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Indeed, the failure of Egbin’s 1320-megawatt system to meet its output target has been attributed to lack of gas to operate the already installed system.
The insufficiency of gas to the plant according to Group Managing Director (GMD) Sahara Power Group (SPG), Kola Adesina, at the inauguration of Ikeja Electric’s Young Engineers Programme (YEP), in Lagos, has hindered optimal operations leaving the current capacity to 750 megawatts.
It would be recalled that three months ago, Adesina declared plans of expanding Egbin capacity from 1100MW to 1320MW by the end of February.
He however said that given the recent gas supply to the plant, 750MW is the best output even though for the first time since inception, all the units are available to work.
“We have a plant with installed capacity of 1320MW, but gas is the problem,” hence the situation, which he said, calls for prioritisation of gas availability by the government.
Similarly, he cited that the same gas issue was responsible for the shutdown of generating companies in recent times, which really affected power output, adding that it is very pertinent for the nation to have more than one gas pipeline for supply of gas to power companies.
Speaking to the Meter Access Provider scheme by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), which was rolled out at the beginning of May, Adesina expressed optimism that meters would be rolled out very quickly to bridge the metering gap, but noted that MAP won’t solve the country’s energy problem because there are other fundamental issues like the cost tariff that hasn’t been addressed.
He added that until the issue of tariff, one of the major issues in the industry is addressed, he was not sure Nigerians can enjoy uninterrupted power supply.
Shifting the narrative of the power sector to metering, he opined, is not the solution because there are other unaddressed issues in the value chain.
The chief Human Resources and Administration Officer, Ikeja Electric, Henry Ajibola, noted that the young engineers were the future of the company and that they would be subjected to rigorous classes and hands on experience in different departments and units to give them practical knowledge of power operations.
The programme, which saw the induction of 32 young engineers into the company according to him, was the third edition since its inception five years ago.
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