The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of power, Amb. Godknows Igali, has disclosed that the steady increase in power supply recently experienced in the country is occasioned by the charge of President Muhammadu Buhari to power sector operators to redouble their efforts in the quest of ensuring uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians during his tenure.
Igali made the disclosure while signing Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with two indigenous investors in the power sector namely Messrs. New Horizons Energy Resources and Quaint Global Energy Solutions. The firms are interested in renewable projects, especially solar, biomass and thermal plant respectively.
Speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary maintained that the recent increase in power supply is not as a result of rain, as speculated in some quarters, noting that marginal improvement from hydro cannot be responsible for the increase. He insisted that the improvement is as a result of increase in gas supply to the thermal plants, adding that the ministry’s anti-vandalism campaign is also yielding positive results.

To sustain this trend, Igali said the present administration is determined to look in the direction of renewables, hence more emphasis will be placed on solar energy source.

He maintained that with clusters of solar plants built across the country, technical losses occasioned by hauling of energy over long distances will be reduced, even as captive power in embedded manner will also be available to distribution companies.

While commending the companies for working with the ministry and the government in the development of mini power generation and micro grid, Igali noted that the efforts will translate into power stability and reliability.
He also used the opportunity to announce that the Transmission Company of Nigeria is working on the critical corridors that would enhance the nation’s transmission capacity and position it to be able to evacuate all energy to be produced as more gas becomes available to the thermal plants.

Remarking, a representative of Quaint global energy, Seun Solesi, informed that his company is to enjoy a grant of $1.3 million from the US President, Barack Obama, Power Africa Initiative, to carry out feasibility studies for its 50MW solar powered plant in Machiok, Kaura L.G.A, Kaduna State. He said with these foreign partners the project is to start in earnest on the land of 150

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