Nigeria’s improved electricity supply project on track

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Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo, has reassured that all the relevant agencies are working tirelessly to make gas available to operators in the power sector with a view to achieving improvement in electricity supply promise made to consumers of the product in the country.

Chinedu disclosed this at an over-sight visit to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s headquarters.

Chinedu said that the power ministry is determined to deliver on President Goodluck Jonathan’s directive of appreciable improvement in electricity supply nationwide by June. The minister challenged NERC to devise a mechanism that would open-up communities that are far flung from the grid system through rural electrification means that would include renewable energy sources.

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi pledged NERC’s support for the new initiative adding that much work has been done to make gas available to the country’s power plants. He further revealed that in a few weeks’ time, the major pipelines will be able to make enough gas available for use by the power plants

So far, Siemens has completed Niger Delta Power Holding Company’s gas-fired Geregu II power plant in Ajaokuta, in Kogi. General Electric Co. and Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. are also planning to construct a gas-fired plant in Okija in Anambra state. With an initial 495 MW, the plant is expected to run at its full capacity of 1,500 MWby 2020.

Nigeria, plagued by frequent blackouts, wants to boost its current electricity output of about 4,000MW to 20,000MW by 2016.