PHCN blames recent blackout on pipeline vandalisation

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By LOUIS IBA

Nigeria’s power supply situation dipped further on Monday as parts of the country were thrown into darkness following drastic cuts in natural gas supply required to fire major thermal plants.

Daily Sun learnt that available generated electricity stood at a little over 2,290megawatts as PHCH reported it lost over 1,598 megawatts of power due to the vandalisation of the pipelines which supply gas to the thermal power plants.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in a statement said the vandalisation and the obstruction to effective gas supply to the power plants had forced PHCN to resort to “massive load shedding” a trend it said was responsible for the blackout presently being experienced nationwide.

“The massive loadshedding is caused by  vandalism of two major gas pipelines supplying gas to eight power generation stations in the country, namely Egbin/AES Thermal Stations, Olorunsogo, Omotoso, Geregu NIPP, Afam IV and VI Thermal Power Stations as well as River State Independent Power Station, resulting in drastic reduction of power supply by 1,598 megawatts,” said Dave Ifabiyi, spokesperson for TCN.

“One of the vandalised gas pipelines takes supply from the Okoloma gas plant while the other takes from Escravos. With the disruption of gas supply through the lines, the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) is unable to move gas to Afam IV, Afam VI as well as the Independent Power Plant in  Rivers State, resulting in generation loss of 593MW.

“Also, the second vandalised gas pipeline from Escravos to Warri , caused a cutback of 1,005MW  in power generation from  Egbin / AES power generating station, Olorunsogo, Omotosho and Geregu NIPP power generating plants,” it added.

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  1. It might help to store backup reservoir on site at the power stations, or maintain fail-over channels. Even if vandalism never occurred, accidental breakage of pipelines due to natural disaster does occur. Most experienced designers of reliable systems do not allow their infrastructure to be grounded by obvious bottle necks. For Nigeria to allow its most critical infrastructure to be grounded by predictable occurrences is appalling.

  2. PHCN probably thought that announcing that vandalism caused this problem would generate sympathy. I am, however, disgusted by their ineptitude. If, as everyone knows vandalism is a problems in Nigeria, why had they not built fuel supply redundancy, or emergency fuel sources into the systems. I bet you that enough money was allocated to build more reliable systems but corruption left barely enough to build basic contraptions. What a joke!

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