Export of electricity to two neighbouring countries, Niger and Benin Republics, from Nigeria is expected to increase to 1,540 megawatts by 2025 from 387MW in 2020, The Punch reports.
A document, entitled: ‘Transmission Expansion Plan’, which was obtained from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, revealed that 780MW and 760MW would be exported to Niger and Benin, respectively by 2025. According to the document, between 1973 and 2015, peak electricity generation in Nigeria was increased from 385MW to 4,884MW, reflecting an average growth rate of about 6.3 per cent.
It noted that peak generation reached 4,883.9MW in 2015 and peak output reached 5074.7MW on February 2, 2016. It said based on provided information, the already installed gross power generation capacity stood at about 13,300MW, of which some 11,800MW were noted as net available capacity. The report also noted that older plants should be replaced by new facilities with higher efficiency, adding that some of the generation companies had already started the modernisation process over the past 15 years.
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