Federal Government Planning a Minimum Base Line Power Supply of 4,500MW by 2018

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The federal government has said in the new Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) it developed with the World Bank, that starting from 2018, it hopes to ensure that the minimum amount of electricity that would be generated and supplied to homes and offices across Nigeria everyday would not be less than 4,500 megawatts (MW), THISDAY reports.

In a copy of the detailed plan it said: “Under the programme, the minimum baseline power supply of 4500MW will be guaranteed and distributed daily from 2018.” To accomplish this, the government explained in the document that key actions would be implemented, including completing select power plants, transmission and distribution systems that are under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs) by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd (NDPHC).

It equally added that: “The performance of distribution companies will also be improved by, among other strategies like customer enumeration, ensuring their financial restructuring and recapitalisation, establishing a metering programme, implementing credible business continuity plans and expanding the distribution networks.”

To ensure that fuel to power generation plants to sustain this minimum generation plan was available, the government noted that it would, “project manage the delivery of key gas pipeline infrastructure including the OB-OB pipeline, in order to ensure that gas is readily available where it is needed.”

Other measures it said it would take to meet up with the baseline supply plan include a phased activation of the power purchase agreements (PPAs) and gas supply agreements (GSAs) that have been signed in the sector, as well as full activation of the vesting contracts the electricity distribution companies (Discos) signed with the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET).

Source: Energy Mix Report

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