The Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC) Executive Secretary, Joy Ogaji, has blamed the woes of the power sector on the weak transmision infrastructure of electricity distribution companies (DisCos) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), The Nationreports.
In a telephone interview at the weekend, Ogaji said the GenCos have installed capacity of about 12, 500megawatts (Mw) that is not being used while the transmission capacity is put at 5,500Mw noting there is a great difference. She said: “If there are blackouts in parts of the country, then it is not from our station; it is not due to generation fall, we are generating enough and we have enough capacity.”
“So, I have the power and there is no transporter to transport it, and when you check the capacity of DisCos, they have only 4,600Mw capacity, and you have a producer who is producing up to 12,500Mw but the people to take it can only transport 5,500Mw. Then the retailers who take it to Nigerians can only take 4,600Mw.”
She said some people may be sabotaging the power sector but argued that if the sector is critically looked at, the DisCos don’t have the capacity to take the power that is being generated and the TCN does not have the network to transmit the power that is generated.