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Nigeria makes off-grid push to fix defective power sector

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated a new off-grid gas power plant, but its distribution licence overlaps with that of a much larger idle unit built by a former opposition politician Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated a new off-grid gas power plant, but its distribution licence overlaps with that of a much larger idle unit built by a former opposition politician.
By Felix Janvrin 6 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation 0 33911
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at a China-Nigeria business event in September 2018. (PA)

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated Nigeria’s first off-grid gas-fired power plant last week in Abia state as part of his strategy to alleviate the difficulties faced by his country’s troubled power sector.

The 9.5 MW Ariaria plant was built by Ariaria Market Energy Solutions (AMES), a private consortium sponsored by the government’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA). The plant will power 47,000 small businesses operating at the Ariaria International Market, a major business hub.

The inauguration provided Buhari with a politically useful campaign stop in advance of the...