To buffer electricity supply to the national grid, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), recently, stated that the Calabar 450, megawatt power plant will be energised for operations.
NERC explained that the power plant was idle due to gas constraint challenges, adding that the country lost 800MW from Calabar and Alaoji power plants due to unavailability of gas.
In a chat with journalists, NERC Chairman, Sanusi Garba, also hinted that over one trillion naira had been invested in the power grid, adding that the sector had been afflicted with infrastructure deficit, breakdown of transmission towers, vandalisation of pipelines and power system which, he said, remained a peculiar problem to the power sector in the country.
Garba lamented that most of the power plants located in the Western part of the country had been constrained due to gas challenges.
The Calabar Thermal Power Station is a 562.5mw gas fired power project.
It is located in Cross River State.
The plant was plunged into inaction following gas supply constraints.
Garba said concerted efforts were ongoing to return all redundant plants back on track.
Many Nigerian cities were thrown into darkness last week after the national grid collapsed.
With the lingering fuel crisis and expensive diesel prices, the outage left homes and businesses without electricity.