The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has directed the System Operator to prioritize the dispatching of all power generated by the three hydro power stations in Nigeria in order to manage effectively the water inflow into the dams.
The order is also meant to check the result of flooding that might occur if there is an eventual spill or over flow of accumulated water in their reservoirs.
The NERC Order referenced; NERC/182/2019 titled, “Order on the mandatory dispatch of hydro power plants in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry” was signed by the commission Chairman, Prof James Momoh and Commissioner, Licencing and Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye and dated 18th September 2019.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency in her 2019 Forecast declared the likelihood of massive flood following increased rainfall in the communities along the upper River Niger especially in Niger Republic and disastrous consequences if preventive measures are not put in place in Nigeria to assuage the effects.
By the Order, whatever is generated by the three hydro power stations; Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro would be given priority and called up first before other stations that run on gas. In an event of any deviation from this Order, the System Operator is mandated to submit to NERC a written report with 48hours.
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In line with the extant law and provisions of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the