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Nigerian capacity set to increase amid conflicting signs for a troubled industry

15 March 2018

New World Bank support and some improvements in performance underpin government claims that Abuja can turn around Nigeria’s dysfunctional electricity supply industry, but with gencos going to court to obtain full payments of their bills, the outlook remains difficult – even though the project pipeline recorded by African Energy Live Data offers some reasons for guarded optimism

Approval by the World Bank Group (WBG) of a $486m soft credit package for the Nigeria Electricity Transmission Access Project signalled a continuation of the multi-billion dollar support structure put in place to reanimate the dysfunctional industry in the five years since sector privatisation. Positive developments give a boost to the Buhari administration’s claims to be revamping the Nigerian electricity supply industry (ESI).

Nigeria’s installed on-grid capacity now stands at 12,667.4MW, according to African Energy Live Data, of which 10,729MW (85%) is gas-fired and 1,938.4MW hydro-electric power (HEP). The authoritative database records some 6,516MW of on-grid capacity under construction, including 2,417MW of gas-fired, 3,820MW of HEP, 10MW of wind and 215MW of diesel.

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