Nigeria's power demand now at 180,000MW as Gencos hover around 5,375


Key stakeholders and the private sector (OPS), have decreed the inability of all power reforms and Executive orders of the Federal Government to do the necessary in the nation's economy and manufacturing sector in particular.
OPS latest statistics on national electricity demand show Nigeria as at 2019, is in need of 180,000 megawatts (MW), but the verifiable most stable peak ever had the Transmission Company of Nigeria's (TCN) attainment of 5,375 megawatts.
A report by the manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), had reported that production ventures spend well over N250bn on generators on all the assurances of the present administration that power will improve.
However, a fresh presentation by the General Manager, Public Affairs of TCN, Ndidi Mbah, claims that the current capacity of Electricity Generation Companies (Gencos) had peaked at 7,450MW.
TCN also claimed that "Further expansion was expected because of planned expansion at Egbin plant".
"The capacity of Transmission based on the simulation of December 2018 is 8,100MW. Since the last simulation, several transformers have been added to transmission. With the new combined peak, distribution companies have also increased capacity. However, more work is needed on the distribution capabilities for the sector to fully stabilize.
"TCN has continued to evolve critical transmission infrastructure nationwide with the commissioning of over 40 power transformers and lines in the last two years, building of seven new sub-stations, diligently pursuing its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program which is encapsulated in its 20- year transmission expansion plan.
She added that TCN's wheeling capacity had increased from 5,000 in 2016 to 7,124MW in 2017 and 8100MW in 2018, but was economically efficient.


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