A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

27.9m Nigerian households off national power grid – Report 

..As energy demand to reach 419TWh per annum by 2025

*Power transmission substation.

OpeOluwani Akintayo

13 November 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — Estimated projections from a recent Nigerian energy needs assessment commissioned by Shell has found that a total of 27.9 million households in Nigeria are either totally off the power grid or have a bad grid connection.

According to the study focused on the need for renewable energy in the country, the 27.9 million affected households get less than four hours of electricity per day.
“There is need for Nigeria to connect to a vast community of functional energy solutions.”
“Right now, over a hundred million Nigerians are without sufficient access to energy and experience daily power outages. It’s a serious challenge for households,  businesses and communities, impacting on every part of daily life. It’s also a massive opportunity for growth,” the report said.
Corroborating Shell’s call for Nigeria’s need for off grid solutions, the Nigerian Campaign Director, Power for All, Ifeoma Malo, at a media training workshop organised for journalists on Monday, emphasised the need for Nigeria to embrace other energy sources other than those from fossil fuels.
600,000 people are killed every year by air pollution caused by the use of solid biomass for cooking, she said, adding that it would take Africa until 2080 to get fully electrified if Africa continues to reject other forms of energy.
“The world is facing a unique moment in its history to deliver universal energy access and all sector of the society have a role to play. Joining does not cast anything, but we ask sector to partner to supporting this campaign,” she said.
She revealed that electricity distribution companies or Discos have been fighting against the emergence of renewables and off grids in Nigeria because they thought it had come to steal their market.
However, she said the Discos can not fully cater for everyone, most especially rural areas which have proven to be too expensive to reach for the utility companies.
“One billion people do not have to wait. Working together, we can achieve universal energy access before 2030,” she said.
Further statistics have shown that energy demand is set to increase from 262TWh to 419TWh per annum, conservatively by 2025.
This means that over the next ten years, Nigeria’s energy demand will soar by 4.5 percent per year, higher than the population growth.
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