150MW of Hydro Power Stranded in Nigeria

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  • 150 MW of power generated by the Kainji and Jeba hydro power plants are stranded without being utilised by Distribution Companies.
  • Mainstream Energy Solution Limited owns and operates the two plants
  • The reason is that the DISCOs lack capacity to evacuate the energy.

The operator of Kainji and Jeba  hydro power plants in Nigeria, Mainstream Energy Solution Limited (MESL) reports that  150 MW are stranded in its two plants without being utilised by Distribution Companies (DISCOs)

The Operation Supervisor in Kainji Plant, Mr Oladele Sunday disclosed this to newsmen after a facility-tour in one of the plants in Kainji last week. MESL was licenced as a power generating firm in 2011 and acquired Kainji and Jeba Hydro Power Plants through a concession agreement in November 2013.

Oladele explained that out of 922 MW cumulative power generation capacity of the two power plants, only 750MW could be used while the remaining one was stranded. He said that Kainji Hydro Power Plant had 440MW of available capacity while the Jebba plant had 482MWs totaling 922MW.

“Frankly, we have between 150 and 200MW that are stranded. The reason is that the DISCOs lack capacity to evacuate the energy we are generating.

“That is why we embraced this eligible customers’ regulation policy of the Federal Government and we currently have five of them that we are supplying power to and we are still discussing with few others that will key into it,” he said.

The Kainji and Jebba hydro power plants supply 30 per cent of the power generated in the country.

Author: GBA News Desk


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