- The Chairman of Nigerian Regulatory Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi has linked inadequate gas, pipeline vandalism and lack of funds to the lingering challenges in the electricity sector.
- He explained that it had been impossible for the country to generate up to 6,000MW due to a lack of a coherent gas to power policy and corruption as well as incompetence in project management.
- Making these submissions in his presentation at the just concluded Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE, Amadi indicated that at less than 6,000mw the electricity market in Nigeria was unstable and supply will remain poor.
- Speicifically on the gas supply constraints, the industry regulator listed the problems as ranging from incoherence in gas-to-power policy, low commerciality in gas supply to power and very poor gas to power infrastructure.
He explained: “The lack of gas supply necessary to fire available generating plants is the main reason we don’t have at least 5,500MW of daily generation. We know from experience that with constant daily generation of 5,000MW, Nigerians will experience a major relief from irregular power until the major improvements are delivered. The problem of gas supply has manifested in two main forms – vandalism of gas pipelines and poor project management of gas facilities.