Nationwide power outage caused by power plant breakdown – Minister

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The minister of power, Mr. Saleh Mamman has apologised to Nigerians for nationwide electricity shortage saying it is the caused by a breakdown of integrated power plants.

Spokesman for the minister, Mr. Aaron Arrtmas said in a statement that the minister was saddened by the “unfortunate development” which he (minister) attributed to inadequate gas supply to some thermal plants, annual maintenance and water management at the hydro plants.

He assured that appropriate agencies were “working assiduously to rectify the technical problems affecting the plants as well as resolving the gas issues to the others.”

The statement reads: ‘The ministry of power is not unaware of the current power outages/shortages bedevilling many parts of the country.

“The problem is caused by the breakdown of some National Integrated Power Plants supplying electricity to the national grid. The plants are namely, Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor. The Jebba Power Plant was shut down for annual maintenance.

“Seven other integrated Power plants, namely Geregu, Sepele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras and Alaoji are experiencing gas constraints while the Shiroro plant has water management problems.

“This unfortunate development has drastically affected power generation, thus effectively minimizing the national grid.

“In view of this, the minister of power Engr Sale Mamman regrets this unfortunate situation and offers his sincere apology to all affected Nigerians on the inconveniences the power shortages are causing.

“He assures that the ministry through the appropriate agencies is working assiduously to rectify the technical problems affecting the plants as well as resolving the gas issues to the others.

“Engr Sale Mamman further assures that the national grid will be restored to its previous historic distribution peak of about 5,600MW of electricity achieved early this year, so as to relief Nigerians from the current harsh climatic conditions and restore full economic activities.”

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