TCN Blames Low Generation For Nationwide Incessant Outages

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria says the current load shedding being experienced nationwide is as a result of very low power generation by the electricity generation companies for the TCN to wheel through the transmission grid to distribution companies nationwide.

For close to three weeks now, power consumers in various locations across the country have been complaining of incessant outages amidst the over one month scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, in Nigeria.

Reacting to the outages in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the transmission company said, “The media has been awash with reports that TCN has reduced the load allocation to distribution companies. That information is incorrect.

The correct position is that TCN can only transmit the quantum of power generated by Gencos through the national grid to distribution load centres nationwide.

“For clarity, TCN does not generate electricity and therefore can only transport cumulative generation from all the generation companies nationwide to distribution load centres.”

It stated that the distribution companies were responsible for end-user consumption, while TCN allocated power to Discos based on approved percentage of the total generation available per hour or on day-ahead nomination.

TCN stated that currently, the cumulative generation nationwide was low and Gencos had attributed this to several factors including poor gas supply, fault in generating units, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.

It said all of these issues had caused most power generating companies to limit their generation, and sometimes not generate at all.

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