Power Supply Now 4,237 MegaWatts



 Minister of Power Prof. Bart Nnaji has announced that power supply has reached its highest capacity of 4, 237MegaWatts in the country. The Minister, who revealed this on Tuesday, attributed the increase to gas availability by the Nigeria Gas Company, NGC and efforts by the Ministry of Petroleum for supplying gas to thermal plants. In a statement signed by the minister’s Special Adviser on Media, Ogbuagu Anikwe, he said that Gas is coming up gradually and when fully stabilized, we can easily hit 5,000MW.” Prof. Nnaji added that although water levels have improved at the dams, hydro power plant managers at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro are operating a management system designed to ensure that there is water for power all year round. The Minister also expressed satisfaction that the transmission backbone has been able to wheel the power produced effortlessly. Power generation was about 2, 800MW when President Goodluck Jonathan assumed office in May, 2010, but the figure increased by 1,000MW within one year, mostly through recoveries from existing plant capacities.

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