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NERC Assures Nigerians of Quick Resolution to Power Challenges

By Fred Shaka-Braimah

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, says it is doing all within its powers to resolve the current challenges in the power sector.

Its Chairman, Sanusi Garba, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum with news men in Lagos.

Mr Garba noted that part of the strategies to improve power supply was to ensure constant availability of gas to the power plants .

“The calabar power plant has been impacted by some works which will provide 455 megawatts of electricity to the grid” Also Afam six, owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC and the NNPC which was earlier constrained by gas from the Okloma gas plant, is being revived”.

“I think what is important to Nigerians is how to come out from the current power challenges and to improve on power supply”, he said.

Mr Garba further announced that said the Okpai gas plant in Delta state is back on stream.

And as for generation, he said that the Niger Delta Power Holding Company has secured gas from the Nigeria gas market and has been granted approval by the regulatory agency to power the 8 power plants in other to boost distribution.

The NERC boss listed other measures being taken by the commission to overhaul the entire value chain of generation, distribution and transmission network for enhanced service delivery.

“A lot has been done to boost supply in addition to other investments happening in the entire value chain, he said”.

The forum, which had early taken place in Abuja, had in attendance chief Executive Officers of the discos, gencos and transmission companies across the country as well as the Niger Delta power holding company, operators of the National integrated power projects, NIPP.

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