FG targets 6000MW of power by December 2014



…Raises committee on gas supply

The Federal Govern­ment said it has put in place machinery to fast track the ambitious plan of increasing gas-fired plant contribution to the grid from the current 70 per cent to 85 per cent by December 2014.

The government has said it is determined to ensure ac­celerated and improved power generation. The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, who stated this when he inau­gurated an 11-member com­mittee drawn from key stake­holders in Power, Presidency and Petroleum Resources to step up gas supply to energise power plants.

Performing the inaugura­ recalled the unalloyed political will demonstrated by President Goodluck Jonathan to drive the power sector reform to a logi­cal end.

“We are thus at the mercy of gas in order to meet this tar­get. It is for this reason that Mr. President has tasked us to find solution, otherwise we could be strangulated by gas short­age.”

He therefore appealed to members of the task force to do all they can to ensure suc­cess of their assignment.

“There is obvious gap in gas supply. This has been made worse by vandalism because the NIPPs were conceived with no adequate provision for gas, which is described as the backbone. We cannot be giv­ing gas to the world through export, while we are in dire need of gas to fire our plants.”

He therefore appealed to Nigerians to exercise patience, especially with the new own­ers. “In the short run, we must expect disruptions but we are getting reports that there is remarkable improvement na­tionwide.”

The Minister also used the occasion to denounce the ac­tivities of those he described as energy thieves and enjoined everyone that expects stable power to pay bills, just as he recognised the importance of liquidity as essential ingredi­ents in the running of the sys­tem. A 12-point term of refer­ence was handed over to the committee, which included the development of policy frame­work that would ensure avail­ability of gas and strategies for curbing vandalism of gas infra­structure.

The Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke said her ministry is working hard to develop stringent framework to meet immediate and long term with other key players like Shell and private sector in the development of gas infra­structure. She said that with the enormous work done, “we will see a positive result of what we are doing.” She said her ministry has identified various critical projects, which govern­ment has also released fund for their implementation.



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