Jonathan Approves Construction Of 765KV Super
Jul. 9, 2011 - Juliet Alohan - leadership.ng
President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the construction
of 765KV super-grid transmission network to address
the nation’s power challenge, Minister of Power,
Prof. Barth Nnaji, has disclosed.
The minister made the disclosure yesterday at a
special media briefing in Abuja, in commemoration
of the first 100 days of President Goodluck Jonathan’s
administration, while noting that the current 330KV
and 132KV transmission network had become grossly
“There is a plan to develop a super grid,
right now the country has 330KV network, and 132KV
network, but to distribute power across the country
with great efficiency we need a higher voltage of
transmission network, which is the 765kv transmission
network, and the plan has already been approved” he
Nnaji explained that the super grid project would
come in stages, according to him, “the first
stage is to agree that we are going to embark on
such as project, which the President has approved
that we will do it.
Then there will be feasibility study, feasibility
study is already in process, and then there will
be the design.
Explaining further, he said: “It is only after
this that you do a request for proposal on who will
carry out the project. The project is supposed to
take four years from the time when we give notice
to proceed with the construction of it, and the good
thing is that it will come in phases. As you get
somewhere and you build a sub-station for it, then
it will be able to solve the problem of that area.”
Speaking further, Nnaji stated that as part of committed
efforts to tackle the power challenge, government
was planning to construct three additional coal power
plants of 1,000MW each in Kogi, Enugu and Gombe States.
He noted that the policy of previous administrations
have not favourd coal production, stating that part
of the problem was that coal and power were being
treated as one business. “But what we are doing
is to ensure that coal is treated as a business unto
itself and selling it to power producers, that is
how it is supposed to be,” he stressed.
“Although it will take a number of years to
do this, but we have to get started. The administration
is not looking at how long it will take to complete
the project, but the vision of the President is to
get started,” he said.
He further stated that government has adopted two
key strategies, which are: to achieve short term
improvement and stabilisation of power, and long
term stability. He informed that President Goodluck
Jonathan has instructed that whatever amount of power
currently being generated must not be allowed to
drop, noting that fluctuation of power was frustrating.
On current generation, Nnaji said: We have installed
capacity of 6,000MW at our power plants, but currently
we generate only about a third of that, which is
not supposed to be so.