The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has stated that due to loss of gas, it would be shutting down five power stations to carry out maintenance work.

In a statement from the management yesterday, the Nigeria Gas Company Limited (NGC) gave a notice that it planned to shutdown Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Utorogu and Ughelli East Gas Plants, Oben, Sapele and Ogharefe gas plants? and Pan Ocean for maintenance purposes.

The shutdown would commence tomorrow, October 11, and it would occur over a period of seven days.

According to NGC, “the maintenance would lead to complete shutdown of Geregu, Sapele, Ughelli, Omotosho and Olorunsogo power stations throughout the duration of the exercise, thus resulting to a cut back in generation of over 1400MW. This loss of generation will entail minimal load shedding in many parts of the country.”

The management of PHCN however appeals to Nigerians and other stakeholders for understanding and support, while assuring that power supply situation would considerably improve once gas supply is restored to these stations.