BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA
The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said that 340 megawatts of electricity would be added to the nationalgrid on or before December.
Fashola said this, yesterday, during his inspection tour of Afam Power Plant in Oyibo local government area of Rivers State, as part of Federal Government Power Sector Recovery Programme.
He said the 340 megawatts of electricity would be generated from Afamn power plant alone while another 270 megawatts would be generated from same facility before end of 2018.
The minister stated that the Afam facility has about 1,000 megawatts of installed capacity which has underperformed due to years of neglect by previous governments.
Fashola said, “Afam 1 to 5 power plants is currently producing about 100 megawatts which is as a result of failure to maintain the facility over the years.
“We are here to assess the progress of the work we have been doing in the last 17 to 18 months aimed to get the facility back to its optimumcapacity.
“The Afam 5 plant is currently being rehabilitated in collaboration with General Electric to restore 240 megawatts to the facility.
“All the turbine and equipment needed for the project are already in the country while the only challenge we are facing is the access road, logistic and few other things that we came to assess.
“We think that we will add 240 megawatts and another 100 megawatts before December with addition of 276 megawatts in 2018 from Afam power plant alone.”
He disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari administration inherited debt running into billions owed to companies which supplied gas to power plants in the country.