7 August 2012

Nigeria: FG Says Power Supply Peaks At 4,237 MW

Lagos — Minister of Power, Prof.Barth Nnaji, says public power supply hit a peak capacity of 4,237MW on Monday.

The supply excludes spinning reserves, he said in a statement on Tuesday, stressing that this is the highest power output ever generated in Nigeria to date.

Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, announced this during a meeting with the Ministry's Directors, a statement said.

The statement, which was signed by Ogbuagu Anikwe, his Special Adviser (Media) attributed the sharp increase to gas availability and commended the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs.Diezani Alison-Madueke, for delivering on the promise to supply gas to the thermal plants.

"Gas is coming up gradually and when fully stabilised, we can easily hit 5,000MW," he said.

The Minister also said that although water levels have also improved at the dams, hydro power plant managers at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro are operating a management system designed to ensure that there is water for power all year round.

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