By Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said the state would require nothing less than 5,000 megawatts of electricity to attain power stability.
Mr Taofeek Tijani, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, made the disclosure at the 2014 Ministerial Press Briefing in Ikeja.
He said the figure was a result of a power audit recently conducted by the state government to ascertain the power needs of the state.
Tijani however pointed out that only 1,000 megawatts was being supplied from the national grid, blaming the deficit for the inadequate power supply in the state.
“Lagos requires 5000 megawatts of electricity, the total national generating capacity as of now is about 4000 megawatts with the state getting just 1,000,so there is a huge deficit in the state, “ he said.
The commissioner said the state government was building IPPs and taking other strategic steps to gradually address the deficit.
Tijani said Alausa, Akute and Island Power plants had been completed and that the three IPPs had enhanced power supply by about 35megawatts.
“The 10.4mw Alausa IPP had ensured that we de-commissioned about 140 generators as the secretariat now enjoy uninterrupted power supply.
“Also, the Island IPP is providing stable power supply to government’s institutions like Island Maternity Hospital, Massey Hospital,” he said.
He added that the on-going 8.8MW Ikeja IPP and another 6MW plant in Lekki were nearing completion.
The commissioner said the completion of the two projects would bring the total megawatts generated from IPPs to 47MW.
Tijani said the state government was partnering with some major players in the oil and gas industry to ensure adequate supply of gas to the power plants.
On solid minerals, Tijani said the government had discovered some quantities of limestone and bitumen in the state through a geological mapping carried out in some parts of the state.
Tijani who noted that the minerals were found in little quantities, however said investigation was on going for possible discovery of the minerals in commercial quantities.
The commissioner said government had granted no fewer than 208 licences to companies to commence sand mining operations.
He said the licensing was to regulate sand mining in the state and check illegal sand mining activities.
The commissioner warned those still engaged in illegal sand mining activities to desist from the illegality, saying offenders would be made to face the law.