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Power ministry explains nationwide blackout


Minister of Power, Sale Mamman

The Ministry of Power has said the outage across the country is due to gas constraint, maintenance of Jebba Power Plant, and water shortage management in Shiroro Plant.
This was disclosed yesterday in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of Power, Aaron Artimas.
The statement said the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, assured that the national grid would be restored to the peak of about 5,600 megawatts (MW) achieved earlier in the year to relieve Nigerians of the current harsh climatic condition.
He said: “The problem is caused by the breakdown of some of the national integrated power plants supplying electricity to the national grid. The plants are Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji and Ihovbor. The Jebba Power Plant was shut down for annual maintenance.
“Seven other integrated power plants, namely Geregu, Sepele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras and Alaoji are experiencing gas constraints while the Shiroro Plant has water management problems.”


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