Energy

Why power outage persists —FG

THE Federal Government, yesterday, explained that many parts of the country continued to witness power outage occasionally because only 5,000 megawatts of the 7,000mw generated go to the national grid. power Consequently, the Federal Executive Council, FEC, approved a policy framework that will attract fresh investment for improved distribution infrastructure in the sector to utilise the redundant 2,000mw of electricity in the national grid. This was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Recall that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo recently announced an increase in Nigeria’s power generation capacity of 7,000 megawatts, noting, however, that challenges still persist with distribution to consumers. But Fashola said what was approved was not yet a project, but rather a policy framework, adding that in the power value chain, transporting electricity was a process done on the transmission grid at 330, 132 and 133kv under the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, while between 333 and 11kv and 415 volts were under the distribution companies.

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