Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), said it was targeting 400 megawatts, MW, of embedded power supply to its consumers within the next one year.
Mr Oladele Amoda, Chief Executive Officer, EKEDC, said the essence of the embedded power generation was to avoid rationing electricity supply to consumers within the network, as well as save the zone from depending on the national grid.
Embedded generation is the term used for any electricity generating plant that is connected to the regional electricity distribution networks.
He explained that under the embedded scheme, the energy supply control of the zone will not be subjected to grid manipulation or issue of incessant system collapse.
“We are starting gradually to round up with about 400MW embedded energy supply by next year. Many power companies have indicated interest to partner with us.
At the expiration of the ongoing advert we are going to pick the choice company to partner with.
According to him, “Before drawing the Private Partnership Agreement (PPA), the zone will inform the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Agency (NERC) before rolling out the first embedded electricity generation into the system by July 2014.
Amoda said that about 35 companies had obtained application forms to partner with EKEDC on the embedded power supply, adding that the company was looking up to 100 companies to key into the scheme.
He also said that company was discussing with some big companies such as Flour Mills, Honeywell, and others who generate more than what they can use on captive power solution.
Amoda identified shortage of gas as another major factor that was militating against regular supply of electricity to the state.
He attributed the low shedding of electricity to the 250 MW EKEDC receives as against the expected 700 MW capacity.