The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has given fresh power generation licences to 14 operators to build and generate up to 2,809.1 megawatts (MW) of electricity, despite the lingering financial crisis rocking the country’s power sector, a quarterly report of the commission has revealed.
According to the 2017 third quarter regulatory report of NERC, which was recently released, the licences included nine on-grid generation plants with a total nameplate capacity of 2,738 MW and five captive power generation plants with a total capacity of 71.1 MW.
The report also showed that the regulatory agency is concerned that the electricity distribution companies are hoarding market funds to the detriment of the other members of the value chain and is working on a framework to stop the Discos from keeping more than their due income in the market.
The report said the new licences brought the number of power generation licences so far issued by NERC to 132. It added that 93 of them were on-grid licences; 29 were off-grid and 10 were independent electricity networks.