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NERC To Nigerians: Expect Improved Electricity Supply From July 1

NERC To Nigerians: Expect Improved Electricity Supply From July 1

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says Nigerians will expertise improved electrical energy provide from July 1.

Sanusi Garba, chairman, NERC, gave the peace of mind on Wednesday at an interactive session with journalists after the second Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) assembly which was held in Lagos.

Present on the assembly had been prime officers of NERC, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), era firms as nicely electrical energy distribution firms.

Garba mentioned NERC had facilitated a contractual settlement between the GenCos, TCN, and the 11 DisCos that might assure the era, transmission and distribution of a mean of 5,000MW of electrical energy day by day to clients, efficient July 1.

“Yes, we have had discussions with the gas suppliers within our regulatory space. We have them on board to ensure that once we made the commercial requirements, gas was going to flow,” Garba mentioned.

“Now, for transmission now we have heard of figures nicely in extra of 5,000MW and clearly TCN will have the ability to ship that.

“I recall clearly that in March last year we had 5,400MW. So, it means it is quite possible based on signed commitments.”

Garba mentioned all of the stakeholders throughout the worth chain had obligations and there could be penalties in the event that they didn’t ship.

He defined that in a state of affairs the place GenCos are capable of ship 5,000MW however TCN is unable to take action, they’d pay the penalty to the era firm.

“And each time the ability is obtainable and DisCos don’t take the ability; then they’ll pay liquidated damages that may compensate different market contributors.

“We might not have 24/7 power supply from July 1 but Nigerians will see the trajectory because the target is to have an average of 5,000MW daily for transmission and distribution.”

Speaking on blackouts within the nation, Garba blamed the latest collapse of the nationwide grid on insufficient gasoline provide in addition to vandalism.

He mentioned the challenges within the sector have gone past weak infrastructure to incorporate exterior components like vandalism.

“The challenges of today are very clear. In the past, it used to be weak infrastructure and so on and so forth. Now we have certain external factors contributing to these events,” Garba mentioned.

“Obviously, it’s not widespread around the globe to see folks coming down, knocking down transmission towers for no motive; or blowing up crude oil traces.

“In a number of instances, most of the gas we have today is associated gas and because of that when crude lines are disrupted it also affects the supply of gas to the thermal stations.”

Garba lauded the federal authorities and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the interventions within the energy sector, including that the nation would quickly start seeing the optimistic affect of the investments.

Also talking, Nathan Shatti, commissioner, finance and administration service, NERC, mentioned the fee will start the second section (Phase One) of the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) in August 2022.

The regulator additionally mentioned it acquired bids from 45 native meter producers to take part within the programme and was at the moment reviewing them.

Shatti mentioned the procurement course of for the second section began in early 2022, including that NERC was at the moment reviewing the capability of the producers.

“Our target is to install four million meters for customers. From our experience in phase zero, we want to make sure that the manufacturers can deliver before allocation is made,” he mentioned.

“I’m certain that we can end the evaluation by the top of this month and it will likely be finalised by the Procurement Implementation Unit.

“We are hoping that before the end of August, we will begin to see meters from our local manufacturers going to the electricity distribution companies and then to end-user customers.”

Source:- The Cable

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