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Power capacity hits 6000mw as Jonathan commissions FCT substation



President Goodluck Jonathan

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan disclosed yesterday that the nation’s electricity generation capacity has increased to 6000MW just as he commissioned a 330/132/33kv transmission substation in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The substation, executed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP), is meant to boost the wheeling of generated power to FCT and environs.

Jonathan, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, also noted that the transmission infrastructure has increased to 5500mw, meaning that the nation is able to wheel much of the generated electricity, depending on the availability of gas.

According to him, the second phase of NIPPs through the hydropower plants would generate up to 4,000mw and step up wheeling capacity to 20,000mw. There are the large hyrdos and the 13 existing medium hydro dams, mostly in the northern part of the country.

The President also noted that his government had worked tirelessly to improve power in the country, stressing that posterity will judge his work positively. He noted that NIPP would soon enter its second phase, while assuring that the project would focus on the construction of hydropower plants, especially in the north.

Jonathan also spoke of efforts to diversify Nigeria’s energy sources in the power sector, stating: “We are confident that posterity will place us on the good side of history. All the projects undertaken under NIPP were professionally advised and executed in the interest of our great country.”

Of the FCT project, he noted: “Gwagwalada substation will evacuate power from ‎434mw Geregu II NIPP plant to the FCT through the 222.6kms 330kV double circuit line from Ajaokuta in Kogi State; there is a final 30km 330kV double circuit line terminating at the Shiroro (Niger State) and Katampe (Abuja) 330kV DC lines.

“Since the completion of these works, the FCT and indeed the national grid have experienced remarkable system stability, especially during system disturbances that have in the past resulted in total system collapse.”

Also speaking, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, stressed: “We are pleading with those vandalising our gas pipelines to give Nigeria a chance to enjoy what this administration has done. Today we have 6,000mw generation capacity, if there is gas, and we can evacuate up to 5,500mw.”

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  • Peter Irene

    Capacity without capability? No electricity. Period.

  • psammy

    Power Capacity hits 6000mW but generated is less than 3ooomW, any progress for all these years at all, some times in 2007 our power capacity was close to 7000mW.

    • real

      I disagree. we were never close to that. At all.

      • psammy

        why disagree what you know nothing about with someone you dont even know, go to google and search, as at 2007, Egbin has a capacity of almost 1500mW, and kanji close to that, just those two is almost 3000mW, though i can tell what their capacities are today because i am no longer close to the power sector like i used to, the shiroro was another with good capacity, plus other smaller thermal plants here and there, even if they were not up to 7000mW, they were combined well over 5000mW, how come after almost 10years to this time we are still dancing around 7000mW, and generating less than 4000mW. It’s shame on our part as a nation and not just the government.

        • real

          If we had 7000mW as you claimed, it can not degenerate that quickly. You also need to differentiate between capacity and generation.

  • Taju Olaniyi

    Using grammar to deceive use, what is Capacity & Generation.

  • Joseph

    What we need is an improved power supply in the country. we are tired of blackout.

  • emmanuel kalu

    why would the minister of power be pleading with vandals not to destroy our infrastructure. he should be laying down plans to stop this vandals, punish those responsible and make plans to use alternate means to supply gas to the generation companies. why aren’t we trucking this gas to the generation companies until we solve the vandals problem. why aren’t we asking this generation companies to have 4 month of gas storage facility on site. why aren’t we asking the discos to meter their costumer at a certain time.

  • charles mikel

    That is why I keep wondering why Igbo’s ever voted for goodluck. How come none of these power stations were located in south east. But science will catch up with all these discrimination against the Igbo’s. Because soon one can generate and store solar power and than gigantic so called power stations will be useless.