Power Generation: Lagos Targets 3,000MW In 7 Years
By Ogbolu George with agency report
Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, said the state government plans to generate up to 3,000 mega watts of power within the next seven years.
Ambode disclosed this when receiving the presentation of the Lagos State Embedded Power Technical Committee report, a public and private sector initiative.
The governor said that the intervention was to ensure generation of power through accelerated deployment of various embedded power plants in strategic locations in the state within three to seven years.
”It is planned that 350MW of this incremental power will be delivered by the first quarter of 2018, additional 850MW by the fourth quarter of 2018 and the balance of 1,800MW not later than the third quarter of 2022.
”The state government will support the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) that will be signed between the distribution companies and the embedded power providers, to enhance bankability of the projects.
Ambode said the embedded power will be distributed off-grid, within Lagos state through the networks of Eko and Ikeja Distribution Companies (DISCOs).
He also pledged to support the DISCOs in upgrading their distribution infrastructure, and installation of smart pre-paid meters in the areas where embedded power is deployed.
The Governor also said the collaboration would include support for collection, appropriate legislation and enforcement of power theft laws.
Ambode also said that if power was supplied in Lagos it would positively affect the whole country, because the problem of power in the country is transmission.
He admonished all stakeholders to come together and find a lasting solution to the power crisis as it can not be left to the Federal Government alone.