A baseline survey of the energy needs of four of the major markets in Nigeria, which the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) conducted, has indicated that with 36.27 megawatts (MW) of stable electricity provided to them, economic productivity in the markets could expand and bring more prosperity to about 50,900 shop owners there, OGN reports.
The survey was according to the REA carried out to scientifically identify the actual energy requirements of the markets, and possibly help meet them within its ‘energizing economy’ programme. Collectively, the total energy demand for all 50,900 shops was 36.27MW, with Somolu Printing Community (Lagos) having the highest demand of 32MW and Sura Shopping Complex (Lagos) having the lowest demand with 0.83MW, while Ariaria (Aba) and Sabon Gari (Kano) markets required 2.06MW and 1.36MW respectively.
On the appropriate energy generation sources for the markets, it suggested: “Ariaria Market Community: 5MW gas-fired power plant running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Somolu Printing Community in Lagos State: 5MW Natural Gas fired power plant. Sabon Gari Market in Kano State: 1MW decentralized solar solution using high capacity solar home systems. Sura Shopping Complex: connection to power supply from existing power plant located within Lagos Island.”
Source: Energy Mix Report