-hour supply, you will pay us our money. It is an allocation issue. DisCos are not getting enough allocation” she enunciated.

The PUNCH reports that Nigerians have taken to different media platforms to complain over the sharp drop in power supply since the Yuletide season.

In reacting to the many complaints of its customers about lower supply in Abuja and environ, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc said, “We sincerely apologise for whatever issues the outage may have caused. Rest assured that we are giving this issue our full attention.”

Amid complaints of constant power outages, the Transmission Company of Nigeria said, “TCN does not generate power! TCN does not distribute power to electricity consumers! TCN transports bulk power from generating stations to distribution load centres nationwide!”

 Nigeria’s electricity generation has been hovering around 4,000MW; but this has been dropping due to insufficient gas supply.

The PUNCH had reported how 20 gas power plants under-performed, leading to power generation dropping below 2,000MW in 2022.

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