The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation will increase gas supply to power plants in the country in the next four weeks to boost electricity supply, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has said.
The minister, who said this in Abuja during a briefing, added that the emergency plan unveiled in the gas sector few months ago had begun to yield results.
The emergency plan, which the minister said would last for 12 months, is expected to address the shortage in gas supply to the various thermal power plants in the country.
It is meant to increase gas supply to the grid in three tranches over the 12-month emergency period.
The first tranche was for 180 million standard cubic feet of gas per day within two to three months of the roll-out plan, followed by the addition of 35mmcf/d by October/November 2012, and a further 300mmcf/d by February/March 2013.
Alison-Madueke said barring any unforeseen circumstances, the combined impact of the additions would result in an increase of 2,000 megawatts of electricity by the end of the emergency period, adding that further growth was envisioned beyond the emergency period in tandem with the power sector.
She said, “Beyond the interventions, work continues steadily on the implementation of the gas emergency supply plan with further planned targeted additions. Within the next four weeks, a further 65mmcf/d is expected to come from ongoing work at Oredo. This addition will effectively bridge the outstanding gap in its supply to the available power plant on the western axis.”