Discos Decline 1,769MW of Electricity Amid Widespread Blackout

Discos Decline 1,769MW of Electricity Amid Widespread Blackout

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In the face of a widespread blackout and deteriorating electricity supply in Nigeria, recent data from power distribution companies (Discos) indicates a concerning trend. Between February 1st and 14th, 2024, these companies failed to distribute approximately 1,769.91 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

Obtained data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) reveals that despite some Discos receiving excess electricity load allocation during this period, many failed to utilize the entirety of the energy allocated to them.

Nigeria’s power situation has worsened since the beginning of the year, prompting Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, to summon certain power firms and TCN officials to explain the deteriorating state of electricity supply in their respective regions.

Adelabu’s investigation revealed instances where power distribution companies were rejecting allocated electricity despite the scarcity of the commodity. Some regions also suffered from damaged power lines due to vandalism.

Analysis of the daily load summary of Discos reveals several instances where they failed to utilize allocated power, resulting in unutilized or rejected energy. Despite receiving excess load allocations on some days, the actual consumption figures remained lower, exacerbating the situation.

The power minister has ordered the CEOs of Abuja and Ibadan Discos, as well as TCN officials, to attend a meeting this week to address the issues surrounding the worsening electricity supply. The ministry aims to find lasting solutions to the challenges faced by these regions.

Adelabu emphasized that non-performing Discos would face queries over their lack of performance, highlighting the need for accountability and improvement in service delivery.

Despite gas shortages, efforts to pressure power generating companies to improve performance have resulted in an increase in generation to over 4,000MW in recent days. The ministry expects this improvement to positively impact power supply nationwide.

As the government takes steps to address these challenges, Adelabu urges patience from the public while solutions are implemented to improve electricity supply across the country.

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