Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji has announced that power supply in the country has reached a peak capacity of 4,237megawatts. Nnaji in a statement from his media aide, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, in Abuja stated that the increase however excludes national spinning reserves pointing out that this is the highest power output ever to be generated in the country.
Disclosing this development to Directors in the ministry, Nnaji attributed the sharp increase to gas availability, praising the efforts of the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke in delivering on the promise to supply gas to thermal plants in the country.
The minister also said in the statement that although water levels have also improved at the dams, hydro power plant managers at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro are operating a management system designed to ensure that there is water for power all year round. Nnaji stressed that the transmission backbone has been able to wheel the power produced effortlessly, adding that when President Goodluck Jonathan assumed office in May 2010, the quantum of power generated in Nigeria was about 2,800mw. He explained that the figure spiked by 1000mw within one year, mostly through recoveries from existing plant capacities and that by January 2012, the generation capacity had peaked to about 4,100mw.