SHOCKING: Why Nigerians can’t receive more than 4,600MW of electricity no matter volume generated – Official

Power Lines [Photo: energymixreport.com]
Power Lines [Photo: energymixreport.com]

The Association of Power Generation Companies, APGC, Thursday, said it has the capacity to generate 12,000 MW to reduce the electricity needs of Nigerians.

Joy Ogaji, the Executive Secretary of the association said the generation companies have an installed capacity that could provide 12,500 MW of electricity to Nigerians.

‎“Then they have an available capacity of 8,000 MW. Out of that 8 ,000 MW, Transmission Company or the transporter that can take this power from us to give to the distribution has a capacity of maximum 5,500 , which is what they claim, but we believe they can ’t take more than 4,500.

“A system stress test that was conducted on the distribution lines shows that the distribution companies (DISCOs ), can take a maximum of 4,600 MW.

“With the available capacity , I have 8 ,000 MW if I say okay, come and take no one can take ’’.

On current reduction in power generation despite its capacity to produce more , NAN reports that Ms. Ogaji noted that paucity of funds hindered GENCOs from procuring gas to fire their power plants.

“For now we don ’t have vandalism problem but inability to pay for gas. How do we pay for the gas (when) my people were paid a week ago for the electricity generated in January.

“And when they put 100 percent on the grid , maximally they have been paid 30 percent , of the money this is one of the issues,” she said.

“As we speak, the sector owes the generation companies about N600 billion, unpaid for power that have been generated and consumed already, about N 600 billion.”

Ms. Ogaji, who noted that GENCOs were ready to advance power generation in the country, also said it was important to overhaul the transmission and distribution networks in the country to facilitate the supply of more electricity to Nigerians.

Commenting further on the funds the Nigerian government promised to make available, Ms. Ogaji lamented that the funds have not been released.

“Now Federal Government came to announce on March 1 , that they are bringing N 701 billiom for the generation companies,” she noted.

“Where is this money… that N 701 billion where is the money; we have written to government, please show us where this money is.”


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  • Abdullah Musa

    There is too much deception in this issue of electricity supply and distribution.

    • power generation

      The present government should end the blame game and go into the business of infrastructural development. The last government expanded the power generation capacity then this government in power should sit down and expand the transmission and distribution aspect so that all generated power can be evacuated to the consumer. Please note that we need good engineers as minister to deliver on this not any good humble politician.

      • persona

        You started with, end the blame game, you ended up blaming also.
        The issue is this, why were equipment held up for several years at the ports and it took the present minister’s intervention to have them released?
        Why is it that in seeking an integrated solution, we have been building generation and not transmission? Didn’t we engage Manitoba with the claim that all will be well by the last administration? We are all concerned about the power situation and until we all are ready to demand a proper audit and then chart our way forward, we will all and collectively suffer for it.

  • Sanssouci

    Not the first time we hear about this transmission capacity, when the pipeline vandals were at work blowing up installations nonstop, a very learned industry insider said that as horrible as that was and it definetely must be stopped, but even if it did it still wouldn’t increase our light quality because transmission is the limiting factor, not the supply of gas . My advice to Fashola concentrate just on that, you must at least lay down the foundation/blueprint of a new or overhauled transmission system with commensurate capacity or else your four years would have been spent speaking english and no different from what Anyone has done since advent of democracy in 1999

  • paul irumundomon

    Why are you all lieing, you can produce enough power to nigerians, only that the supply chain and the money owned you by consumers. Big big lie, why charge people on what they don’t consume everywhere in Nigeria, you left that one out? Or just same old way, the Nigerian culture of deceptions, and all ways of accepted lies.
    I spent 20,000 naira a week, to generate my office power, just office not my home, I keep two generators, to keep my business moving. I pay nepa or what ever name they call you people 30,000 a month, when I barely use your light. Why not speak the truth, you lack what it takes to produce light for all nigerians, period.
    If the problems are districuction, why kept it till today. Stop lieing, we are all tired of this kind of dumb lies. You just does not have what it takes to run, a company as big as nepa, we probably got our freedom from the notorious british, too early. What we are good at, is fraud at best, followered by lies, perfectly begining from at 75 years and up.

    • Adedeji Adesanya Samuel

      @Paul, you and I, like other average consumers, have no business with GENCOs or the Transmission company. Our direct point of contact are the DISCOs. The purpose of the power reforms was basically to unbundle the moribund PHCH. It’s now a division of labour but the least functional sector is the transmission sector. It was foolhardy of the government to have gone ahead with the reforms without guaranteeing fresh investments in transmission capacity in my opinion. Now we have to hope this leads to massive renewal in transmission infrastructure, else this government will also be regarded as a failure like previous ones in the area of power.

      • Malik Isah

        thank you ojare. many people making comments here no even get sense to know anything

      • Charles Eweka

        I like your insight.
        Simple short and medium term solution to solve the problems of power supply to consumers is for federal government to get foreign investors like Siemens, GEC, China etc to carry out massive installation of solar power systems in ALL domestic and small/medium scale commercial outfits across the country, with adequate metering to ensure collection of revenue. The NERC will work out the sharing formula of the revenue between the investors and DISCOs.
        With this done, the power transmission grid will be free to allow industrial and large consumers take sufficient power.
        Government can then sit and plan phased expansion and upgrade of the transmission grid.
        That’s my simple solution.

    • Galantman

      Poul. Take it easy please. Is not rocket science, the system cannot transmit the power generated. And there are different entities for generation and distribution.
      What we need is a synergy between the power generating plants, government and the transmission companies.
      Government need to declare an emergency in the sector and divert some funds to finance massive investment in transmission.
      The snag is once you declare the emergency and release funds, hawks may start stealing the money

      • Irumundomon

        Nigeria is a pathetic nation, is very unlikely anything different will change from previous govt.

  • Watch man

    As a corrupt and talking nation, over $20 billion has been spent, wasted or stolen on electric power since 1999. The authorities are very much aware of the problem of power generation/transmission/distribution. What came out of the Elumelu probe? Nothing! The root cause is corrupt interests entrenched in the power sector.
    SOLUTION: 1) EFCC should beam her searchlight to this sector and uproot the weeds therein, if they will.
    2) Round pegs should be put in round holes in appointing the people who would manage the industry. Assigning three strategic ministries to one man to manage is not good enough. This should be revisited
    3) Community surveillance groups should be created to help in fishing out the criminal vandals in our midst

  • T-Rex

    I already knew this! With the obsolete transformers and expired cables we have over our heads,any attempt to push in more MW into the grid for a long duration will result in a disaster.

  • Austin Uduogu

    What kind of journalistic language was used in this report? I couldn’t make any sense out of it. If the interviewee’s English was that poor, why couldn’t the reporter paraphrase properly? What a shameful waste of my time with a loud and empty report title!

    • persona

      I have watched the lady speak on TV, she’s terrible as a spokesperson.
      When asked why they are not producing the said capacity, she changes it to paucity of funds again. There are several states doing IPP projects, how come the GENCOs are not selling power directly to them? There is more to verify by PT rather than make it headline as shocking.

  • Malik

    Na who use N600 billion worth of power, who?
    Useless people with their estimation bills despite nonavailability of power all the time.
    #Rubbish

  • North/West Allies

    I have always said it that Nigeria problem is not generation of electricity, our main problem is the distribution. the DISCOs should invest more on distribution of electricity, set up security to watch vandals

  • Deansmart

    The privatisation of power under PDP government was a fraud, most of the companies don’t have what it take to own to be in power sectors most of them are just politicians without technical or financial capacities, all this government are doing is just patching up and it will never worked unless the present government revoked all the license of all these criminals and comes up with fresh privatization

  • Watch man

    As a corrupt and talking nation, over $20 billion has been spent, wasted or stolen on electric power since 1999. The authorities are very much aware of the problem of power generation/transmission/distribution. What came out of the Elumelu probe? Nothing! The root cause is corrupt interests entrenched in the power sector.
    THE SOLUTION:
    1) EFCC should beam her searchlight to this sector and uproot the weeds therein, if they will.
    2) Round pegs should be put in round holes in appointing the people who would manage the industry. Assigning three strategic ministries to one man to manage is not good enough. This should be revisited
    3) Community surveillance groups should be created to help in fishing out the criminal vandals in our midst
    4) Aggressive revamping of obsolete equipment (eg cables and transformers) should be embarked upon. See what happened yesterday in Cross River where 30 people died as a result of transformer explosion and high tension cable collapse. More of this type of incident could happen if unchecked

  • marcos avelino

    After spending thirty years to add few thousand megawatts that are added by other countries in months we are now on another problem – transmission which costs a lot and no money to be made. Black man is the most retarded in the world. Nigerians may have to wait another fifty years to upgrade their transmission and distribution systems !

  • Apostel

    And my thanks goes to the PDP, for 16 years of ruling the Government.
    Thank you drunkard Jonathan and all the other Idiots of this fantastic
    corrupt PDP who looted all our Government bank accouts; oh, a special
    thank to mama piss, one of the greatest suporter of this famous PDP.

  • Prince C. Eze

    Our PMB in contemplating a cabinet reshuffle which is now critical should energize the power sector by removing the burden of the power portfolio from Mr Fashola and handing it over to individuals such as the two picked for NERC ,one from MIT previously and the current nominee from Howard.There are many such Nigerians scattered all over the world.That said it is certainly not enough to bring the best and brightest into the system only to have them be frustrated by politics or have them taking directives from less qualified people.As a side note why is Dr Ibe Kachikwu not made the substantive Minister of Petroleum or what job is PMB doing as the Minister?This is equally the time,advisably to do it.