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Unsustainable economics drive Nigerian industry towards ‘state of emergency’

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Issue 334 - 10 Nov 2016 - By David Slater | 5 minute read

A number of investors remain interested in buying into generation companies (gencos) and distribution companies (discos) in Africa’s most populous country, but they face a daunting prospect, with President Muhammadu Buhari’s election promise to overhaul the dysfunctional electricity supply industry (ESI) still falling far short. Trends revealed by the African Energy Database show that, while installed capacity has increased in recent years, the availability of these plants has decreased to an average of 6,541.6MW in January-September 2016 and output declined to an average 3,054.6MWh/h – pitifully low for a country of over 174m people.

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