Between Monday and Thursday this week, five power generating turbines and four plants were shut down in Nigeria. The halt in activity is attributed to a collapse in the base infrastructure and supply constraints. The five turbines and a plant were shut down due to gas constraints; one plant stopped functioning as a result of high frequency issues; another suffered line tripping, while the last was out on maintenance. On Thursday, 25 May, the Shiroro, Gbarain NIPP, and Egbin ST 6 plants were not generating electricity. The industry’s operational report for 25 May showed that power generation dropped to 3,582.5 megawatts, a development which industry operators attributed to the various constraints in the sector.
Meanwhile, residents and business of many parts of Lagos experienced electricity outage most of this week. On Monday, 22 May Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), announced a five-day blackout in the city. An EKEDC spokesman said the outage would affect the the districts of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and parts of Lagos Island, effective 24 May, and ending 28 May.
The company says the outage is to enable maintenance crews from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) “to address technical and maintenance issues at Alagbon transmission station.” People in affected parts of Lagos have turned to alternative power sources.