5 February 2013

Nigeria: '2013 - A Make or Break Year for Power Sector'


The year 2013 is a "make or break year" for the power sector reform in Nigeria, the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) has said.

A 2012 review report by the taskforce of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry said a "Timely delivery of the 2013 milestones will guarantee a big pay off from 2014 and beyond in terms of improved power supply, impact on the economy and generate political dividends to this administration."

It said that poor performance in 2013 will leave the reform very vulnerable and lead to gain reversals and market confusion.

It also said the PTFP is producing a revised roadmap which shall seek to deliver the privatization of the sector fully by the fourth quarter of 2013 as well as make projections for power growth from various fuel and energy sources up to 2016.

Chairman of the PTFP, Engineer Becks Dagogo-Jack said in the highlight segment of the report that Nigeria witnessed the sector's highest peak generation (4,517 megawatts) on December 21, 2012.

He said: "We also achieved the highest ever level of energy sent out per day in excess of 98,580 MWH on December 19, 2012 as well as attained a record peak in gas production and supply to power."

According to Dagogo-Jack, "Since then we have maintained close interaction with the System Operator and the rest of the technical teams for daily performance monitoring. We have instituted new service protocols which better integrates the roles of the gas supplier and the System Operator for daily energy output optimization. "We are hopeful that these initiatives supported with the delivery of some critical transmission-distribution interface gap-closure projects will see us putting more power on the grid in the coming months."

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