FG Awards 17 Licenses To Independent Electricity Distribution Networks Operators

FG Awards 17 Licenses To Independent Electricity Distribution Networks Operators

The Federal Government (FG) said on Tuesday that it has awarded licenses to 17 Independent Electricity Distribution Networks operators, of which 10 are presently active.

This was revealed in the 2022 Market Competition Report released on Tuesday by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, a Federal Government department.

This was revealed by the government while offering a breakdown of the country’s power distribution segment. Nigeria’s power sector is divided into three segments: generation, transmission, and distribution.

According to the NERC’s 2022 Market Competition Report, “All the 11 successor Discos (distribution companies) have been privatised. Ownership and management of the Discos have been transferred to private investors.

“Additional private distribution company has been licensed in a specified franchised area. 17 Independent Electricity Distribution Networks’ operators have been licenced, of which 10 are operational as at December 2022.

“The regulator explained that the market competition report was prepared in compliance with Section 24(2) of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2004, which mandates the commission to prepare an annual report for the minister as to the potential for competition in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry.

“This report provides a review of the level of competition in the NESI and assesses the progress for a transition to a more competitive market. The report further provides recommendations for transition to a more competitive market pursuant to Section 26 of ESPRA.

“The report is directed at a wide spectrum of readers including government officials and institutions, private sector, energy economists, engineers, financial and market analysts, potential investors as well as general readers,” the commission stated.


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