FG adds 625 megawatts to the national grid

The federal government has announced an additional 625 megawatts for the national grid, increasing the grid’s operating capacity to 4,800 megawatts.

This disclosure was made by the Minister of Energy, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, at the commissioning of the 63 MVA, 132/33 kV mobile station at Ajah, Lagos State, and Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, simultaneously.

The minister said the Ajah mobile substation represents a strategic deployment aimed at improving transmission capacity constraints by over 1,300 MW across the country.

He said the Ajah mobile substation was aimed at improving transmission capacity, energy access and overall progress towards the upgrade targets of 4,000MW to 6,000MW.

He said: “Its strategic location at key sites such as Okene, Amukpe, Potiskum, Apo, Ajah, Birnin Kebbi and others underlines our dedication to improving transmission efficiency and reliability across the country.

“The versatility of this mobile substation cannot be underestimated. From addressing major load centers to serving as a stopgap measure during maintenance and emergencies, its flexibility ensures quick responses to fluctuating power demands, thereby contributing to uninterrupted service delivery,” he explained.

The minister also claimed that some people do not want the power sector to function because of their selfish gains, adding: “We have had more than 40 ministers in the past and we are still here; We know there will be resistance and distractions, but Nigerians will begin to see our overwhelming impact the moment we complete the TCN projects.”

The minister warned Nigerians to endure temporary pain to enjoy permanent pain as the government is very concerned about the well-being of its citizenry.

“Nigerians should not be fooled and that is why I do not call this new tariff a reflection of costs but a reflection of service,” he added.

He reiterated that all nightclubs must provide electricity for 20 to 24 hours before charging N225/kwh, saying “if not, they will be heavily fined.”

He also called on Nigerians to continue to safeguard national assets from acts of vandalism and sabotage, recognizing them as essential economic assets crucial to the development of our nation.

FGN Power Company Managing Director and CEO Kenny Anuwe said the federal government decided to implement the project in phases and has delivered up to half of the project.

“We are targeting between 4,000 and 6,000 megawatts and this will be replicated in the six geopolitical zones,” he said.