The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Thursday issued new licenses to eight companies with a combined capacity to generate and distribute 1,648.25 megawatts (MW) of electricity in various locations in the country.
The licences, which include on-grid, off-grid, embedded generation and distribution of electricity, fall into three categories, namely embedded generation (55MW), two off –grid generation (525 MW), and six on-grid generation (1,588 MW).
The distribution of the licenses showed that one was for power distribution services, with six gas-fired electricity generation licences for a combined electricity capacity of 1,348MW, and three solar power generations licenses for a combined capacity of 300MW.
The licensee for Ossiomo Offsites and Utilities/Ossiomo Power & Infrastructure based in Edo state would engage in embedded generation and distribution of 55 MW of gas power electricity.
The Anambra state Independent Power Generation Company Limited, located in Onitsha, got license to operate an on-grid gas-fired plant with capacity to generate about 528 MW of electricity.
Cummins Power Generation Nigeria Limited (NBC), Ikeja, with a capacity to generate about 3.5 MW of off-grid electricity, was awarded the licence for a 1.7MW of electricity to serve A&P Foods in Agege, Lagos.
NERC also issued an on-grid licence to Sinosun Investment Limited, based in Jibiya, Kastina state, with capacity to generate 100 MW of solar power, while LR-Aaron Power Limited, located in Gwagwalada, Abuja, was licenced for the generation of 100MW of solar-powered electricity.
Also, licensed was Lafarge Africa Plc for an on-grid, gas-fired 260 MW electricity generation and distribution in Ewekoro, Ogun state, while Azikel Power Limited, got the license for the generation of on–grid electricity from a 500MW capacity power plant, located in Obunagha in Bayelsa state.
The other firms that got licenses are Middle Band Solar One Limited from Kogi State, for an on-grid licence to generate 100MW of electricity.