In Nigeria, minister of state for works, power and housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, has directed stakeholders in the sector to form energy sector committees to assist in exploiting the country’s energy mix.
Shehuri said the establishment of energy sector committees would serve to formulate strategies aimed at enhancing energy resources and help in delivering electricity to the nation.
[quote]According to local media, Shehuri was speaking at the second edition of the National Council on Power held in Kaduna.
While addressing delegates, he noted that the power industry is currently going through specific challenges.
However, to overcome such challenges, he suggested that the council should deliberate on these challenges especially as the industry is in transition.
The minister said: “We are here to discuss gas to power and the current constraints that we have and the gas resources that we have and the prospect of better utilisation of the resources, the key actors in the sector, international oil companies, NNPC, others and what they need to do to get a better result, the pricing issues, commercial issues and security which is at the centre of the challenges that we now face.
“How to align gas infrastructural development with the generation capabilities, how to use gas resources more creatively in terms of LPG, LNG and other ways of better utilising our rich gas resources.”
Energy sector committees boosting energy mix
Shehuri said the first committee will be looking at issues such as the ideal energy mix for the country. The minister maintained that Nigeria holds sufficient gas, adding that there are also extensive hydro resources.
“Nigeria also has coal, we have wind, we have abundant solar, one committee is going to focus on how to effectively harness these energy resources and develop energy target and mix that will better serve the country,” he added.