Lagos — The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said it will ration power across the country for six days starting from today.
A statement by the TCN yesterday announced a reduction in power generation by 400 megawatts due to plant shutdown for maintenance by Shell.
'Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) will be carrying out scheduled maintenance work on Okoloma Gas Plant which supplies gas to Afam VI Power Plant, thereby leading to the shutdown of the power plant, resulting in nationwide power rationing,' the statement said.
The shutdown of Afam VI power plant became necessary to allow SPDC inspect and carry out routine maintenance work on the Okoloma natural gas station in Afam, Rivers State, to ensure its technical integrity. Maintenance work on Okoloma gas plant, SPDC revealed, is important to guarantee continuous and uninterrupted supply of gas to Afam VI for power generation into the national grid.
The TCN said it regrets the inconveniences the six-day power rationing will cause all electricity consumers nationwide.
The power rationing is coming barely two days after the l takeover of major electricity companies under the former Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) by private investors.