8 December 2012

Nigeria: Power Generation to Hit 6,873 Megawatts in 2013 - Minister

The Federal Government has said it has put in place strategies to ensure that it generates 6,873 megawatts (MW) in 2013.

Minister of State for Power & Steel, Hajia Zainab Kuchi, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday at a meeting with managing directors and chief executive officers (CEOs) of all successors - Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) generation and distribution companies, electricity bulk trader, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), and Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN).

The event witnessed the CEOs signing of performance contracts between the minister in line with the federal government's directive and to ensuring that all hands are on deck to supply power to Nigerians.

She said the ministry in its determination to provide electricity for Nigerians had collaborated with the private and public sectors to improve the value chain in power delivery.

"In particular, we worked closely with the Ministry of Petroleum at ministerial level to improve the gas delivery for power. Similarly, we are collaborating with Ministry of Mines and Steel Development on coal to power projects," she said.

Giving a breakdown of power generation status, the CEO, Egbin Power Plant, Mr. Mike Uzoigwe, said the current capacity of all PHCN successor generation companies (GENCO) for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 2,829MW, adding that 3,879MW had been projected for 2013.

He explained that with an additional 2,500MW expected to be generated from the Independent Power Plants (IPPs) and the National Integrated Power Plants (NIPPs), the total available power to the national grid by 2013 will be 6,873MW.

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