Nigeria's electricity generation hits 6,911mw

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has announced that the power generation in the country has hit 6,911 megawatts.

The Minister stated this yesterday in Abuja at a Summit on “Energy Options in a Low-Cost and Low Carbon World: Which Way Nigeria and Africa”, organized by Africa Today Magazine.

In his speech delivered by the Minister of State for Power, Engr. Suleiman Hassan, the Minister said: “Our roadmap is to get incremental power because we do not have enough, make that steady, because that is what consumers want, and aim toward uninterruptedpower through conservation, elimination of waste and use of technology.

“We are currently at the Incremental Power stage of our roadmap, and megawatts are useful to demarcate milestones by showing that we started at a base of 2,069 MW in May 2015 which has increased to 6,911 MW in September 2017.

“As recently as September 2017 we recovered and restored 100 MW to the grid from the Afam power station IV which had been out of commission since January 2015 due to a burnt transformer.

“Most of the power, until recently has been from gas fired turbines, and this is where I will proceed to address the OUTLOOK for Nigeria and opportunities for Renewable Energy in a low cost and low carbon world; as requested by Africa Today.

He stated that the projections about Nigeria generating 10, 20 to 40 megawatts of electricity failed because generation was not explained scientifically.

He said: “If you look at news reports in 1999, 2007, 2010 and 2011, in the first few months of the emergence of a new administration at our Federal Government level, you will see different statements of commitments to produce certain Megawatts of power ranging from 10, 20, to 40 thousand megawatts by a certain date.

“None of those targets was met; but that is not the problem. The problem is that the scientific basis for deciding those targets was not explained.

“I also know that what consumers want (and I am a consumer), is predictable energy when they need it.

“Therefore, this time, we are not talking Megawatts, we are addressing a journey.”

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