Friday, 16 August 2019

Buhari's Govt Raises Installed Power Generation Capacity To 13,427Mw, Says VP, Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has on Thursday, 15th August said that President Buhari's led administration has increased installed power generation capacity to 13,427 megawatts (Mw).

Osinbajo said additional 660Mw is expected from some power plants before the end of this year.
He spoke on Thursday at the inauguration of the two 60MVA, 132/33kv substation and associated 132kv transmission lines at Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said the inauguration was an important part of Federal Government’s effort to improve the supply and quality of power to homes and businesses in Nigeria, adding that in the past three years, resolving the power problem has been a top priority for the government.
Giving an update on the state of the power sector, Osinbajo said: “Currently we have about 13,427Mw of installed capacity, while available capacity is about 8,342Mw. 
This was achieved by the efforts our government and its private sector partners in rehabilitation and commissioning of turbines in Shiroro and Egbin power stations as well as Delta Power, Sapele and Gbarain power stations.
“Before the end of this year, a new generation is expected from these power stations:  Gbarain, an extra 115Mw, Kashimbila 40Mw, Afam V 240Mw, Gurara 30Mw, Dadinkowa 20Mw and Kaduna 215Mw.”
He also noted that in the long term, several solar power plants will come on stream. The national grid already has a transmission capacity of 7000Mw, an increase from about 5000Mw. This is due to the completion of several transmission projects. On the contrary, he noted that the distribution capacity of the 11 distribution companies (DisCos) is significantly low hovering around an average of 4000Mw. 
This low capacity has limited the capacity to deliver power to end-users despite the substantial generation and transmission capacities. DisCos provide distribution assets and metering to consumers. We are resolving this issue through the Meter Asset Providers and expect the initiative will close the metering gap of 5.3 million customers, he added.


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