The Energy sector will focus on the following infrastructure development priorities:
■ Power – First, power generation is set to increase by 2018 to reach the target level of 20 GW. The immediate focus will be placed on gas and hydro- power generation through execution of 13 priority hydro and five priority gas projects, with the option to add alternative power sources after 2023. Secondly, transmission capacity is envisaged to be strengthened and increased, with an immediate focus on the cross-national grid. Adequate transmission lines (330KV, 132KV, 66KV) should be extended and commensurate sub-stations to wheel 20 GW should be put in place in the short-term. The extension/growth of the transmission capacity should be planned such that transmission losses, ease of connectivity to planned production plants and access to distribution points are taken into consideration. The growth in both the production and transmission capacity should be carried out along with capacity building of adequate manpower to handle the associated projects. A plant each will be established on biomass, wind, solar and nuclear energy during the plan period. The ongoing construction work on three Centres of Excellence in Hydropower Research and Development in University of Ilorin, Ilorin; Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Research and Development in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; and Centre of Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation in University of Lagos, Lagos will be completed during the plan period to strengthen infrastructure in Nigeria.
■ Oil and gas – over the next five years, increase in the capacity of the pipeline network is planned to support gas-to-power and gas-to-industry needs. The planned projects include ELPSII, OB3, QIT-OB3, Calabar-Umuahia Ajaokuta, Obigbo Node – Ajaokuta, and Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipelines and related gas handling and processing facilities and LPG and LNG processing and bottling plants. Also, establishment of industrial park Ogidigbe free trade zone is foreseen. Four refineries in Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Kogi, and Bayelsa States are also planned to meet the domestic demand for petroleum products. Continued investments in crude production and exploration projects are planned to meet the sector targets.