Power: 2,859MW unutilised – NERC

Sam Amadi, NERC07 December 2013, Lagos – The nation’s deteriorating power supply has been blamed on the capacity constraints of the generating companies, GENCOs, resul-ting from under-capacity utilisation.

About 2,859 megawatts are unutilised due to gas shortage as at December 3.

Dr. Sam Amadi, Chairman, National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, stated this in a chat with Vanguard yesterday.

His pronouncement came as the NOI Polls, an indigenous opinion research firm working in partnership with The Gallup Poll (USA), reported that Nigeria’s electricity supply worsened in November.

This is a further confirmation that since the handover of generating and distribution companies, DISCOs, to new investors, no new value had been added to the assets of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN.

Instead, blackout has persisted in the country.

Amadi explained that there were capacity constraints with regard to the output of the generating companies, which may have affected the ability of the distribution companies to function optimally.

He also said that contracts for the expansion of the transmission grid would soon be ready.

He said: “There are many such contracts and they have different terminal dates.

“The reinforcement of the transmission is not something I can say will finish today or tomorrow.”

NOI report

The NOI report, stated that “the power situation has worsened considerably with a 13-point decline in the proportion of Nigerians that experienced improvement from October (39 per cent) to November (26 per cent).

“This represents the lowest power rating in 11 months.”

The report indicated that 49 per cent of those polled said that the power situation had deteriorated, 25 per cent said that there was no improvement whatsoever, while 26 said that there was little improvement.

According to NOI, 53 per cent of the males were of the opinion that power supply had worsened, while 45 per cent of the female said same.

Similarly, out of the number that said the situation had not improved, 36 per cent are men, while 31 per cent are women.
*Sebastine Obasi, Vanguard

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