Govt moves 5,000MW target to January 2015

25 November 2014, Abuja – The target to generate 5,000 megawatts of electricity has been moved to January 2015 by the Federal Government.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, said the inauguration of Gbarian Power Plant, Alaoji Power Plant and Omoku Power Plant would not exceed January 2015 and promised the plants would be provided with enough gas for the generation of 5,000MW.

Prof Chinedu NeboGovernment had earlier this year announced plans to generate 5,000MW power before the end of the year.

Nebo, who spoke in Abuja on Monday at the 2014 Ministerial Platform, noted that plans to accomplish the target remained unchanged.

He said, “Some people are asking about the completion of the National Integrated Power Project. I have mentioned about Alaoji, Gbarian and Omoku. I don’t think they will spill beyond January for achieving the 5,000MW because the gas is already available.”

Nebo said the ministry might declare the Transition Electricity Market in six weeks time.

He said stakeholders would meet this week “to see if it is feasible to declare TEM in the next six weeks.”

The minister further revealed that the Federal Government was in talks with different IPPs to produce additional 3,146 megawatts of electricity for Nigeria.

Nigeria currently generates less than 4,000MW of electricity for its over 160 million citizens.

Nebo said discussions were ongoing with front runner IPPs such as Zuma Energy for the generation of 1200MW from coal in Kogi State; 400MW gas-fired plant in Egbema, Imo State; 495MW gas-fired plant by Century Power in Okija, Anambra State; and Exxon/MPN to build a 100MW wind plant in Plateau State.

Others are a 100MW solar plant in Bauchi by Nigeria Solar Capital Partners; Bresson A.S’ 60MW gas-fired plant in Magboro, Ogun State; Proton Energy’s 150MW gas-fired plant in Sapele, Delta State; KVK Power Nigeria PVT Limited’s 50MW solar plant in Sokoto; and Ikot Abasi’s 250MW gas-fired power plant in Akwa Ibom, among others.

The minister said the government had identified companies that were willing to generate power, stressing that about 341.5MW of stranded power from such companies would be wheeled to the grid.

He said an action plan had been concluded to ensure steady gas supply to all NIPP plants across the country.

“This is expected to address the issues of insufficient power generation and excessive gas flaring from oil exploration in the Niger Delta region, as the 10 NIPP power plants have combined generating capacity of 5,280MW,” he said.


– The Punch

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