Monday, October 5, 2009

Electricity generation rises to 2,900 mega watts in Nigeria

The Minister of Power, Dr. Rilwanu Babalola announced that Nigeria's electricity generation has reached 2,900 mega watts. The increased electricity generations comes from repairs to the Shiroro Hydro dam.

Dr. Babalola commended the management and engineers for their ability to repair the unit generator at the station without having to depend on foreign contractors:

"I am proud of your achievement. What is remarkable here is that the repairs on the unit we have just re-inaugurated were carried out entirely by our Nigerian engineers resident here in Shiroro without any foreign assistance," 

"By the re-inauguration of unit 411G3, we have injected additional 150Mw of electricity to the national grid; this is enough energy to meet the basic electricity needs of the Federal Capital Territory.

"While we continue to make concerted effort to meet the energy requirements of our dear nation, we implore Nigerians to understand that electric power cannot be picked off the shelf. It has to be planned for, this calls for patience and support from all Nigerians," he said.

According to the minister, the government is still on course to attain 6,000MW of electricity generated in Nigeria by December of this year.


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