A major part of Nigeria is currently hits by blackout as 13 Power generation plants are breakdown.
Aaron Artimas, Special Adviser, Media and communications to the Minister of Power, Mamma Sale, said 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.
He said: “The Ministry of Power is not unaware of the current power outages/shortages bedeviling many parts of the country. This unfortunate development has drastically affected Power generation, thus effectively minimizing the national grid.
“In view of this, the Hon 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.
Mamman further assured that the national grid will be restored to its previous historic distribution peak of about 5,600MW of electricity achieved early this year.