Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing for Nigeria, has said that an additional 945 MW would be added to the Nigerian national grid before the end of 2018. Fashola said that additional power would be generated from the 450 MW Azura Edo plant, the 215 MW Kaduna power plant, the 240 MW Afam V power plant, and the 40 MW Kashimbilla hydropower plant in Taraba State.
He said that the power sector has recorded successful improvement in incremental power capacity in generation, transmission, and distribution. He said: “We are currently adding an average of 1000 MW annually to the national grid.” He added that generation capacity stood at 7000 MW, while transmission and distribution capacity was at 5000 MW, implying that 2000 MW was stranded. The Nigerian Government claims to have committed $200 million to procure and install equipment to help distribute the stranded 2000 MW to consumers around the country.