Nigeria's power generation down by two thirdsPower generation in Nigeria has fallen to 1,000 megawatts from an average of 3,000 as a result of a shortage of gas supplies, the state-run power company PHCN said Tuesday.
The Power Holding Company of Nigeria The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (abbreviated PHC or PHCN), formerly the National Electric Power Authority (abbreviated NEPA) is an organisation governing the use of electricity in Nigeria. said in a statement that there had been a shortfall in deliveries from the Nigerian Gas Company to the Egbin and Sapele Sapele (səpā`lē), city (1991 est. pop. 123,000), S Nigeria, a port in the Niger delta. The center of the Nigerian timber industry, Sapele has sawmills and a large plywood and veneer factory; rubber is processed there, and plastics, power plants in recent months.
"This has resulted in generation limitation thereby giving rise to the ongoing load shedding and constant system disturbance," PHCN said.
It blamed the situation on the vandalisation of gas pipelines in the volatile Niger Delta The Niger Delta, the delta of the Niger River in Nigeria, is a densely populated region sometimes called the Oil Rivers because it was once a major producer of palm oil. .
Nigeria's 3,000 megawatts is completely inadequate for the needs of its 140 million people.
Even South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. , which also suffers from power shortages, generates more than 15 times as much power as Nigeria for a population one-third its size.
In February, a presidential committee was set up to triple power supply in the oil-rich west African West Africa
A region of western Africa between the Sahara Desert and the Gulf of Guinea. It was largely controlled by colonial powers until the 20th century.
West African adj. & n. country over the next 18 months.