There are hopes of improved electricity supply in the country as a result of a rise in power generation.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Power generation in the country has risen above 4,000 megawatts (mw) after hovering between 3,368.44 megawatts and 4,000 megawatts since June 15.
Quoting a source in the ministry of power, who it said pleaded anonymity, NAN reported that the source said that after weeks of nationwide blackout, the nation’s power generation picked up a little, rising from 3,368.44 megawatts to 4,000 megawatts in the last few days, attributing the rise in power generation to less cases of pipeline vandalism in May and June.
“This is because the communities where the pipeline passes are more vigilant towards adequate surveillance of the pipeline networks,’’ the source said.
He explained that the industry had a near smooth supply of gas to the power plants and recorded a marginal rise in the generation of electricity due to less interruption of power installations.
“The slight improvement has been attributed to improvement in gas supply,’’ the source said.
He said that poor power generation in the last six months had been attributed to frequent vandalism of oil pipelines and destruction of vital infrastructure supplying gas to electricity generation plants.
The source said that in March, the country lost about 800 mw of electricity as a result of the blasting of the Escravos – Lagos Gas Pipeline (ELGP) on March 11, 2015, noting that the damage was done by vandals who ruptured the ELGP with an explosive device at Egwa, near Batan, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.
The ministry source said that the attack was the fourth in the year, adding that it came hours after the repairs of a pipeline earlier attacked was completed.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Muda Yusuf, said the improvement in power generation would have positive impact on businesses in the country.