|Prof. Barth Nnaji|
Former Minster of Power, Prof Barth Nnaji, said there is a limit to the number of electricity megawatts (Mw) hydro-power plants and renewable energy sources can generate.
Nnaji stated this during a power forum in Lagos, he said the federal government would not get the required power from these sources.
He said the maximum megawatts (Mw) a hydro-power plant could generate were 10,000Mw and renewable energy plant 1,000Mw.
The former minister said neither did the country have a hydro plant that could generate 10,000Mw of electricity nor a renewable energy source that could provide 1,000Mw.
Nnaji said the water level at the hydro power generation plants reacted to weather and that it would not be advisable for the government to depend on hydro facilities to improve electricity supply.
He urged the government and private operators to collaborate to improve production and distribution of gas to power plants.
He noted that efforts made in the past to boost gas supply were futile, urging the government and other stakeholders in the value chain not to get tired in this regard.
According to him, “Between 70 per cent and 80 per cent of the power generated in Nigeria comes through the thermal plants while the remaining percentage comes from the hydro-power plants, including Kainji, Shiroro, and others. Since the country cannot improve electricity supply through the hydro and renewable energy sources, there is the need for the government to accelerate the production and supply of gas to thermal plants to achieve the desired results.’’