On Monday, Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, confirmed that government is looking to boost the west African country’s energy generation to 6,000MW in Q1 of 2016, the Premium Times Nigeria reported.
Expanding energy access
Osinbajo disclosed this information on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, while attending the inauguration of the 240MW hydropower plant in Guinea earlier this week.
In August, Nigeria reached an all-time peak of 4,748MW of generated power, which was attributed to the joint efforts of the transmission, generation and distribution companies.
In August, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said that its 6,000MW generation target can be achieved should it strategically resolve project management and modelling challenges.
NERC held a performance management meeting with generation companies and the TCN to encourage both parties to maintain these results.
NERC Chairman, Sam Amadi said: “This is a performance management meeting for largely generators. We had previously had the one for distribution companies. When people look at the power sector in terms of performance, they must look at how much we are generating now.
“They won’t bother to find out how much are we transmitting now or what we are distributing. The problem of the sector since 2010 has been largely project management, while the problem before 2010 was that of modelling on deciding a move from government to private sector utility.”
Amadi explained: “We have moved from a vertically integrated government owned monopoly to an unbundled and privatised electricity market. Apart from TCN and the NIPPs we could say all the utilities are private-sector owned; we have solved the modelling problem.
“We have set a benchmark of increasing capacity to 5,000MW. Today we are actually up to 5,000MW or more but the distribution companies are having issues and problem[s] of receiving power, and then frequency problem.
“NERC is now meeting with the stakeholders to find a way of reinforcing the technical capacity of the grid to solve [the] frequency issue so we can maintain a steady 5,000MW.”
Commending generation projects
Osinbajo noted that the inauguration of the power plant was a “monumental accomplishment” in the short time frame, Premium Times Nigeria reported.
He said: “It shows what can be done with commitment and vision.”
The $500 million (ZAR7 billion) hydropower plant is expected to increase generation output, which will in turn boost economic growth.
The hydropower plant, which comprises of three turbine generator units, is located in the Dubreka district, north of the capital Conakry, AFP reported.