Saturday, January 21, 2017

Nigeria is Now "Notionally" Generating 7000 MW of Electricity - Fashola

Nigeria's Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stated that the country's power generating capacity has hit 7,000 MW.

In a statement by his media aide, Hakeem Bello, Fashola stated that Nigeria's power grid can now support 6,500 MW, not 5000 MW as generally believed.

Mr. Fashola said this while speaking at the January edition of the Nextier Power Dialogue held at the Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja.

“You hear us announcing that we commissioned one transmission project or the other, you see me going round for these commissioning; that is the Grid evolving. Today, at its most frugal, it would support 6,500MW; pushed to its limit it would carry 7,200MW.

“So it is not true when you hear that the Grid capacity is not more than 5,000MW. It is growing every day and more projects are coming up.

We have completed some and more are still coming up. So that is where we are.”

“Now it means that notionally, if we had those 3,000MW plus 4,000MW we were already at 7,000MW. But we would not have it because some of our family members are angry,” he said referring to militants.

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