9 November 2012

Nigeria: 1,200MW of Power Lie Idle Over Poor Transmission Infrastructure

About 1,200MW of Power is currently lying idle at various power plants across the country due to poor transmission infrastructure, LEADERSHIP has learnt.

According to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Mrs.Dere Awosika, while speaking at the recently concluded West African Power Pool (WAPP) assembly at the weekend in Abuja, the country currently generates 5,400MW out of which 4,200MW is evacuated.

Findings showed that 1,200MW of power can adequately supply electricity to at least five states in Nigeria, and would have a significant impact on the stability of power supply across the country if wheeled out.

LEADERSHIP learnt that out of the 4,200MW about 200MW is set aside as spinning reserve for system stability, meaning about 4,000MW is currently being transmitted for distribution.

This development is coming just as it has been revealed that Manitoba Hydro International, a Canadian based firm, contracted by the federal government at the sum of $23 million for the turnaround management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), is yet to assume full responsibility of the company two months into the commencement of its contract.

According to Awosika, "the fact of the matter is that we have generated over 5,000MW but there is what we call stranded power and that stranded power cannot be wheeled and we are working. You know you need to have a vehicle through which the power can go," she said.

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