There are 3 top major electricity companies in the country. Electricity in Nigeria is no longer control by one source. Over the years, the Nigerian government have worked tirelessly to see to it that electricity in the country could be made available from various sources and locations within the country. On this note they decided to build more power units and also privatized the power sector so to make sure that electricity companies could take it up from there and make power available to every Nigerians regardless where they me be in any part of the country.
In a move to make power supply accessible to every Nigerian, Electricity supply was deregulated by government into three units, namely; Transmission Unit, Generating Units and Distributing Units. This three units are managed by various electricity companies of which we shall list them according to their various units and also include their locations.
Electricity Companies in Nigeria According to their Units
The Transmission unit is managed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), a company which was brewed in 2005 from the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) as a product of the merger of the Transmission and Operations. TCN, is located in Lagos.
The generating units were given to Six Companies and we shall highlight them one after the other;
1. Egbin Power: This is one of the electricity companies in Nigeria that is responsible for the generation of power in Western Nigeria. It is rated as the biggest power generating station in Nigeria because of it installed capacity of 1320MW consisting of Six Units of 220MW each. The power station is located at Ijede/Egbin, in Ikorodu part of Lagos State.
2. Afam Power: Afam , is one of the electricity companies in Nigeria that also plays a major role in the generation of power in Southern Nigeria. The company is located in Port Harcourt and the Neighboring states around Rivers State depend on Afam power for electricity. The plant is a new project by FIPL.
3. Sapele Power. Though still located in Southern Nigeria, Sapele Power company, function as a thermal power generating plant. It generates power to some states surrounding Delta State and the company is located in Sapele in Delta State. It was a subsidiary of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
4. Transcorp Power Company: This company is a gas-fired thermal plant, another power generating company situated in Delta State, it also covers those states surrounding Delta State and its located in Ughelli. It was formerly called Ughelli Power Plant. In 2015, Transcorp Ughelli Power Limited and Ughelli Power Plc merged up and Transcorp Power Limited was brewed. Transcorp power plant operates with an installed capacity of 972MW and can generate 2500GWh of electricity per year.
5. Shiroro Hydro-Electric Company: This is a power generating company that generates electricity to some Northern Part of Nigeria. It is an hydroelectric power plant situated in Kaduna River, in Niger State. The power plant operates with an installed capacity of 600MW which can supply electricity to over 400,000 homes.
6. Kanji Hydro-Electric Company: This is the second power generating company situated in Kanji Dam, a dam across Niger River in Niger State. Now because Northern Nigeria has many state, the company cover other part of the states in Northern Nigeria.
This unit was given to eleven reputable companies to distribute electricity to every parts of Nigeria. They are as follows;
1. Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc: This is one of the eleven electricity companies that was mandated to distribute electricity in the country. The company distributes power within the country’s capital city, Abuja, Kogi State, Nassarawa State and Niger State.
2. Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc: This is another successful electricity companies in Nigeria. The company is located in Edo State and they are responsible for the distribution of electricity in Edo State, Ekity State, Ondo State and Delta State.
3. Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc: The company is responsible for the distribution of electricity in Southern parts of Lagos and Agbara in Ogun state. The company is located in Lagos State.
4. Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc: This electricity company is located in Enugu state and they are responsible for the distribution of power in Enugu State, Anambra State, Ebonyi State, Abia State and Imo State. Their services are commendable.
5. Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc: This electricity company is located in Oyo State and it is responsible for the distribution power in Oyo State, Kwara State,Ekiti State, Ogun State, Osun State, parts of Niger and Kogi State.
6. Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company plc: This is the second electricity company in Lagos State, it is located at Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. The company distributes electricity to more than 700,000 customers in Lagos State.
7. Jos Electricity Distribution Company Plc: This one of the electricity companies in Nigeria responsible for the distribution of electricity in Plateau State, Bauchi, Gombe, Benue and part of Kaduna State.
8. Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc: Kano Electricity is one of the distribution companies in Nigeria that provides power to Kano State, Jigawa and Katsina State.
9. Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company Plc: This company plays a major role in the distribution of electricity in Kaduna State, Zamfara State, Sokoto State and Kebbi State.
10. Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company Plc: This is an electricity company located in Rivers State, it is responsible for the distribution of electricity in Rivers State, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Cross Rivers State.
11. Yola Electricity Distribution Company Plc: This is another reputable distribution company who supplies electricity in Adamawa State, Borno State, Yobe and Taraba State.
If you think of the major electricity companies in Nigeria, the ones listed above should come first. They are responsible for the transmission, generation and distribution of electricity in Nigeria and their services are quite commendable.