The current strike by both senior and junior staff unions of the NNPC, (NUPENG and PENGASSIN) has led to further reduction of the amount of gas available to most of our power
Charity Simon, Abuja
Nigeria may in the next few weeks witness the worst power supply ever following continued drop in power production.
This is just as the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, weekend offered a rare explanation for its consistent inability to meet electricity demand in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
In a text message sent to consumers in the FCT weekend, AEDC while apologising for the drop in electricity supply, attributed the problem to “drop in energy allocated to the company from 450MW to below 200MW”
The situation was further confirmed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ambassador GodKnows Igali who blamed the poor power supply on the current strike by both senior and junior staff unions of the NNPC, (NUPENG and PENGASSIN)
He declared that this has led to further reduction of the amount of gas available to most of our power plants especially in the western axis.
According to him, “ Prior to the current constraints we have been encountering we have generated between 4,800 megawatts at the beginning of the year with a potential to get up to 6,000 megawatts based on the available gas and hydros.”
He declared that apart from the challenges of pipeline vandalization which has continued to have very negative impact on the power supply situation in the country, the on-going strike by labour unions in the oil and gas sector has added additional toll. “The current strike by both senior and junior staff unions of the NNPC, (NUPENG and PENGASSIN) has led to further reduction of the amount of gas available to most of our power plants especially in the western axis.”
“As at 12.00 noon Friday, 22nd May, 2015, UTOROGU, CHEVRON ORE DO, OB EN gas plants are all shut down while UGHELI and CNL ESCRAVOS are all isolated already.”
“On the eastern axis Shell Gas, ALAKIRI has also been shut down. This has led to the several power plants being stranded and shut down. This includes EGBIN, OLORUNSHOGO I & 11, OMOTOSHO 1& 11, GEREGU I & 11, IHONVOR and SAPELE (NIPP) on the western axis and ALAOJI on the eastern end.”
The overall effect of these, according to him, “is that power supply which had started picking up steadily since the beginning of the week, following repairs of various vandalized portions of the ELP Line and the Trans-Forcados Gas Pipelines has fallen to all-time-unprecedented low of 1,327m was at 1.00 p.m. on Friday, 22nd May, 2015.”
He expressed the fear that “ This situation could get worse if the strike action continues.”
“The Federal Ministry of Power hopes, that the on-going discussion between the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Nigerian Petroleum Corporation and, the Labour Unions, will end amicably and soonest to spare the country from such a major disruption of essential service. Indeed it is hoped the Labour Unions would help restore supply of gas to the power plants even while negotiation are on-going.”
Abuja residents have been groaning under the negative effect of power supply which has crippled activities in most areas within the FCT.
At the Federal Secretariat where most of government activities are conducted, workers and visitors alike are often forced to climb the entire stir case of eleven floors as the lifts have been shut down because there is no electricity to power them.