Abuja, Nigeria – The Nigerian government projection of 6,000MW end 2014 may not be actualised as it may lose 1,200MW of electricity this year if the contractor handling three key National Integrated Power Projects fails to meet stipulated targets that would ensure the commissioning of these plants by the third quarter of 2014, the Presidential Task Force on Power has said.
Although the PTFP had given marching orders to the contractor handling the projects, Rockson Engineering Limited, it explained that unless these projects were commissioned and put into commercial use, the country’s target of 6,000MW by December this year might not be realised.
Nogtec gathered on Tuesday that the Chairman, PTFP, Beks Dagogo-Jack, had chaired a meeting with the contractor executing critical generation and transmission projects located in the eastern axis of the national gas grid for the NIPP.
Dagogo-Jack said the meeting focused on three power generation projects located at Alaoji in Abia State, Omoku in Rivers State, and Gbarain in Bayelsa State.
He noted that a major transmission project which provides the key evacuation corridor for wheeling power from these power plants to connect to the national grid at Onitsha was also handled by the same contractor.
He said, “Accordingly, unless these projects are commissioned and put into commercial operations by the end of quarter three this year, we shall suffer a serious shortfall in our power supply projections by as much as 1,200MW.
“This will significantly impact our set national on-grid supply target threshold of 6,000MW by December 2014.”