In countries like Nigeria, the grid is so unreliable that many industrial clusters and other consumers generate electricity with their own diesel generators. If a gas pipeline and gas-fired power plant can be constructed, a mini-grid can be created displacing the need for this polluting type of self-generation. This is what Geometric Power is attempting to do in the industrial city of Aba, Nigeria. The objective of this project is to generate 105 MW of electricity and supply to industrial as well as commercial and residential customers in Aba. Geometric Power will distribute electricity and will make investments to reduce line losses and provide customer service to their customers. The project will provide high quality and reliable electricity to customers that are currently either receiving extremely poor service through the national grid or, more typically, self-generating expensive electricity from diesel generators. The project will also serve less profitable commercial and residential customers as part of its commitment to the community.
Currently, only 30% of Nigerians have access to electricity. Those people that are connected to the grid may face black-outs 30% of the time and brown-outs more often. In Aba, on average only 30% of the industrial load is served by the grid. And private generation is expensive ($0.15 to $0.20/kwH) By providing reliable electric supply to this cluster and its industrial customers, the project would make production cheaper, with related benefits to the Nigerian economy. It would also help meet the massive generation shortage that exists in Nigeria. The secure electricity system is key to economic development, and a lack of stable power in Nigeria is a major drag on economic development.