Infrastructural shortcomings 'derailing energy targets'
16 November 2009
Ageing infrastructure could be compromising the Nigerian government's target of producing 6,000 MW by the end of the year, it has been suggested.
The general secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees expressed his concern that shortcomings in transmission and generation would mean Nigeria was unable to meet these goals.
Joe Ajaero was quoted by Next as saying he doubted the current system could support more than 4,000 MW.
His comments came on the heels of confirmation from the minster of power Dr Olaranrewaju Babalola that following increased output from several power stations, the goal was on track to become a reality.
The minister was quoted by Nigerian newspaper the Vanguard as saying the evacuation capacity upgrade at the Afam transmission yard and improved performance at the thermal stations of Sapele and Omotosho had contributed to putting most concerns of energy shortcomings to rest.
In his view, the problem was not with infrastructure but with insufficient gas.
"We are still working hard to improve supply to more of the Independent Power Projects stations," he added.