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Nigeria Cuts Supply of Electricity to Benin Republic, Togo, Niger to Foster Domestic Supply

 

In a bid to bolster domestic power availability, the Federal Government has taken decisive steps to curtail electricity exports to neighboring countries including Benin Republic, Togo, and Niger.

 

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has directed the Transmission Company of Nigeria’s System Operator (SO) to limit power supply to these three neighboring nations to a maximum of six percent. This directive, effective from May 1, 2024, and lasting for six months, aims to optimize domestic electricity provision.

 

Expressing concerns over the impact of sub-optimal grid dispatch practices on Distribution Companies (DisCos), NERC emphasized the need for fair and transparent grid operations. The move comes amidst challenges faced by DisCos in fulfilling service tariff commitments due to excessive reliance on international off-takers.

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NERC highlighted discrepancies in international contracts with Generation Companies (GenCos), leading to overutilization by some off-takers during peak periods without penalties. To address these issues, the regulatory body has mandated the system operator to implement a pro-rata load-shedding scheme, ensuring equitable distribution of electricity among all stakeholders.

 

Furthermore, NERC emphasized the installation of integrated Internet of Things (IoT) meters to monitor and streamline electricity distribution, with a deadline of three months for completion.

 

These measures underscore Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing domestic electricity supply while ensuring fairness and efficiency in cross-border transactions.

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