4 Feb 2016

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Nigeria Hits 5,000MW Power Generation Mark



The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed that Nigeria has for the first time in the history of her electricity generation profile, generated about 5,074 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

The TCN, through its System Operator department, announced this new milestone on Wednesday in Abuja.

It stated in a statement from its Deputy General Manager, Public Affairs, Clement Ezeolisah, that it was pleased to announce the attainment of the new record peak generation of 5,074.7MW as well as the highest maximum daily energy of 109,372 megawatts hour (MWH) which it transmitted across to electricity distribution companies in the country.

The new marks were attained on February 2, 2016, the TCN explained, adding that it happened at 9.30p.m.

“The System Operator, TCN, is pleased to announce the attainment of a new record peak generation of 5,074.7MW and also the highest maximum daily energy wheeled nationwide of 109,372MWH on February 2, 2016,” the statement said.

It further stated that: “The new peak generation of 5,074.7MW was attained at 9.30p.m. on February 2, 2016. While the previous peak generation was 4883.9MW achieved on November 23, 2015, the previous highest maximum daily energy wheeled nationwide was 107,142.32MWH recorded on January 26, 2016.”

It also quoted the Managing Director, System Operation/Market Operation of TCN, Mr. Dipak Sarma, to have attributed the twin peak achievements to the enhanced cooperation among all the power sector stakeholders and concerted efforts by system operators at the National Control Centre (NCC) Osogbo and other stations to ensure that all generated power is wheeled to the distribution companies and that there is no stranded power.

Sarma in a telephone conversation with THISDAY on the development, explained that all the 5074.7MW generated electricity is transmitted to the 11 electricity distribution companies.

He said the TCN would not have been able to transmit the entire volume if distribution companies were rejecting load allocation, adding that an additional 68MW volume is also now reserved as spinning reserve to jump-start the system in case of any disruptions.

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