09 May 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Azura Power station in Edo State, Afam power plant in Rivers State and the Kaduna power plant are to boost electricity supply in the national grid by 914 megawatts, MW, soon.
Of the 914MW, the Azura plant will produce 459MW, Afam 240MW while 215MW will come from Kaduna.
In his statements in recent times, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola had stated that the country’s power generation had increased to 7,000MW, transmission also to 7,000MW while distribution had increased from 2,690MW to oscillate between 4,900 and 5,000MW.
The 914MW from Azura will go to push up national power output.
Fashola and the newly sworn-in Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Prof. James Momoh, at last week’s inauguration of latter as the substantive NERC boss in Abuja, had spoken of expected additions to the national grid from other sources.
According to the minister, the electricity market has a capacity of 2,000MW that has been stranded, which the ministry is working to distribute before the end of this year.
Fashola also said the mini-grid regulation has started yielding results, and that the ministry is already seeing the impact in the market.
Momoh added that the market is also expecting power from the Kashimbilla plant, but, maintained that “the distribution end is where our challenge lies.”