7th June, 2011
Power generation at the Egbin Thermal Station has dropped from 1,100 to 500 megawatts, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Mr. Mike Uzoigwe, Chief Executive Officer of the station, told NAN in Lagos on Monday that the drop was due to insufficient gas to power the turbines.
â€œWe have not received gas supply from the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) and the water level is low.
â€œThe station is at this time unusually witnessing low water level, which has made it impossible to generate the required level of power.
â€œEgbin power generation has dropped by about 70 per cent,â€ he said.
NAN recalls that Uzoigwe, had on May 27, assured that power generation from the station would reach its full capacity of 1,320 before the end of fourth quarter of the year.
He said this would be possible when Unit Six, which is currently down, was repaired.
The station, which is the biggest electricity generating plant in Nigeria, has a total of six units, each of which has capacity of 220 megawatts.
Five out of the six units are currently working.