Power “’ Nigeria
has ambitious plans
 
Abuja, Nigeria — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 27 January 2012 – The federal government of Nigeria is to spend US$5.5 billion under the first implementation plan of its Vision 20:2020 to generate 16, 000 megawatts (MW) by 2013, according to the project implementation document.

The Vision 20:2020 implementation document for 2010 to 2013 “’ issued here by the National Planning Commission “’ states that during the period, the proposed investment will cover four major areas: power generation, transmission, distribution and alternative energy.

The “Daily Trust” quotes the document as adding that the overall target for the period was to increase electricity generation, transmission and distribution from the 3,700MW in December 2009 to 8,000MW in 2010 and 16,000MW by 2013.

“Access to electricity is expected to increase from the current 40% to 50%, while per capita consumption will increase from the current 125kwh to 500kwh over the planned period.

This is expected to be achieved through significant investment in rural electrification programmes that will facilitate the expansion of transmission and distribution lines to the majority of rural Nigeria,” the document states.

It adds that alternative energy technology will be developed from other renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass, especially for the electrification of rural communities.

“In order to achieve the medium term goal, government will continue regular maintenance of all its power infrastructure, and rehabilitate and complete all ongoing power projects. It will also put in place incentives for private sector participation through the accelerated implementation of the Power Reform Act,” the document concluded.