Power generation peaks at 3,300 megawatts

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008              

Power generation peaks at 3,300 megawatts
By Yakubu Lawal

MOVES to ensure better power supply in the country appear to have received a boost as indications emerged yesterday that electricity generation has peaked at 3,300 megawatts since last week.

General Manager, Public Affairs of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Mrs. Efuru Igbo, who confirmed this to The Guardian at the weekend said power supply has generally increased compared to the situation some months back.

Before now, power generation had been hovering at between 1,800MW and 2,400MW.

According to statistics obtained by The Guardian , power generation from the hydro stations has increased following improvement in water level at the Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro dams respectively.

Igbo said that the introduction of 12 hourly power rotation across the country had also helped to boost power availability in the country.

She said the absence of a strong co-ordinating unit in the past was responsible for poor power management in the country, adding that with the new transition board now in place since last month, the organisation was more properly focused.

She added that there was no clear-cut reporting line in the organisation the present board assumed office in July.

According to her, the reform process in the power sector was an on-going component of the President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua administration’s seven-point agenda, the current board was out to drive the reform agenda and not reverse what had been done.

She said that efforts were on to address the electricity supply problem, adding that with time and commitment demonstrated by the government, all factors militating against power supply would be addressed.

The Federal government last week signed a power pact with a team of German firms to generate over 6,000 MW between now and 2013.

Besides, the oil firms, under the aegis of Oil Producers Trade Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry have said plans were on going to inject 6,500MW into the grid system before 2010.

Chairman of the group Mr. Basil Omiyi, told media executives at an interactive session in Lagos that the power project would also help to address gas flaring in the country.

Omiyi who is also the Chairman Shell Companies in Nigeria, explained that all the major oil producing companies including Shell, Agip, ExxonMobil and Chevron Elf were putting together one power project or the other towards the achievement of this set goal.

The power stations to be upgraded include the Lagos thermal station Egbin, near Lagos (1,320MW); Afam Thermal power station, (969.6MW); Sapele Thermal Power station, (1,020MW); Delta thermal power station, (912MW); Ijora Thermal Power station, Lagos, (40MW),Kainji Hydro Power station, Niger State (760MW), Jebba Hydro Power station, (578.4MW) and Shiroro Hydro Power station, (600MW) thereby bring the total capacity to 6,200MW.

Others are Geregu Thermal Power station, Kogi State (414MW); Omotosho Thermal Power station; Ondo State, (335MW); Papalanto thermal Power station, Ogun State, (335MW) and Alaoji Thermal Power station, Abia State, (505MW), among others.

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