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Monday, 9 June 2014

Making gas available for electricity in Nigeria

Nigeria’s minister of power, Chinedu Nebo recently reassured that all the relevant agencies are working hard to make gas available to operators in the power sector. Nebo says he has firm commitment from the minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Allison Madueke, that gas would be available.
The minister also says that overall the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is a flagship in the new electricity regime and must provide the lead in revamping the rural electrification policy framework that would allow private sector to participate. He says NERC must devise a mechanism that would open-up communities that are far flung from the grid system through rural electrification means that would include renewable energy sources.
On the issue of overlapping function with sister agencies in the sector, the minister says that NERC will have support in tackling this problem. “If there are areas we see that there are obvious gaps, we must close those gaps.”
NERC chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi also assured Nigerians that much work has been done to make gas available to our power plants. “In a few weeks’ time, the major pipelines will be able to make enough gas available for use by our plants.”
By Kim Jansen