03 January 2014, Abuja – The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Thursday given the assurance that work was being done to normalise electricity supply to parts of the country that experienced shortage recently.
He gave the assurance in a statement issued by the Special Assistant (Media) to the minister, Mrs. Kande Daniel, in Abuja.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the statement quoted the minister as expressing deep regret over the situation in parts of Lagos and other areas that were affected by the reduced supply.
Nebo attributed the situation to the challenges with gas supply to the transmission stations, and gave the assurance that the situation was being squarely addressed.
He said the deterioration in the quantity of supply in the Lagos area was a direct consequence of the compounded gas shortage resulting from the recent vandalism of the Escravos Lagos (western axis) gas pipeline.
He said repair work on the pipeline, earlier completed last week, was now taking a few more days to complete due to the discovery of at least two more leaks in the process of pressurisation.
He said completion of repairs and re-commissioning of the pipeline, earlier planned for this week, was now expected to be achieved before the end of January.
Nebo said that though an increase in generation was recorded this week despite the unfavourable gas situation, Lagos received a maximum load of 816MW on December 29.
He said this was less than the required minimum of 1,000MW, describing it as inadequate and unacceptable for the nation’s commercial nerve centre.
He appealed to the media to continue to partner with the ministry to achieve results, and to enlighten the public on issues affecting the power sector.
– This Day