ICRC moves to boost power generation

Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) Mr Chidi Izuwah has said power generation in the country will soon witness a massive boost.

A statement issued by the commission in Abuja said Izuwah gave the assurance during a consultative visit by the Managing Director, Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, Mr Lamu Audu.

Izuwah said a multi stakeholder collaborative platform would be put in place to ensure that challenges in the sector were addressed on a sustainable basis.

He said lack of new investments was one of the several bottlenecks inhibiting smooth operations in the sector.

The director—-general urged the management of the company and other players in the power generation business to lay emphasis on capacity and energy charge.

‘‘All parties need to seek for solutions that work for government and at the same time support and encourage private investment in the economy,” he said.

Izuwah also pledged total commitment of the ICRC in ensuring that infrastructural transformation agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, including the provision of stable power for Nigerians was realised.

Audu, speaking on the purpose of the visit said it was a follow up to a recent monitoring visit undertaken by a team from the ICRC to the company’s facilities in Jebba and Shiroro.

According to him, presently, the company generates the cheapest power in the country and is willing to make new investments including the development of an industrial cluster.

He stated that installed capacity for the power plant was 1,338 Megawatts (MW) while available power stood at 922 MW and stranded power on the other hand stood at 250 MW.

Audu said  the company was at the verge of signing a 96 MW deal at Jebba.

He, however, lamented that the operational environment was not conducive for further investment, putting the company’s outstanding receivable at N112 billion.

He sought a review of  concession fees which was denominated in dollars instead of the local currency.

 ICRC was established to regulate Public Private Partnership (PPP) activities in Nigeria, to address physical infrastructure deficit which hampered economic development.

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