Nigeria has capacity to generate 12,000 MW of electricity — Fashola

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Once the current challenges confronting the power sector are fixed, Nigeria will be able to generate 12,000 megawatts of electricity, the Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said on Wednesday.

The minister said in spite of the challenges, the country’s power sector still possessed the capacity to advance its power generation, transmission and distribution potentials through other energy supply sources.

“There are many perspectives to do this. The country has today the capacity to generate at least 12,000 MW. If we fix all what is not working in the industry, including building any new power plant, the country would be generating close to 12,000 MW,” he said.

According to the minister, meeting that target has been difficult because out of over 140 turbines, only about half has been able to get gas to work with.

The nation’s power generating capacity, he said, reached 5,000 MW before the recent spate of vandalism of gas pipelines, adding that the industry was already heading towards another milestone prior to the recent outages as a result of the blow up at the Chevron oil platform.

Mr. Fashola said the repairs of the pipelines would soon be completed to take the industry back to about 3000 MW capacity, adding that his ministry was looking at ways to bypass and evacuate condensates, so that more gas could be supplied and the industry able to generate up to about 3,800 MW.

Lamenting the sabotage of the Chevron Escravos-Lagos pipeline system, Mr. Fashola said the incident took the country’s power generation capacity down to 2,500 MW.

However, he said significant progress was being made to solve the challenge of electricity generation in the country.

On crazy billing by power distribution companies to consumers, the minister advised consumers to demand electricity meters to ensure that they were paying for only what they actually consumed.

He said once consumers get their meters, the new tariff would protect them from being disconnected, since it was the duty of the service provider to prove that the customer used the power.

“That is the incentive government has put in place to protect the citizens so that the DISCOs can increase their metering,’’ he said

Underlining the importance of accelerating gas production in the country, Mr. Fashola said that could be achieved by giving access to private companies involved in the business of gas production.

“Government needs to open up more access. There are companies interested in harnessing and producing gas being flared in the country’s domestic economy.

“These companies are interested in constructive arrangement with joint venture and profit sharing on wells where there is oil production and gas production. Government should give them an opportunity. ”



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  • amazing2012

    Mr minister we all know Nigeris can generate millions of megawatts, that is not important. What we want to hear is you have stated the work to generate the mega watts not “we can”.

    • donMe$$i

      Wai Wai wai wai wai! Amazing2012..kai ne kwa??
      Wanan kworrect comment ne fa!
      Nagode mutumi na!

      • amazing2012

        What ?

  • donMe$$i

    Hahahaha! Story for Foo*ls! Where did he get 2500MWs from??

    PUNCH NEWS May 18, 2016


    The Transmission Company of Nigeria stated that the generated electricity dropped by 1,018.5MW between 6am and 3pm.

    Data from the System Operator showed that the country generated 2,418.5MW of electricity as of 6am. But in a statement by the TCN around 3pm, the firm noted that the total power generation had DROPPED to 1,400MW.

    The Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Mr. Clement Ezeolisah, said in the statement, “The management of the System Operation/Market Operation of the Transmission Company of Nigeria has alerted that electricity generation into the national grid has dropped to 1,400MW as of Tuesday, 17th of May, 2016.

  • Invictus

    Na wa o, fashola has now officially become a lame and talkative minister. No action!

  • Lanre

    WHAT A FANTASTIC LIE! With the TOTAL BLACKOUT we have been experiencing, i doubt if Buhari/Fashola are doing more than 10megawatts at the moment.
    Omo! Hear generators! Gbagbagbagbagba!!!!

  • Xanthos1

    we don’t want to hear story about potential capacity anymore, give us kinetic capacity…..

  • emmanuel kalu

    Talk and more talk all leading to nothing. generating 12000MW doesn’t mean the country would get that. We can only transmit 5000MW without the system breaking down. There are various means of transporting gas from processing plant to other location. why hasn’t the minister looked into transporting gas via trains. why hasn’t the minister mandated generating plant to have gas storage capacity to last at least two month on site.
    There is nothing in the new traffic that would force discos to meter the nation, and it appears the minister and regulator are part of the looting. if you wanted to increase meter installation, you could have mandate that the new traffic would only take effect after each meter has being installed.

    • arewethishopeless

      Infact, the more Fashola opens his mouth the less he talks. The time for him to talk has past. Am sure he has started to notice no one listens to him anymore.

      Let me go top up fuel in my generator jooorrrrr …

  • Abdul T. S.

    Talking non sense without action. . . . . . . .

  • Gbade Akinyooye

    Yes we can generate trillion megawatt. What Nigerians want is drastic action in the power sector, NOW, not in 2035.There are new approach to power revolution that Govt should embrace- Distributed Power Generation through small smart microgrids. Encourage power generation to feed local communities 24/7 through smart microgrid feeders close to them. No power loss in transmission, job creation for the community, power security and reliability. Increase the capacity of these power plants as demand increase. Think of multiple power generators using bios gas, coal, solar solely feeding an industrial park in Aba and the city without any concern about low water level in Kainji, pipeline vandalization in Warri etc. That is the way forward. Talk is cheap. We have not started yet. Nigerians – say No to power by 2035, say YES to Power NOW.