Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah has unveiled plans of the Nigerian government to add 4.2GW of electricity to the national grid in 18 months.
According to him the government has deployed underutilized power projects to deliver incremental power to industrial centers and rural communities in the country. This process will be coordinated by the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council (NIPCAC).
Selected power projects
A total of eight power projects including the Aba Integrated Power Project, Kainji rehabilitation and expansion, power transmission, captive power projects for industry, Afam IV rehabilitation, Afam V rehabilitation, a Seplat gas facility and Alaoji power plant have been selected for this critical intervention.
The Minister also pointed out that work has already began on the Alaoji power plant to supply about 360MW of unutilized power to Industrial centres as well as the south-East axis of Onitsha, Aba, Nnewi and Ihiala.
“The end-to-end power delivery project, which is being undertaken through Public-Private Partnership, ensures that generation, transmission and distribution are all aligned and simultaneously executed,” said Enelamah.
The beauty of this project, which is a pilot, is the optimization of resources and also that the learning from it is intended to be used to unlock up to 2GW from underutilized NDPHC power plants.
The partners executing the project in coordination with (NIPCAC) are the federal government, through The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), GE Power, as well as Enugu Disco.