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Metro Nationwide Blackout Looms As Power Generation Drops Further


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Nigeria is set to experience a prolonged epileptic power supply as generation from the Egbin station crashed to a record low of 172 megawatts on Tuesday, down from 1,085MW on March 15.

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According to industry data, eight of the nation’s 26 power plants were idle on Tuesday.

Generation from Egbin, which is located in Lagos, with an installed capacity of 1,320MW, was said to have been limited to 172MW largely due to gas supply shortages.

Its units ST3, 4 and 5 were out due to gas constraints; ST1 was said to have tripped on generator CB trouble, and ST2 was not on spinning reserve due to a management decision.

The nation recorded a total system collapse on Thursday, November 24, the second time this month and the 20th time this year, the data showed.

The total national power generation fell to 3,224MW on Tuesday, down from 3,574.2MW on Monday.