Data released by the National Bureau of Statistics indicates that in the three months ending June 2017, Nigeria’s 25 power plants generated a paltry 2,503MW of electricity while the Federal Governments investments in Transmission infrastructure led to a grid capacity of nearly 6000MW, Business Day reports.

The data showed that the power plants did not fully utilise this capacity. “The power generation statistics for Q2 2017 reflected that a total average of 2,503 GWh of energy was generated by power stations as Egbin Power Plant contributed about 11.22 percent share of the average energy generated which represents the highest generation among the twenty-fivee (25) power plants within the period under review,” said the NBS.

Industry operators frequently cite the inability of the national grid to wheel electricity generated as a major problem afflicting the sector but the data has shown that gas availability and resolving commercial terms are currently Nigeria’s biggest challenges within the power sector.