The federal government has said the low water levels in the hydro dams is to blame for the poor power supply in the country.
The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, explained that the dry season has resulted in the reduction of hydro capacity of the dams.
Aliyu stated this on Thursday in Abuja during the statehouse ministerial briefing.
“I would like to discuss the increased load shedding. You may have observed in Abuja and other areas in the country. With the reduction in hydro capacity during the dry season, additional loads need to be taken up by our gas plants,” he said.
The minister also disclosed that the ongoing maintenance work on some power plants around the country also contributed to the reduced power supply.
“We are having maintenance work in the eastern axis around Odupami, leading to reduced power supply from the usually reliable NDPHC Calabar power plant, and we are having challenges at Okoloma gas station linked to AFAM 6 power plant,” he said.
“We are working with NNPC and other gas suppliers. Also to improve the pressure on the western axis and that is precluding this unit from reaching optimum supply. These challenges are surmountable.”
Leave a Reply