The Federal Government of Nigeria has started considering the possibilities of connecting the Republic of Chad, its West African neighbor to the national grid.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had on June 22, 2020, said the government of the Republic of Chad approached the Nigerian government for connection to the country’s electricity grid. It said the request was made by the Chadian ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Chachaimi during a visit to Minister of Power Sale Mamman Sale in Abuja.
Giving an update, the TCN on Sunday said a meeting was held last week to deliberate on Chad’s request.
“Meeting between Ministry of Power, TCN and the Chadian Minister of Energy, Mrs Ramatou Mahamat Houtouin to discuss the possibilities of connecting the Republic of Chad to the Nigerian national grid on Wednesday, 21st October 2020,” the TCN said via its Twitter page.
With power generation hanging between 3000 and 4,500 megawatts in recent years, Nigeria currently exports electricity to three neighbouring countries; Togo, Benin and Niger.
Meanwhile, power generation fell to 3,474.5MW as of 6 am on Sunday from the 3,776.5MW reported the day before (Saturday), according to the data provided by the Nigerian Electricity System Operator.
The number of idle power plants rose from 8 on Saturday to 11 on Sunday. They included Ibom Power, Ihovbor, Geregu II, Sapele II, Trans-Amadi, Alaoji, Olorunsogo II, Omotosho II, Gbarain, ASCO and AES.
There are twenty-seven power plants connected to the national grid.