The total volume of unused electricity from Nigeria’s national grid will rise by 2,130 megawatts (MW), to add to an existing 2000MW idle volumes that power distribution companies (Discos) are unable to take to homes and offices in the country, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has disclosed.
Fashola, who stated this at a media briefing in Abuja, disclosed that between now and 2019, the country’s unused electricity volume will increase to 4,130MW, an equivalent of what the 11 Discos are currently supplied to distribute across the country.
He explained the additional volumes would come from 455MW Azura-Edo plant; 215MW Kaduna plant; 240MW Afam III Fast Power; 40MW Kashimbilla hydro plant in 2018, while in 2019, the 700MW Zungeru hydro plant; and 480MW Okpai II power plant would come on stream to complete the equation. He also stated that the capacity of the country’s transmission network had grown between 2015 and 2017 at an average of 1,062MW.
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