PHCN shuts Egbin power plant

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November 2, 2007


PHCN shuts Egbin power plant


Nigerians are in for longer period of black out as Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) yesterday declared that it is constrained by gas supply cuts to press on with load shedding.

The company said in a press release that the decision was consequent upon a protracted gas outage at its generation stations at Egbin, Delta and Geregu, which said has resulted in a total shut down of Egbin Power Station with the loss of 800 megawatts.

No reason was given for the gas cuts.

“PHCN regrets the inconveniences being experienced presently by its customers nationwide.

“The shortfall in gas supply to Egbin, Delta and Geregu thermal power stations by the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) which started on October 15, 2007 led to generation limitation thereby giving rise to the on-going load–shedding,” the statement read in part.

The company said it is sensitive to the plight of power consumers and reiterated that the prevailing situation was due to factors beyond its control.

“Meanwhile, we appeal to our esteemed customers to please bear with us at this critical period and assure that power supply will improve as soon as gas supply from the Nigeria Gas Company is restored,” it explained.

Daily Champion reports that trade of allegations between the PHCN and NGC over power outages have been traditional. While the gas company complains of huge debts by the power company, it also grumbles that even the huge gas volumes are supplied the power monopoly at highly uncompetitive tariff, explaining why PCHN has failed over the years to seek alternative supply from either Gaslink or Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG).

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One Response to “PHCN shuts Egbin power plant”

  1. idowu oluwaseun e. says:

    low production of egbin power station is the causes of this occurence which must be pay a close attention to in order to remain in production table of electiricity in Nigeria

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