Nigeria just added another win to its bag of trophies for 2017, and that is being ranked second worst electricity supply nation and infant deaths in 2017.
Here’s the list released by Spectator Index on their official Twitter page.
Infant deaths per 1,000 live births;
Angola: 96 Nigeria: 89 Pakistan: 69 Kenya: 59 India: 41 South Africa: 38 Indonesia: 25 Brazil: 15 Iran: 15 Turkey: 12.6 China: 11.6 Russia: 8.2 US: 5.9 UK: 4.2 Australia: 3.9 France: 3.3 Germany: 3.1 Japan: 2.2 Singapore: 1.7 (UN)
Worst electricity supply nation, 2017 (out of 137 countries)
1. Yemen 2. Nigeria 3. Haiti 4. Lebanon 5. Malawi 10. Venezuela 23. Pakistan 25. Argentina 29. Ethiopia 37. Bangladesh 41. South Africa 42. Sri Lanka 45. Algeria 46. Philippines 50. Turkey (WEF)
Recall that in there was power outage across Nigeria on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2017’s night.
Gas constraint, maintenance issues and other challenges forced Nigeria’s power generation down amid New Year celebrations on Monday and later Tuesday night, an industry report obtained by PREMIUM TIMES revealed.
According to the operational report prepared by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, for Monday, the power generated for the first day of the year stood at 4,685 MW, out of a peak demand forecast of 17,720 MW and generation capacity of 7,871 MW.
The report put the eight-hour power generation for the day at 4,257 MW between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m., 3,915 MW between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 4,686 MW between 5 p.m. and 12 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The report revealed that power plants such as Kainji, Trans-Amadi and Olorunsogo were shut down due to gas constraints. Others like Alaoji and Geregu NIPP were out due to maintenance issues.
The report said that the peak generation till date, put at 5,222 MW, was recorded on December 18, 2017, while the maximum available capacity – what can actually be generated – to date, put at 7,652 MW, was recorded in April 2014.
The power ministry, in a statement in the early hours of Wednesday blamed the outage on fire at a gas pipeline system which interrupted gas supply and affected the national transmission grid.
“The sudden loss of generation due to interruption in gas supply from these stations caused the national transmission grid to trip off around 20:20 on 2nd January 2018. The national transmission grid is owned and operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN),” the ministry stated.
The statement signed by the power minister, Babatunde Fashola, said the problem would be temporary,
By Wednesday morning, electricity had been restored in many parts of the country.