Nigeria now generates and transmits two megawatts (MW) of electricity into her national grid from the 10MW Katsina wind power farm in Lambar Rimi Katsina, the country’s power minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Monday claimed.
Speaking on a television show – the Morning Show, of Arise News Network in the country’s capital city Abuja, Fashola, stated that the Katsina wind farm which has remained practically unfinished for years was now generating power for the country. He however stated that 22 of the farm’s turbines were yet to be fixed and turned on. In March, local newspapers reported that project contractors at the farm which was started in 2010, stated that nine turbines of the 37 in the farm would be commissioned then.
Checks could however not confirm the contribution of the wind farm to the country’s power mix from the Nigerian Electricity Systems Operator, a semi-autonomous department of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) which operates the country’s electricity transmission system and the connected installed generation in a safe and reliable manner. Similarly, the website of the Advisory Power Team in the office of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, which usually posts daily statistics on how Nigeria’s power sector fared, did not have any record of the power to the grid from the Katsina wind farm.