The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has in recent past reiterate the need to evacuate the currently constrained 2,000MW produced by the Generation Companies (GENCOs). The untapped 2,000MW of power is as a result of the inadequate demand for electricity by the Distribution Companies (DisCos). Speaking at the recent 22nd monthly power sector operators meeting in Kogi State, Fashola said the federal government will work with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and other stakeholders to get their load audit and deploy the available 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to them.
He noted that Nigeria now produces over 7,000MW but just 5,000MW is being distributed with a balance of 2,000MW unused power. He said government seeks to have the data on where more electricity is needed so it can drive a means of effectively distributing the unused generation capacity to serve more Nigerians.
“That bridge is a bridge of data and information about finding the location of the businesses and industries that need power and getting the 2,000MW that is waiting for deployment to them. I called the Director General of the LCCI and the President of MAN on the need to meet with them to identify the location of their members who need power and do not have it, determine the quality and power rating of their equipment as the basis for an energy audit,” Fashola explained.
The minister said the process will ensure that more power supply gets to estates and industrial clusters once the closest connection points to them are identified.
“This is the action that my team and I are convinced is necessary to connect supply with demand. We want to supply power, but everybody must help us by letting us know where they are, especially the big consumers”, he said.
Fashola lauded the recent rise in power generation on the national grid from 5,019mw reached on December 5, 2017 to 5,155mw attained on December 8, 2017.