Nigerians To Experience 7 Days Of Darkness

Posted: November 5, 2013 in News

Nigerians will experience a week-long electricity rationing that will put the country into darkness for the period. This will be the longest period in recent years that the country would be faced with blackout.
The development is coming few days after theFederal Government declared that its hand-over of the assets and facilities of PHCN including generation and distribution plants to private firms was successful.
The authorities had explained that the problem was
due to the loss of 400 megawatts following repair
works being carried out by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), the major suppliers
of gas to the power plants particularly Afam VI Power
plant. The management of Transmission Company of
Nigeria (TCN) in a statement in Abuja yesterday said
there would be a reduction in generation output by
400mw, from today to Saturday, November 9, 2013.
According to the statement, “this is due to the Shell
Petroleum Development Company’s (SPDC scheduled maintenance work on Okoloma gas plant supplying gas to Afam VI Power Plant, thereby leading to the shutdown of the power plant, resulting in nationwide power rationing.” It explained further that the shutdown of Afam VI power plant became necessary to allow SPDC inspect and carry out routine maintenance work on the Okoloma natural gas station in Afam, Rivers State, to ensure its technical integrity.“Maintenance work on Okoloma gas plant, SPDC revealed was important to guarantee continuous and uninterrupted supply of gas to Afam VI for power generation into the national grid.”


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