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Nigerians using 22m generators due to poor electricity, says Seplat

Leading oil and gas group, Seplat has said that an estimated 22 million small generators in households use and MSMEs in Nigeria.
Operations Director/Executive Director, Selattyn Energy Plc, Mr. Effiong Okon, stated this during a panel session at the 44th edition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) with the theme “Energy Security and Sustainable Development in Nigeria” held in Lagos last week. Okon said these generators are expensive to buy and run and responsible for particulate and greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. The Seplat Director, who was the lead presenter at the panel, maintained that energy security remained the bedrock of the nation, as Nigeria should have a robust energy base to meet its present and future energy needs for it to sustainably develop. He added that economic development is a function of both access to energy and the quality of the access. Providing insight into the country’s current energy challenges, he said: “Nigeria has less than 11GW generating capacity on grid and much of it remains unused owing to inefficiencies and gas supply constraints; distribution is not well developed across the country and suffers poor maintenance, with frequent blackouts which leads to supplementing on-grid generation with generators.