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Nigeria on course to restore electricity capacity to more than 4,000 MW soon, says NERC

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The chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Sanusi Garba, has assured Nigerians that the concerted efforts at resolving challenges in the electric power supply chain will bring back supply to the threshold of over 4,000MW soon.

Speaking at a press briefing on the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) state, Garba debunked what he termed some of the false narratives trending in the media as the cause of instability in the network.

He attributed the challenges in the value chain to three significant events as the scheduled maintenance of the Shell Afam 6, vandalism on the gas pipeline to Okpai Power Plant, and pigging of the pipeline supplying gas to Calabar Power Plant

The combined effect of these three incidents happening when the hydro stations are operating below optimal level due to low water levels accounted for a reduction in the supply of over 1,000megawatts to the national grid, he noted.

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However, he said efforts at restoring the lost capacities and the possibility of signing the contract by Okpai 2 Power Plant, a newly constructed power plant with direct access to gas supply, will restore available capacity to over 4,000 megawatts soon.

On Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari apologized to Nigerians over the protracted long queue in filing stations and the current power outage across the country which has caused the citizens untold hardship.

On the issue of electricity blackouts being experienced across the nation, President Buhari remarked that “the blackouts seen in the national grid are also being addressed.

“A dip in hydroelectric generation due to seasonal pressures has coincided with technical and supply problems at thermal stations. On this, the government is also working tirelessly to resolve the issues at the latter to guarantee sufficient power flows into the national grid.”

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