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‘Why power system collapsed’

MAINSTREAM Energy Solutions Ltd, the concessionaires of Kainji and Jebba Power Plants, yesterday explained the power system collapse, saying that the Jebba Hydro Electric Power Station did not suffer any damage
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MAINSTREAM Energy Solutions Ltd, the concessionaires of Kainji and Jebba Power Plants, yesterday explained the power system collapse, saying that the Jebba Hydro Electric Power Station did not suffer any damage.

But insiders told The Guardian last night that there were more serious reasons than the company had stated.

Mainstream Energy had stressed that “the Power System Collapse which occurred around 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2015 occasioning outage in Abuja and other parts of the country was caused by a breakdown at Jebba Hydro Electric Power Station.

According to the concessionaires, the Jebba Plant has five generating units with combined available capacity of 400MW while Kainji has four units with combined available capacity of 305 MW.

“As at the time the system collapse occurred, the generating units were on the national grid. The units separated due to the national grid failure,” the statement explained.

The company also explained that effort has been made by the National Control Centre to black-start the system using the Kainji Power Plant. “Kainji and Jebba power plants remain available to supply power as soon as the National grid is restored.

Since Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited took over Kainji and Jebba plants in November, 2013, the company has not only stabilised operations of the power plants but has also increased generation capacity of the plants despite various frustrations,” it concluded.

The Guardian, however, learnt last night that lack of capacity to sustain grid of thermal power plants was the real issue.

An informed source disclosed that scarcity of gas resulted in a lack of capacity to sustain grid of thermal power plants.

“We are left with only three hydro power plants. Kainji and Jebba could not push power to the South because the grid cannot be brought up. This is the reason for the total collapse,” the source told The Guardian.