Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) has said that electricity generation in the country dropped from 4,502 megawatt in December 2012 to 4,167.8mw in March this year.
A statement by the task force on Tuesday in Abuja explained that the 4,286mw generated in January this year resulted to serious irregular electricity supply across the country.
The statement quotes the Chairman of PTFP, Mr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, as saying that the trend of blackouts was linked to the fact that Nigeria’s current available peak could not satisfy the demands of its population of 160 million people.
Dagogo-Jack said that current generation, transmission and distribution capacity of the country was simply not enough for its population, hence the blackouts.
He, however, noted that planned and ongoing electricity projects at both the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs), aimed at alleviating much of the constraints on the national grid, are expected to come within the third quarter of 2013.
“Let’s face it, with our population of over 160 million people living in over 25 million households; the current available peak power is just a tiny drop in the ocean. This is why we are having the blackouts.
“The load shedding, which is increasing lately has its origins in the fact that once consumers witnessed increasing supply and reliability, previously suppressed or migrated demand started returning to the grid. People who used to only put one air-conditioning unit at their homes when using their small generators now put on all units at home,” Dagogo-Jack said.
Source African Press Agency
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