The Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) has recorded a five days stable power supply of 4,143.87Megawatts from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
According to Power Statistics posted at the Ministry of Power’s website yesterday, the quantum of power that the company sent out on December 28 remained unchanged till January 2.
During the period under review, power generation also remained unchanged at 4,241.39Mw, while peak energy generation remained unchanged at 4,553.2Mw.
Meanwhile, out of the 4,241.39Mw generated, TCN was only able to evacuate 4,143.87Mw leaving 97.52Mw stranded in the network.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (former Governor of Lagos State 2007-2015) said TCN lacked the capacity to evacuate the total power that the generation companies (GenCos) produced to the distribution companies (DisCos).
We intend to strengthen this part of our responsibility so that we can hold the GenCos and DisCos to their contracts with the citizens.We must play our own role of providing gas and expanding the transmission network.”
Fashola maintained that government is budgeting to carry power from GenCos to the DisCos, Saying:
We have identified a total of 142 projects of which 45 are at 50 per cent level of completion and about 22 can be completed within a year.
The budget estimates are known and we intend to aggressively pursue completion to increase the carrying capacity from the GenCos to the DisCos.
From there, we must expand the carrying capacity to run ahead of the generating capacity so that in future, there will always be capacity to carry whatever power is generated,” he stated.