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Power generation on the rise, hits 4,518MW

Indications have emerged showing that the success of the recent tour of the oil rich Niger Delta by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has continued to bear fruits not only in raising oil production output, but in power generation.

This is seen from the daily power generation report released by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) which shows that power generation has improved from the 3,500 MW recorded last week to 4,518MW.

It was not however clear if is the rising trend will continue as a coalition of Niger Delta freedom fighters has issued a warning to the federal government on the possibility of resuming bombardment if government continues to renege on its promises to develop the region.

However, even though relative peace is gradually returning and gas pipelines are freely moving gas to power station, the irony remains that electricity supply is still very poor in many areas in Lagos, and other parts of the country.

Another reason for the sustained rise in generation is contained in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) report which noted that the rise in water level on account of the recent rains contributed to the improvement in generation.

The report disclosed further that whereas the installed capacity remains 11,100MW, the country’s power sector has only been able to attain the highest ever which was 5,500MW in January 2017. The level however cut short as it nosedived to 3,687MW before the end of first quarter.

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