- Customers of the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCos) in Lagos have confirmed that electricity supply has improved remarkably when compared to previous supply.
- The improvement, however, was as a result of improved generation at the Egbin Power Plc. The 1320 megawatts (mw) capacity plant is currently producing over 1000mw for the first time since it started operation.
- Many customers in Lagos said the hours of supply have doubled and some areas that have been darkness are getting supply. However, some areas are still battling darkness.
- The management of Egbin said the improvement in generation was due to continued investment and upgrade activities on the plant by the Sahara Power Group and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), the new owners of the company.
- It said before the company was privatised in November 2013, the average generation was below 500MW because the plant’s six turbines were in deplorable state.
- The Chairman, Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Kola Adesina said the improved output is a testament of the unfolding success of the privatisation and power sector reform in Nigeria.
- He attributed the achievement partly to the direct intervention of the Federal Government in its determination to resolve the power crisis.
“This is driving the increase in power supply in the nation, boosting socio-economic development. Prior to this, we had invested heavily and had the plant ready to generate power at full capacity but there was no gas to do so. This is indeed a good development for the power sector in Nigeria,” he said.
- Source: The Nation