Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Power Generation Hits 4, 349MW

Electricity generation in Nigeria reached an all time high on Monday, December 17, 2012, the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) said yesterday.

"The Power Sector managers achieved a new record performance in generation reaching a new all-time new peak generation of 4349.7 megawatts on December 17," a statement issued by the PTFP spokeswoman, Mrs. Awele Okigbo said.

Also, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) issued a statement announcing the new generation peak.

It said the TCN efficiently wheeled the capacity to the distribution companies across the country.

This new generation peak is against the former peak of 4,321.3MW, attained on Friday, 31st August, 2012.

The new generation peak was achieved due to improved gas supply, newly commissioned generating units at National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) thermal power stations in Omotosho and Olorunsogo as well as concerted efforts of engineers in the generation companies, transmission and distribution companies, it said. The federal government had set a 4500mw target for itself by the end of 2012.

Late November, the Escravos gas plant belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited on the Western Gas Network to the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System was shut down for pipe laying and tying in of wells.

The development led to loss of an estimated 300 megawatts during the three weeks period it was expected to last. But that has been restored Daily Trust gathered yesterday.

Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday on phone, the PTFP spokeswoman, Awele Okigbo said the recovery works ongoing at the existing power plants contributed to the impressive increase to 4, 349mw.

"This is very exciting and cheering news," said the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), Engr. Beks Dagogo-Jack. "To be clear, we are not surprised. We are fully focused as a team to prove to Nigerians that this government is serious about power in spite of all the challenges on the way."

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