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September 4, 2015

JICA to conduct a Comprehensive Power Sector Master Plan Study in Nigeria

The epileptic nature of power supply in Nigeria has hindered further economic growth and is primarily responsible for the high cost of production and services in the country. To address this challenge and the lack of a long-term power development plan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in cooperation mainly with the Federal Ministry of Power, and Transmission Company (TCN) commenced the Project for Master Plan Study on National Power System Development (in Nigeria) in August 2015, the 25 plan will cover the period from 2015 to 2040.

The purpose of this project is to develop a power development master plan which will include power demand forecast, developing a least cost plan, and an optimal power generation master plan which takes into account constraints on primary energy supply and energy best mix, and to develop a power transmission development plan based on the above power generation plan.

On Friday 4th September, the first Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting was held at the Federal Ministry of Power with the Permanent Secretary, Ambassador (Dr) Godknows Igali in attendance as well as Directors from the Ministry, Representatives from TCN, other related agencies, and development partners.

In his remarks, Ambassador (Dr) Godknows Igali expressed gratitude to JICA and shared the policy of the Government which is to provide reliable power for economic development. He also said that with the long term projection of the proposed master plan study, the study is crucial as the report will assist Nigeria to harmonise energy-related studies carried out by different organizations including donors.

Mr Hirotaka Nakamura, Chief Representative of JICA Nigeria office in his key note address reiterated the importance reliable electric power to the economy. As a principle of the project, data gathering, analysis, and planning will be done in collaboration with Nigerian counterparts from related entities.

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