Five power plants have been shut due to gas shortage and technical hitches. The plants are in Sapele, Geregu, Omoku, Alaoji and Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt. The closure of the plants had made power generation to drop by at least 400 Megawatts.
The daily operational report of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria showed that the three units of the Sapele power plant were out due to condensate problem, while one unit is still in the pre-commissioning stage. For the Geregu power plant, all the three units were shut due to some technical problems. The shut-down of Omoku, it was learnt, was caused by collapsed towers on the Omoku/Port Harcourt 132kV line. The units in the River State Independent Power Plant at Trans Amadi, it was gathered, were shut down due to faults.
There had been fears that some of the National Integrated Power Projects recently completed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited might not have gas to generate electricity. This is in spite of promises by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation would increase gas supply to the power plants in the country between August and September under the gas emergency plan this year.