Egbin Power, Africa’s largest thermal power station, has been compelled to cease operations due to challenges surrounding the supply of gas to the facility. The shutdown was initiated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to address a leaking gas pipeline.

In an official statement posted on its X handle, the TCN disclosed that the shutdown was a crucial step in resolving the gas pipeline leak. The interruption in operations at the power station is expected to result in a reduction of 676MW of bulk power supplied to the nation’s grid for a period of 72 hours.

The statement from TCN clarified the reason for the shutdown: “This is to notify the public that as of 11:13 hours on 18 December 2023, the Egbin Power generating station was shut down to allow the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) to maintain a linking gas pipeline supplying gas.”

The three-day shutdown will have implications for the availability of bulk power delivered to distribution companies’ load centers, according to the TCN.

Situated in Lagos, Egbin Power Plant holds the distinction of being Nigeria’s largest thermal generating station, boasting an installed capacity of 1,320 MW contributing to the country’s national grid.

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