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10,000MW: Expert Tasks FG On Stable Transmission Facility

Posted: Mar 28, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Mr. Yomi Kolawole, an expert in the power sector, has urged the Federal Government to ensure stable transmission infrastructure before expanding the national electricity generation capacity to 10,000 megawatts.

Kolawole, who is the Managing Director of Topean Energy Solution Ltd, gave the advice while fielding questions with newsmen in Lagos.

He said that building on weak transmission infrastructure would result in total collapse or destruction of the whole structure.

The company boss said that currently the country’s power generation oscillated between 1,500 megawatts and 5,000 megawatts, adding that most of the generated power could not be evacuated due to weak transmission lines.

“Government should first ramp up generation from the present low of above 1,000MW to about 5,000 MW and stabilise the generation at 5,000MW first.

“Then, this should be gradually increased to the desired generation over time with definite and scalable quantity added annually.

“At the same time, they should strengthen the transmission wheeling capacity to be able to evacuate the generated power seamlessly.

“If this is done, the generation will increase and also we are going to have a strong transmission network that will be able to evacuate all that is generated,” Kolawole said.

It would be recalled that on March 21, President Muhammadu Buhari said that his administration would ensure steady power supply before the expiration of his tenure through the provision of additional 10,000 megawatts.

The president gave the assurance recently at the National Economic Retreat held in Abuja.