Electricity generation dropped by about 954 mega watts last year, records from the Power Ministry have shown. The records show that on December 30, 2013, Nigeria generated 3,563 mega watts as compared to 4,517 mega watts in December 2012. This represented a drop in generation of 954 mw.
The drop in the electricity generation was largely attributed to the vandalism and shortage of gas supply in the country.
Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, last week, attributed power outages experienced in the past few days, especially in the Lagos axis and other parts of the country, to shortage in gas supply and vandalism.
Nebo said the deterioration of supply in Lagos area arose from compounded gas shortage following the recent extensive vandalism of the Escravos Lagos (western axis) gas pipeline.
At the same time, the number of licensed on-grid generation companies is increasing gradually in the country.
Record from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) obtained by Daily Trust shows that there are total of 72 generation licenses issued to various firms out of which 57 of them are going to provide on-grid power while the remaining 15 are off- grid.
While some of the Gencos are still government owned (NIPP), most government owned generation companies were privatised last year, giving was to a privately- led power sector.
The licensed generation firms have the capacity to generate over 26,093 mega watts when effectively harnessed and put to use even as the nation continues to struggle to generate more power.
The 57 licencees are expected to produce a total of 26,093 megawatts of electricity when are operational and efficiently put to use.
Currently, the Gencos include, AES Nigeris Barge Ltd 270mw Generation on-grid, 987mw Afam Power Plc in Rivers State, Agbara Shoreline Power Ltd 100mw in Ogun State, 1074mw Alaoji Generation Co. Ltd (NIPP), Abia State, 450mw Azura Power West Africa Ltd in Ihovbor Benin, Edo State, 450mw Benin Generation Company Limited, in Ihovbor Benin, Edo State, 561mw Calabar Generation Company Limited, Cross River State, and 495mw Century Power Generation Limited in Okija Anambra State.
Others include: 116mw Delta Electric Power Limited, in Oghareki, Delta State, 135mw DIL Power Plc in Obajana Kogi State, 338mw Egbema Genco in Imo State, 1320mw Egbin Power Plc in Lagos State, 135mw Eleme Petrochemical Co. Ltd in Eleme Complex, Port Harcourt; 140mw Energy Company of Nigeria (NEGRIS) in Ikorodu Lagos State, 10mw Enersys Nigeria Limited in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State; 2800mw Ethiope Energy Ltd in Ogorode, Sapele Delta State, 150mw Farm Electric Supply Ltd , Ota, Ogun State; 150mw First Independent Power Co. Ltd in Omoku Rivers State; 136mw First Independent Power Co. Ltd in Trans-Amadi, Rivers State, 95mw First Independent Power Co. Ltd in Eleme, Rivers State; and 500mw Fortune Electric Power Co. Ltd in Odukpani, Cross River State.
Others are the 225mw Gbarain Genco in Gbarain, Bayelsa State; 140mw Geometric Power Ltd in Aba, Abia State, 434mw Geregu II NIPP Genco in Geregu Kogi State, 414mw Geregu I Genco in Geregu Kogi State, 150mw Hudson Power Ltd in Warawa, Ogun State, 200mw Ibafo Power Station Ltd, in Ibafo, Ogun State; 190mw Ibom Power Ltd in Ikot-Abasi, Akwa ibom State, 624mw ICS Power ltd in Alaoji, Abia State; 20mw Isolo Power Generation Ltd in Isolo, Lagos State, and the 100mw JBS Wind Power Ltd in Mangu, Plateau State.
Other Generation companies licenced by NERC include the 570mw Kainji Hydro Electric Plc in Jebba, Niger State, 760mw Kainji Hydro Electric Plc (Kainji Station) in Kainji, Niger State, 1000mw Knox J & L Energy Solutions Ltd in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, 60mw Lotus & Bresson Nig. Ltd in Magboro, Ogun State, 39mw Mabon Ltd in Dadinkowa, Gombe State; 300mw MBH Power Ltd in Ikorodu, Lagos, 115mw Minaj Holdings Ltd in Agu-Amorji Nike, Enugu, and 480mw Nigerian Agip Oil Co. Ltd in Okpai, Delta State, among others.