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Power Generation Drops to Zero Six Times in One Month

Industry data on Friday showed that the nation’s power generation plunged to zero megawatt six times last month, the highest level since 2009. Electricity supply to households and businesses across the country dropped significantly in May as the national grid recorded six total collapses and one partial collapse within the period, The Punch reports.

The national grid completely collapsed 11 times in the first five months of the year, as compared to six and nine times for the whole of 2015 and 2014, respectively. The latest total system collapse was recorded on Wednesday, June 1, according to the data.

As of 6am on Friday, eleven power plants, including the Shiroro Power Station in Niger State, were not generating any megawatts of electricity. Others were Afam IV & V, Geregu I, Omotosho I, AES, ASCO, Trans-Amadi, Rivers IPP, Gbarain, Olorunsogo I and II. The total national power generation stood at 2,604.5MW as of 6am on Friday, down from a peak of 5,074.7MW on February 2, according to the Ministry of Power.

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