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Published On: Thu, Mar 13th, 2014

FG tasks power firms on 4500mw June target

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Chairman-NERC-Dr-Sam-Amadi…Asks agencies to pay bills or be disconnected

By Etuka Sunday

Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi yesterday tasked the new owners of electricity to meet the 4,5000megawatts projection by June this year.

Dr. Amadi made the disclosure yesterday at a press briefing shortly after the second meeting of the Commission with the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the recently privatized Generation companies

(Gencos) and Distribution companies (Discos).

He said that the firms are progressing on realizing the power deliverables adding that, “There is progress in Gencos owing to the repairs of gas pipeline and improved gas supply process.”

He hinted that a recent circular was issued by the federal government mandating all agencies to pay their bills promptly as the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) would have to intervene in any

defaulting agency after 90 days.

Amadi said it is applicable to the new private Disco owners as they would have to make their statutory remittance promptly to the Market Operator (MO).

He noted that the Gencos have reported improvement in gas supply process but had tasked them to continue negotiating with the gas suppliers for sustained supply.

He mandated that the Commission adopted a peer review approach for the CEOS Meeting where two Gencos and Discos make presentations about their achievements which is benchmarked and using to create a scorecard for improvement.

In his remarks the CEO of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Mack Kast said the company is working diligently to grow their capacity for power evacuation. “We are always trying to stay at the

top so we can evacuate more power,” Kast said.

On the recent destruction of 12 TCN transmission towers in Warri, Kast said it would take about six months to fix and the cost would run in to a million dollars.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Mr Robert Dickerman who spoke on behalf of the Discos decried the bypassing of meters by customers of Discos noting that it could

shortchange the bills payment.

Dickerman urged electricity consumers to cooperate by being trustworthy in paying their bills promptly as the companies would perform its obligation of improving the electricity supply in their

coverage area.

In the meantime, the CEO of Transcorp Ughelli Power Plc, Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi noted that Gencos are focused on deliverables both for short and long terms of achieving 10,000mw by December, 2014 just as he tasked gas suppliers to give the power plants maximum cooperation to boost gas supply.

Fadeyibi said the Gencos are improving in their generation capacity saying, “Like for Ughelli power, we have moved from 150mw by 1st November to a current 380mw.”

“We are making progress, we are doing better and we are focused on doing better,” he said.

 

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