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Nigeria’s plans for embedded generation hit obstacles

Nigeria’s problems in installing new generation capacity from a variety of sources are reflected in faltering plans to develop embedded power projects, which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (Nerc) defines as electricity generated and sold directly to an offtaker or distribution company (disco). Progress is reported by a few generators, including Eko Power, which in 2014 announced it was looking to sell 1GW on an embedded basis to discos from 2019, but momentum has been slower than many expected. According to developer Genesis Energy’s founder, Akinwole Omoboriowo, the government remains strongly committed to embedded power as a complement to conventional grid supply.

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