11th May, 2012
Power generation from the Kanji Dam has dropped by 38 mega watts, Mr. Reuben Akinwumi, its Chief Executive Officer, has said.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that the drop was caused by the unending low-level of water in the dam intake scheme.
Akinwumi said that power generation from the dam hovered between 225 and 238 mega watts in March, but had dropped to 200 mega watts from four turbine units.
Akinwumi said that although the station had completed repairs of the fifth unit, which was meant to boost output, the ongoing low-level of water at the dam was hindering effective generation from the station.
“ We are currently generating about 200 mega watts, but we hope that by the time the water level increases, we are going to hit 350 megawatts,” he said.
He said that the turnaround maintenance of the dams was long overdue, adding that the Federal Government had promised to rehabilitate all the dams in the country.
Akinwumi said that the plant had not been overhauled since it was constructed 44 years ago.
NAN gathered from a source at the National Control Centre in Osogbo that that the country’s power generation was now around 3,236.9 mega watts.