Power: N1.5bn daily lost to gas, water, transmission problems–Report

Stories by Benjamin Umuteme


A new report from the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) has revealed that the country’s electricity sector lost N1.5 billion daily to gas, water, and transmission lines.
NESI in the report also disclosed that the sector generated 99,000 mega watt/hour (MWh/day) a day on the same day, but lost about 59,424MWh per day to the constraints, which have lingered for several years.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), Engr. Peter Ewesor, said that the agency has commenced a nationwide technical monitoring and evaluation of the primary 33KV feeder lines and associated 33/11KV injection substations with supply source from 330/132/33KV transmission substations.
Engr. Ewesor explained that the exercise will identify constraints militating against quick realization of sustainability, incremental, steady and uninterrupted power supply.
He noted that this is to identify the high risk and technical loss points along the 33KV feeder lines.
“Again this is to enable NEMSA find out the causes/reasons for load rejection by the Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) and to make recommendations for dealing with identified issues/challenges.
“The importance of the exercise cannot be overemphasised in light of the spate of the increasing number of electrical accidents and incidents, power failures/outages at the downstream-of the power value chain (power distribution networks) even when there is a huge increase in power generation in the grid system”, he said.
The NESI helmsman said the exercise which commenced October 18, 2017, has so far covered Abuja, Ikeja, Kano, Benin, Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Enugu Discos’ networks and is still ongoing.

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