The Nigerian federal government sets out plans for the energy sector’s generation capacity to be met through traditional and renewable energy resources, ESI Africa.

The Sustainable Energy for All- Agenda (SE4ALL-AA) will increase Nigeria’s power generation from the present 3,000MW to 45,101MW by 2030, with generated renewable energy reaching 13,800MW, according to All Africa.

A director with the Nigerian Ministry of Power, Timothy Oyedeji, said that the deregulation of the sector, which entails greater need for renewable sources would also be required for Nigeria’s future energy needs, in view of its growing population and associated energy demands.

This comes as the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) said generation companies (GenCos) could not produce 3,269MW of electricity as a result of gas shortage to fuel the power plants. The country’s power sector lost more than 371MW due to line constraint in addition to about 479MW owing to high frequency constraint, informed The Nation.

In related, Egypt Oil&Gas reported that The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) would commence the first large scale commercial bio-fuel venture as an alternative to fossil fuel. The initiative would cultivate jatropha plants along the borders of the over 5,000km of NNPC pipeline right-of-way across the country and convert the extracted oil from its seeds to biodiesel to fuel engines.