The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has revealed that the Mambilla Power Station in Taraba State when completed is capable of adding 3000MW of electricity to the national grid.
He disclosed this recently during a conference of the National Association of Energy Correspondence with the theme “Gas To Power”.
Fashola noted that though gas is a main source of energy, gas alone would not be enough if the country is to meet its target of Incremental Power as the power ministry embark on the Change strategy.
According to him, “Mambila Power Station, is likely to be our most defining in the road to incremental power. Situated in Taraba state, it will potentially add 3000MW to the grid and yet this is a Hydro-Electric project, not gas.” The minister observed.
The Minister described the Road Map as efficient adding that “ it is a process driven road map that focuses on the problems and seek to solve them in a pragmatic way.
In the short period between when we started work in November 2015 and February of this year, our generating capacity rose to 5,074 MW, the highest we have ever generated as a nation.”
He further stated that what had thwarted the upward movement was the destruction of the Forcado pipeline and other pipelines. This he said has resulted in a big fall by over 2000MW.
Fashola maintained that on like other administrations which was fund of setting unachievable targets, the government is not out to make pledges on the number of megawatts it will provide at particular times.
He assured that effort is made on a daily basis to ensure that citizens get increased, stable and uninterrupted power supply.
In his words, “the reality is that we have had a government -driven monopoly of power dating back to 1950 when it was known as the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) to National Electricity Power Authority of Nigeria (NEPA) and later Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) up to November 2013.
“In those 63 years, between 1950 and 2013, do you know what our maximum generation was? 4000MW.”
Speaking on the diversifying the means of generating electricity, he disclosed that,
“The ministry has recently publicised our Energy Mix, and coal forms a large part of our target fuel source. On this note, I am pleased to say that the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) is working on a suitable tariff for coal-to-power and that will form the basis of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
“Solar and other renewable energies will also play a major role in our roadmap to incremental power. We have recently signed 14 PPAs for the delivery of 1,125MW of solar power. Other renewable energy projects, such as the 10MW wind plant in Katsina, are also in various stages of completion” the minister concluded.