Efforts underway to normalise Nigerian power
Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, has assured Nigerians that effort is being made to normalise electricity supplies to parts of the country where shortages have been experienced lately.
Nebo expressed deep regret over the situation in parts of Lagos and other areas that have suffered reduced supply; attributing the mishap to the gas supply challenges already being addressed by the Federal Government. He also explained that decline in the quantity supplied to the Lagos area was a consequence of gas shortage which resulted from the recent extensive vandalisation of the Escravos Lagos in the western axis of the gas pipeline.
He said that the repair work on the pipeline, which was completed last week, took longer days due to the discovery of new leakages in the process of reinstallation by engineers. He added that the completion of repairs and re-commissioning of the pipeline which was earlier planned for this week has been rescheduled to the end of January, 2014.
According to the Minister, an increase in power generation was recorded this week despite the unfavorable gas situation, with Lagos receiving a maximum load of 816 megawatts on Sunday, 29th of December, 2013 which is below the minimum requirement of 1,000 megawatts. He described this as inadequate and unacceptable for the nation’s commercial nerve centre.