No fewer than eight power plants in Nigeria have shut down as a result of operational constraints reports say.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, stressed the need to utilize renewable energy in the country.
According to him, efforts must be concentrated to develop renewable energy along with conventional power plants to maintain a balanced energy in the short, medium and long term.
Fashola said renewable energies were the fastest power plant that can be deployed as the technologies required are compatible with what he described as the nation’s decentralized, stand alone for local and rural communities.
His words: “The huge energy deficit and the negative environmental impact of using fossil fuel for energy generation as well as the falling costs of renewable energy technologies like solar power, are driving the current energy transition towards renewable energy as being witnessed across the world.”
The minister said Government is implementing off-grid renewable energy solutions such as rural mini-grids, and standalone home solutions.
He also said emphasis should be on how to utilize stranded power now available in the country.
“The reality is that we have 7,000mw and we are selling 5,000mw. So, the conversation we should be having is how to connect to the remaining 2,000mw,” he added.
Some of the affected power plants include, the Trans Amadi Gas Turbine (GT) 1 and 2; ASCO Power plant GT1; Ihovbor Nigerian National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) GT 1 and GT2.
Others are, Alaoji NIPP Gas Turbine 1, 2, and 4; Afam IV and V Gas Power Plant GT13-20; Sapele Steam’s ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5 and ST6.