The Nigerian government has inaugurated a 14-man task force to push through its electricity generation targets of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by the end of September and 6,000MW by the year end.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, who announced this in a statement in Abuja said that this could be achieved by recovering certain stranded quantities of power into the system.
It explained that peak capacity generation of 4,800MW was achieved few weeks ago by the power sector on account of its stringent regulatory measures and the cooperation of industry operators in response to the federal government’s renewed commitment to improve power supply.
It noted that the 14-man industry-wide taskforce would ensure the recovery of the stranded 1,800MW within the network as part of its terms of reference.
According to the statement, the team will articulate measures for effective delivery of the stranded power to consumers as well as initiate actions to continuously ramp up generation.
“We are witnessing increase of gas supply to power plants. This has resulted in the historic 4800MW generation a few weeks ago.
“From the report of the System Operator, it is clear that we could have reached 5,000MW if we did not have load rejection by distribution companies and some frequency control issues as gas supply improved,” the statement quoted Amadi as saying.
The task force is headed by NERC’s Commissioner for Engineering Standards and Safety, Dr. Abba Ibrahim, with representations from National Control Centre/System Operator, Transmission System Provider, Market Operator, National Integrated Power Projects, and a representative each of distribution and generation companies.