Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president, has commissioned a 1.5Megawatt independent power project at the Sura shopping complex in Lagos, in a bid to solve the problem of insufficient power in the nation’s private sector. Osibanjo said the project, which has the full support of the Federal Government through its energising economic initiatives, is a way to empower the small and medium business enterprises in the country.
Osibanjo noted that the best way to fuel the small and medium scale businesses was to give them facilities like funds which the government’s Market Money initiative is tackling as well as providing power.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said the mini grid policy by the federal government that birthed the off grid project was a way to democratise access to power and for the people to make their choices of connection
We’re being forced to reduce generation – Power firms – Punch
Gencos, through its Executive Secretary, Dr Joy Ogaji, have said their power plants are being forced to operate below their optimal capacity levels. She said, “Specifically, generation companies are pinned down by some operational impediments. The frequency of instructions to either increase load or decrease load (ramp up and ramp down) and, in some cases, shut down, has induced damaging stresses to the components of the machines.
The nation’s total power generation has been hovering between 3,000 megawatts and 3,500MW in recent months. It stood at 3,741.30MW as of 6am on Sunday, according to the Nigeria Electricity System Operator.
“These instructions, reflective of the grid behaviour, are subjecting key electrical components of the power plants to operational stresses. Our available generation has always been steady between 7,500MW and 8,000MW; you can check the records at the National Control Centre, Osogbo.”
According to Ogaji, the generation plants are now being used as regulating power reserve by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, via its subsidiary, the System Operator/NCC, to stabilise the national grid.