Minister blames worsening power cuts on gas constraints
The minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman has said the reason for the recent increase in power cuts across the country is due to gas constraints, maintenance of Jebba Power Plant and water shortage management in Shiroro plant.
According to a statement by the minister via his Twitter account, he disclosed that the problem is caused by the breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid.
He said the plants undergoing mainatenance are Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor and the Jebba Power Plant which was shut down for annual maintenance.
“Seven other integrated power plants, namely Geregu, Sepele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras and Alaoji are experiencing gas constraints while the Shiroro plant has water management problems”.
The minister said the unfortunate development has drastically affected power generation, thus effectively minimising the national grid.
He added: “In view of this, the Minister of Power Engr Sale Mamman regrets this unfortunate situation and offers his sincere apology to all affected Nigerians on the inconveniences the Power shortages are causing.
Mamman assured that the ministry through the appropriate Agencies is working assiduously to rectify the technical problems affecting the plants as well as resolving the gas issues to the others.
“Engr Sale Mamman further assures that the national grid will be restored to its previous historic distribution peak of about 5,600MW of electricity achieved early this year, so as to relief Nigerians from the current harsh climatic conditions and restore full economic activities”.