Poor Electricity Distribution Infrastructure Threatens NERC’s 6,000MW Target

Poor electricity distribution facilities across the country may jeopardise plan by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to see on-grid electricity generation hit 6, 000 megawatts by the end of 2015, the regulatory agency has revealed.

NERC said that preliminary report of the technical committee it recently set up to drive the realisation of the target indicated that the extent of infrastructure deterioration in the distribution network might have been underestimated.

It explained that the market still experiences huge load rejection and shedding as a result of the development, adding that new measures would have to be devised to overcome such massive distribution infrastructure decline.

Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi told THISDAY in Abuja that the position of the agency stemmed from the preliminary works of the committee he set up some weeks back to help reclaim and transmit stranded electricity generation capacities into the national grid.

When asked about the feasibility of the December 6,000MW generation and distribution target, Amadi said: “It is feasible depending on how quickly we can turn around the network of the distribution and transmission company.”

“Maybe we get to succeed in this target. Don’t forget that this is my own ambitious target not a target set in MYTO for the market. Why am I setting this target? I will like us to crown the tenure on a high. We all like to succeed. It is miserable that we have for 16 years set a target of 6,000MW and never got it. I will be sad if we miss it. I will be very happy to have the Commission finish its first tenure on 6,000MW. It is like breaking the jinx so that we can aim at 10,000 and 20,000MW. If we don’t get to 6,000MW under Buhari’s new paradigm of discipline and anticorruption then how can we be sure of getting 10,000MW soon? We have to work hard,” Amadi explained.

Thisday

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