FG Targets Additional 7, 000 Megawatts To Boost Power Supply

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-05)

Nahimat Adekoga

 

The Federal Government has assured Nigerians on measures being put in place to improve electricity supply across the country with additional 7, 000 megawatts  to the National grid.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, gave the assurance on Sunday in Abuja.

According to him, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with companies that would supply the gas to increase the output.

Akande lamented that the country began to experience low electricity supply due to pipeline vandalism and the bombings in the Niger Delta region.

He said,  “When the administration came in as a matter of fact we were doing less than 300mw. So we were not doing 5000 mw when we came in; actually, we were the ones that took it to 5000 mw for the first time in the history of this country.

“In February, we took it to 5000 mw but unfortunately it was that same February that the bombing of the oil pipelines started, so it brought down the output.”

Akande noted that the government has embarked on incremental power, a system to increase power supply in a different way.

“So a lot of transmission facilities and infrastructure for power are being rejuvenated, trying to tap more from gas. So, you are going to be seeing more of gas-to-power, government is rejuvenating quite a number of them, he said.”

He explained that through rejuvenation of some transmission facilities and infrastructure government was doing what is called “incremental power ‘’ in order to bring up the megawatt.

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He said government would be carrying these processes in the geo pollical zones of the country in order to provide constant and sustainable electricity to the people.

“Government is working, it is one of the areas we are working very diligently on a daily basis to sort out the problems,’’ he said.

Akande said that there were plans also by government to effect public, private partnership to ensure that Mambila project came on stream in power generation.

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On the issues of idle power plants, he explained that a lot of the plants, facilities were not being utilized because they had been disconnected.

“We are trying to fix them so that the plants will bring significant increment to the output. So, government is trying to see how this problem can be solved and we believed that there would be an improvement in power sector,’’ he said

 

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