The Federal Government plans to achieve 10,000 Megawatts of electricity generation by December, the Minister of State for Power, Mrs. Zainab Kuchi, has said.
Kuchi, who said this in a presentation to the Presidential Action Committee on Power in Abuja on Tuesday, also said the generation capacity stood at 6,442MW by the end of 2012.
Generation capacity, however, could differ from actual generation. The peak quantity generated in 2012 was 4,517.6MW, which was recorded on December 23.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had set an ambitious target of 10,000MW generation capacity by 2007, but this had been lowered by successive administrations.
Several factors such as non-availability of gas, breakdown and inadequate evacuation capacity impede the translation of generation capacity into actual power available to consumers.
Kuchi listed other plans by the ministry in 2013 to include diversification of the nation’s energy sources, scaling up of rural access to electricity and stimulating investment in the sector by fostering bilateral relations.
“The ministry will also focus on developing new policy initiatives to address post privatisation challenges,” she said.
The minister said transaction advisers had been appointed for concession of small and medium hydro power projects, while a 40MW hydro power plant would be completed within the year.
According to her, the wind farm in Katsina, with capacity for 10MW, is now ready for inauguration but it is being delayed due to the current security challenges in the area.
Kuchi also said arrangements had been concluded to borrow from the African Development Bank to support the expansion of the nation’s transmission capacity.
She listed some achievements recorded in power transmission to include the inauguration of 239 kilometres of 330KV transmission line; completion of 21km of 132KV of transmission line; and the inauguration of 600MVA 330/132/33KV substation capacity.