Dr Joy Ogaji, Executive Secretary of the Association of Power Generation Companies, stated that the available generation capacity has decreased from approximately 9,000MW to 6,000MW; and that not all of the current capacity is being utilized.
Power-producing companies on Wednesday announced that the country’s available electricity capacity had decreased by approximately 3,000 megawatts.
According to figures released on Wednesday from the Federal Ministry of Power in Abuja, the largest quantity of power used in Nigeria as of July 6, 2020, was 4,370.7MW.
Ogaji told oil and gas stakeholders at a conference in Abuja on Wednesday that the 25 plants operating in Nigeria have seen a decline in their cumulative available generation capacity due to constraints.
She said, “The 25 plants that are currently operating have a combined installed capacity of over 13,000MW and they have an available capacity, which has dropped.
As of last year, we were almost hitting an available capacity of 9,000MW but a lot of challenges have now dropped it too as of this morning, above 6,000MW. This is what is available, but out of that you know what is being utilised.”
So we had an available capacity of 9,000MW last year but this year it is now 6,000MW and even the 6,000MW we are not utilising all of it.”, “At privatisation on November 1, 2013, power was slightly above 3,400MW but as at last year, the available capacity had been ramped up to nearly 9,000MW.
So we had an available capacity of 9,000MW last year but this year it is now 6,000MW and even the 6,000MW we are not utilising all of it.
Ogaji acknowledged that consumers had expressed their dissatisfaction with the shortage of power, but added that the sector was not using even the amount of electricity available.
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The Nigerian Transmission Company, which transmits power from generators to distribution companies, has previously expressed its displeasure with distributors’ refusal to accept electricity.
The distributors, for their part, claimed that TCN was reducing the electrical load in areas where it was difficult for Discos to collect their rates since inhabitants in those areas struggled to pay their electricity bills.
Only 25 enterprises were generating electricity in Nigeria, according to the APGC executive secretary, out of approximately 160 licensees who had been granted power generation permits by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.
“There are 124 power generation companies, majorly thermals – firms that use gas, that is just watching on the sideline, watching when the market gets serious before coming in,” Ogaji stated.
“Their licences, a cumulative and aggregated number, will give us another 30,000MW if they were actively involved.”
She did acknowledge, though, that attempts were being made to address the industry’s issues, and she asked conference attendees to support power sector operators.