Revelling in its recent peak power generation of 4,517.6 megawatts (MW), the Federal Government yesterday said that it plans to grow Nigeria’s power generation capacity to 10,000MW by the fourth quarter of 2013.
In a presentation on the power sector made in Abuja to the Presidential Action Committee on Power (PACP), the Minister of State for Power, Hajiya Zainab Kuchi, said the government plans to achieve the 10,000MW target by diversifying Nigeria’s energy mix to include other renewable sources of energy.
Kuchi, in the presentation, which was also made available to reporters yesterday at a capacity building workshop for energy correspondents, stated that the government plans to equally scale up rural access to electricity in 2013. She however did not give a breakdown on the amount of electricity that will be generated from the various renewable energy sources available to Nigeria.
Nigeria currently generates and distributes 4,517.6MW of electricity, meaning that an extra 5,482.4MW would have to be generated to meet the 10,000MW target by the fourth quarter.