In an effort to ensure steady power supply in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Power has said that additional 1,129 megawatts (MW) could be added to the national grid by next year 2018.
Making this known recently at the 22nd monthly meeting of stakeholders in the power sector, at Geregu, in Kogi State, the Minister for Power, Babatunde Fashola, said that the additional megawatts (MW) would be added to the current 7,000 when ongoing projects were completed by next year.
According to him “The Azura power plant will give us another 450MW; I know that we will also get 10MW of wind power from Katsina State. I know that we will get 115MW from Gbari and 30MW from Kashimbila.
“From Afam III, we will get 240MW of power in 2018, while Gurara is working to deliver 30MW, as Dadinkowa in Gombe will provide 29MM and Kaduna will generate 215 MW. All these power plants do not involve the mini-grids and solar systems that are coming,” he said.
The minister lamented that despite the generation of the current 7, 000MW in the country, 2, 000MW of the total power was not being distributed to Nigerians, saying that it is very imperative to devise the means of ensuring that the unutilised megawatts were distributed to Nigerians. He stressed that there was no basis for keeping power from those who needed it as such act is not good for business.