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Nigeria to lose 1,200MW of electricity to uncompleted power projects - Beks Dagogo-Jack
The Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) has said Nigeria may lose 1,200MW of electricity this year if the contractor handling three key National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) fails to meet stipulated targets that would ensure the commissioning of these plants by the third quarter of 2014.
While the PTFP had given marching orders to the contractor, Messers Rockson Engineering Limited, it stressed 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.
Beks Dagogo-Jack, Chairman, PTFP, at a meeting on Tuesday, said the contractor was executing critical generation and transmission projects located in the eastern axis of the national gas grid for the NIPP including 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, “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.”
Dagogo-Jack explained to the contractor the critical importance of the subject projects to the overall power growth projections of the Federal Government.
He said while there were acute gas constraints in the western axis of the gas grid, there were currently some appreciable gas volumes on the eastern axis awaiting the completion of these eastern power plants.
The PTFP boss said the key elements which had caused previous slippage were reviewed, adding that the contractor committed to submitting detailed updated work plans with their critical path dependencies properly highlighted for each of the affected projects to the presidential task force within a week.
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