11 December 2012

Nigeria: Dagogo-Jack Explains Relative Stability in Power Supply

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), Mr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, has attributed the current relative stability in power supply to improved service delivery and better management of the system.

Speaking on the country's attainment of new energy peak of 97,749.11 megawatt hour (about 4,000megawatts) on December 4, 2012, the task force chairman said in a statement that the feat was a significant achievement in the country's history of power generation.

He noted that the previous energy peak was 96,768.53 megawatt hour recorded on August 31, 2012.

Dagogo-Jacks said it was important to note that the real metric for improved service delivery and performance in the power sector was by energy, adding that this means measuring how much distance a car covers in the day as opposed to its top speed.

"For the first time in our history, Nigeria travelled the most distance in power (energy) in 24 hours," he said..

"Essentially in the power business what you sell is energy, and that is what everybody uses in their homes. However, in order to be able to deliver that energy you need to produce power over a period of time, and that is essentially the rate of energy.

"The peak of power availability can be an instantaneous occurrence; you can stay there for a second and go off it; whereas energy is constantly delivered to homes. And so it's a thing of joy that for the first time Nigeria has hit a new energy peak of 97,749.11 megawatt hours, which translates into over 4000 megawatt hours per hour," he said.

He explained that "energy is the amount of power delivered per hour," adding that the good news in the development for the Nigerian electricity consumer was that it showed the sustainability in the power being delivered.

Dagogo-Jack also spoke on the new energy peak in relation to the recent partial shutdown of the Escravos gas plant belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited to enable the company to tie in wells and lay pipes for sustainable gas supply to the domestic market and its gas-to-liquid plant.

"With Chevron being out, we still attained this peak energy record. So with improved system management, once Chevron back on, there is a potential that we could hit higher levels still. Subject to the transmission and distribution issues that may arise, there is no reason why we should not go higher than the level that we are today," he said.

He stated that the recent milestones were the tangible signs of progress and effectiveness of the power reform agenda.

"I see this milestone as a product of the cooperation and concerted efforts of the power grid operators. The Task Force will continue to monitor and facilitate their progress and activities." he said.

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