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Gas shortage, pipeline vandalism cripple power generation

18 March 2014, 15:12

Abuja - The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has said the drop in power generation was caused by gas shortage due to vandalism of gas pipelines.

Nebo made the development known at the opening of the ``Nigeria Power Forum Conference and Exhibition.

“We still face many challenges, gas supply is a very serious one and the current difficulty we have in generation dropping substantially in the past couple of days, was as a result of gas limitation.

“We also have security issues bordering on vandalism of the sector’s gas pipelines and oil pipelines that are associated with gas and then transmission and distribution infrastructure.''

Nebo particularly stressed the need to develop the sector’s transmission capacity and expand the wheeling strength, so that all power generated can be effectively transmitted.

The minister also said there were huge challenges in transmission "because we need to be sure that we have more wheeling capacity than generation, so we need to beef up our generation capacity and transmission capacity.''

Nebo, however, expressed optimism that most of the challenges being expressed at the moment would soon be addressed with the cooperation and support of stakeholders in the sector.

He said the power sector reform was very much on course and assured that it would ultimately lead to the economic growth and industrialisation of the nation.

The minister also assured that the Federal Government was working round the clock to create the enabling environment for investors to thrive and urged more investors to key into the sector.

The conference was attended by officials from the Ministry of Power, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, NNPC, as well as development partners.

-    NAN

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