Nigerian govt caps power supply to four African countries at 6%

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has ordered the Transmission Company of Nigeria to peg power supply to international customers in Benin Republic, Niger, and Togo at 6 per cent.

The Commission disclosed this in a recent document titled ‘Interim Order on Transmission System Dispatch Operations, Cross-border Supply, and Related Matters’ signed by its Chairman, Sanusi Garba and Vice Chairman, Musiliu Oseni.

The Order is expected to be effected for six months starting May 1, 2024, and is subject to review.

Nigeria currently supplies electricity to neighbouring countries, including Benin Republic, Niger Republic, and Togo.

Further analysis of the Order showed that power supply delivery to Nigeria’s neighbours must be at most six per cent of the total grid electricity at any given time.

The Commission explained that the move boosted the in-country electricity supply capacity.

“The reliance on limiting Discos’ load off-take while prioritizing international off-takers and Eligible Customers has yet to prove efficient nor equitable.

“The system operator will log and publish hourly readings, enforcing penalties for violations of grid instructions and contracted nominations. Maximum load allocation to international off-takers in each trading hour shall not exceed six per cent of the total available grid generation.”

Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, recently said the country’s power supply increased to 4,800 megawatts from 4,200MW.

Meanwhile, parts of Nigeria had continued to witness epileptic power supply.

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