The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has said about 1,129 megawatts (mw) of electricity will be added to the national grid when eight power plants are commissioned in 2018.
According to him, 30mw from Gurara in Kaduna, 10mw from Katsina wind power, 240mw from Afam III in Rivers and 115mw from Gbarain NIPP in Bayelsa State.
Others expected to be commissioned include 450mw from Azura Power in Edo, 215mw from Kaduna plant, 40mw from Kashimbilla in Taraba and 29mw from Dadin Kowa in Gombe State.
Fashola, who stated this at the 22nd power sector meeting at Geregu Power Plc in Kogi State, yesterday, said there was need to evacuate the currently constrained 2,000mw before the new capacity comes to the grid.
He said “We cannot afford to keep all these power without selling them; that is not good for the business and for those who have invested in them,” Fashola noted.
He also said Nigeria attained the highest peak generation of 5,155mw last Friday, above the 5,074mw attained in February 2016 due to improvements in gas supply to GenCos with the Federal Government’s N701 billion Payment Assurance Guarantee (PAG) that enabled GenCos to promptly pay for gas and other services.