Nigeria Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has disclosed plans on how the stranded 2,000MW of power is to be utilized by consumers. He noted that the 2,000MW power currently available but cannot be distributed to consumers is due to the limitations in the network of the distribution companies.
Mr Fashola, in a document released, stated emphatically that plans are currently being made to expand the networks of the distribution companies to accommodate incremental power. He also made a call to manufacturers and industries that are interested in making use of this stranded power to notify the ministry. Fashola said;
“I also use the opportunity to call out to manufacturers to let us know where they are, how much power they need, and how we can connect you because we have 2000 MW of undistributed power. We should work harder to increase our people’s access to meters and reduce the incidents of estimated billing as NERC concludes the Meter Regulations that will open up the meters supply and installation business.”
Fashola speaking on the 3rd and 4th January, 2018 National grid failure, he said;
“We suffered a setback to our power supply, which was caused by damage to the gas supply network around Okada. First, I want to repeat that gas is the fuel that most of the generation companies use to produce electricity and all of us have a stake in ensuring that they are not damaged. “Secondly, I am happy to inform Nigerians that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has informed us that repairs have been completed.
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The Minister also reiterated the present administration’s quest for incremental power, assuring consumers of an increase in power supply across the country.
“we are on the right path and inspire us to continue with more belief. Those milestones are represented by the generated power that has gone up to 7000 MW in 2017 from 3,000 MW in May 2015; transmission capacity at 6900MW in 2017 from about 5,000 MW in May 2015; and peak distribution now averaging 5,000 MW in 2017 from 2,690MW in 2015.”
Furthermore, appreciations were made to all the stakeholders at the meeting for their contributions towards the incremental power plans of the government. He said;
“The reason I thank you is because you are impacting the lives of Nigerians, you are saving them money and changing their lifestyles for the better. They tell me that their consumption of diesel and petrol to run generators for power has reduced and the hours they run their generators has gradually reduced. This is the result of incremental power and we must get more of it. They also tell me that they are now monitoring how they use power and are turning off appliances that are not needed. Although this is meant to save costs, it also conserves energy, reduces waste and supports incremental power.”