If by now you still are unclear about the actual amount of Power Nigeria produces, well, the good news is you’re not alone, the bad news, however, is that more information has been brought to light on the issue which has only further managed to leave the electricity consumers scratching their heads once more. In the latest installment of the blame game that has continually plagued the power sector, the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), says it has the capacity to generate 12,000 Mega Watts but claim that TCN incompetent transmission grid can however only transmit 4,500 MW
The Executive Secretary of APGC, Joy Ogaji, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, said the GENCOs currently have available 8,000 MW capacity, given the readiness of the transmission and distribution networks to absorb the power generated.
“Currently, the generation companies have an installed capacity of 12,500 MW if you put all of them together, they have a capacity to give Nigerians 12,500MW.
“Then they have an available capacity of 8,000MW, out of that 8,000MW, Transmission Company or the transporter that can take this power from us to give to the distribution has a capacity of maximum 5,500, which is what they claim, but we believe they can’t take more than 4,500.“A system stress test that was conducted on the distribution lines shows that the distribution companies (DISCOs), can take a maximum of 4,600MW.
“With the available capacity I have 8,000MW if I say okay, come and take no one can take.”
Now before you begin to wonder what the difference between installed and available capacity is and how all of these translates to power supply, it is important to observe that these claims are not new and echoes in the power sector have often pointed fingers at TCN for the poor power situation in the country. While the GENCOs clearly have the potential to produce more power than is being transmitted, it is curious that TCN hasn’t clearly debunked this claim even though it’s been repeatedly insinuated.
Joy Ogaji Further explained,
“For now we don’t have vandalism problem but inability to pay for gas. How do we pay for the gas, my people were paid a week ago for the electricity generated in January.
“And when they put 100 per cent on the grid, maximally they have been paid 30 per cent, of the money this is one of the issues,’’ she said.
“As we speak, the sector owes the generation companies about N600 billion, unpaid for power that have be generated and consumed already, about N600 billion.
“Now Federal Government came to announce on March 1, that they are bringing N701 billion for the generation companies.
“Where is this money, that N701 billion where is the money, we have written to government, please show us where this money is.’’
She advised the overhaul of the transmission and distribution networks in the country to facilitate the supply of more electricity to Nigerians and claims GENCOs were ready to advance power generation in the country. Well said, Dr. Ogaji.