Nigeria`s power generation hits 6803MW mark
Power generation in Nigeria has kept an upward movement in the recent times, as available fact indicates that the commodity has reached 6803 Megawatt mark in the month of August.
The current generation capacity has brought the nation closer to reaching the February 2016 milestone of more than 5000 MW attained, a communique issued at the end of a day stakeholders in power sector meeting host by Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) in the commercial city of Kano.
According to the communique, the progress in generation recorded was due to reduction in vandalism, as well as, as a result of higher water levels across the country.
Other factor responsible was the on-going efforts by the Federal Government in collaboration with the governments of states in the Niger Delta areas of the country in security management which led to improved gas supply.
“As at August 10, 2017, 6803MW was recorded as the current available generating capability, with a wheeling capacity of 6700MW by TCN, currently constrained by DisCos inability to take load.
“This is in line with incremental power policy with improvements from TCN improving the wheeling capacity from 5000MW to 6700MW.
“NDPHC noted that the Oke-Aro to Mowe line is fully energized and is currently working with Ibadan Disco, leading to successful connection of Magboro, Oke -Afa and MFM communities, and is currently working on connecting more communities. NDPHC announced that Omotosho connection to local communities should be complete by end of September 2017. Okija line is expected to be completed in November 2017. 130 MVA SS complete
“TCN announced the completion of Birnin Kebbi and Kano (Kombotso) transmission substations as well as a substation at Tamburawa Water Facility. Kwanar Dangora substation was also listed as complete” the communique added.
In line with efforts to reduce energy theft in the country, the communique noted that Ibadan DisCo announced arrest of ex staff by EFCC for meter infiltration. The meeting lauded the support of security agencies in the efforts to reduced financial losses in the sector.
“Benin DisCo listed difficulties connecting Okitipupa, due to vandalism estimated to cost N450million. Benin DisCo is making assessments with a view to resolving the challenges.
“Enugu DisCo noted the acceptance of the metering plan by Agulu Town in Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, while Eko DisCo also noted resolution of challenges raised by Ajijedun/Abiola Landlord Association in a petition, subject to confirmation by officers of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
“NERC announced that the best performing DisCo of Q1 2017 was Ikeja DisCo and the best performing GenCo for Q1 2017 was Omotosho” the communique further disclosed.
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