Elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion peaks at 3600mw – Amadi

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS / NEWS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

Chair­man of the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC) Dr. Sam Amadi has said that elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion, na­tion­wide, has peaked to 3,600 megawatts (mw).

Amadi, who made the dis­clo­sure while fea­tur­ing on a ra­dio pro­gramme tagged: ‘Po­lit­i­cal Plat­form’ by Ray Power FM re­cently, said he an­tic­i­pated fur­ther in­crease in power gen­er­a­tion af­ter the on­go­ing re­pairs of the van­dalised lines.

Re­cently there was a drop of about 700mw in ac­tual ca­pac­ity which caus­ed­load­shed­ding,pow­er­ra­tioning and out­ages across the coun­try.

Amadi, who said more ca­pac­ity is be­ing ex­pected from the Na­tional In­te­grated Power Projects (NIPPs), there­fore, ad­vised Nige­ri­ans to be pa­tient with govern­ment and the new own­ers of util­ity com­pa­nies, ex­press­ing his con­fi­dence that the sit­u­a­tion would be bet­ter by the end of the year. He at­trib­uted the cur­rent chal­lenges of elec­tric­ity in the coun­try to gas con­straint, dis­clos­ing that the Federal Govern­ment was do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion.

Amadi said some plants have been com­plet­ed­but­not­put­touse­be­causeof lack­of­gas,as­suringaspeedyres­o­lu­tion through the gas sup­ply agree­ment.

On me­ter­ing, he said con­sumers would be en­cour­aged to pay the fixed price so as to make the mar­ket at­trac­tive for in­vestors, be­liev­ing they would be able to re­coup their money once in­vest­ment was made.

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