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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nigeria’s power generation over 4600MW – Igali



currently generates over 4600 megawatts of electricity, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power,Mr. Godknows Igali has said.
Igali made the disclosure to State House correspon­dents when his Ministry briefed President Muham­madu Buhari on its activities at the Presidential Villa yesterday.
He said the major challenge now was the evacua­tion of the generated power to end users as this was adversely affecting the consumers.
Igali said the country has consistently maintained over 4,500 mega watts for the past two months.

“We are doing over 4600 megawatts of power on the grid and we can do better. But then this is a big im­provement from about 3,000. Other times when we attain 4,000mw because of pipeline disruptions we go down to about 2000mw. We have consistently in the past two months been doing over 4,500mw and now reaching close to 4,700mw,” he said.

He however added that the government was tracking the Distribution Companies (DISCOS) to ensure that what is needed at the distribution level is done.

In a related development, the recently concluded power infrastructure upgrade at Egbin power Plc, Ni­geria’s largest power generation plant, may be paying off afterall as the generation plant for the first time in eight years hit 1,100 megawatts as at July and has sus­tained the feat till now.

The development may have been responsible for the steady improvement in supply of electricity currently being witnessed, with the power generation plant pro­ducing about one –third of total power generated in the country.

Recall that eight years ago, the plant hit the 1,000MW mark for barely two hours and never attained it again until now, according to the company.

This was submitted by Adewale Sanyaolu and Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

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