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NERC Targets 5,500mw By July

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•  As Pipeline Vandalism Abates

By Obas Esiedesa,  Abuja

 

Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi said that power generation may peak above 5,500mega watt by the end of next month if on-going repairs on gas supply pipelines are completed.

He said the commission has received assurances from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that improvements on gas supply are coming up.

NERC Chairman, Sam Amadi

NERC Chairman, Sam Amadi

Amadi, who made the disclosure during a meeting with European Union delegation in Abuja on Thursday, said a lot work has been done to contain the frequent vandalism of gas pipelines.

He told the delegation that “much of the vandalisms are in the gas side. The gas problem is getting better. We had meeting with the Group Executive Director of gas at NNPC and he told us of improvements coming up. We hope that by the end of July, with the repair work going on, we might be able to do maybe above 5,500mw.

“The assurance we have is the East-West Gas Pipeline is projected for completion sometime towards the end of 2016.  The idea is that we should be able to do slightly above 6000mw. The problem is that it depends also on increase in capacity. If we get the NIPP plants in, we are looking that 4,700mw. If we add this to the distribution companies, we can go above 9,000mw.  Right now, we don’t have enough gas to do above that.

“They are looking at 2016-2017. With the gas that will come from the new and existing pipelines, the operators think that we can get enough to get us the available capacity that we have, and the recoverable capacity that the generators would have”.

He expressed the hope that the new government would do more to curb vandalism, adding that the “reports we have from them is that there is containment and vandalism has dropped as well”.