According to Egbin Power Plc, Nigeria’s largest generator, power output in the country plunged to a fifth of this year’s peak after attacks on natural gas pipelines cut supplies of the fuel to electricity producers, Bloomberg reports.
Total generation fell to 1,000 megawatts on Monday from almost 2,000 MW at the end of last week and is expected to decline further, Egbin’s Chief Executive Officer Dallas Peavey Jr said by phone from Lagos.
Egbin is generating less than 10% of its 1,320 megawatt capacity due to ruptured supply lines, Peavey said. “For all the plants, there’s no gas,” Peavey said. “We’re sitting idle here.”
After peaking at 5,074 megawatts in February, power generation in Nigeria is being crippled by a resurgence of attacks on oil and gas pipelines in the hydrocarbon-rich Niger River delta, the source of fuel for about 80% of the country’s power plants.
As such, plans to boost Egbin’s capacity by between 1,575 megawatts and 1,900 megawatts are now temporarily on hold, Peavey said. Instead, the company will build a liquefied natural gas terminal as it seeks to solve its supply woes, Peavey added.
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