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NDPHC owed N160bn over sold 20% power generated



NDPHC owed N160bn over sold 20% generated power

The power sector owes Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) an outstanding balance of N160 billion, Chiedu Ugbo, the managing director, has disclosed on Wednesday.

He added that of the total power that the company generates, it is able to supply only 20 per cent to the national grid and only 30 per cent of this is paid for, while it is being owed 70 per cent of the supplied which now stands at N160 billion.

The NDPHC is Nigeria’s power company fully subscribed to by the federal, state and local governments with a mandate to manage the power projects tagged ‘National Integrated Power Projects.’

Speaking at the headquarters of the power firm in Abuja, Ugbo explained that only about 30 per cent of the power supplied to the national electricity grid by the NDPHC was being paid for by the sector.

He noted that if not for the intervention of the Federal Government through its payment assurance facility, it would have been practically impossible for power generation companies to produce electricity.

Ugbo said, “On the level of indebtedness, I don’t evacuate all that I generate but only get to evacuate about 20 per cent based on the constraints in the sector and out of this we don’t get 70 per cent of the payment. We only get about 30 per cent.

“As at the last time I checked, as of May 31, we were owed N190 billion, although some payments have come from the payment assurance. So it should be somewhere around N160 billion now.”

He added, “And this is for electricity generated, sold to the grid, consumed but not paid for. It is not the opportunity we lost, it is actually the service we offered, the goods we sold and is unpaid for.”

The NDPHC boss further stated that his firm had started supplying power directly to eligible customers, as means of shoring up its revenue in order to be able to run the company.

Eligible customers are direct customers of generation companies and they do not get supply from the power distribution companies nor use the Discos assets. They are primarily customers of generation companies.

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