The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has given eight companies licences to generate 1,648.25mw and also a licence to a distribution company to distribute power.
In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, Dr. Usman Arabi, the Head of Public Affairs Department of NERC, said the licences were three categories of embedded generation (55mw), two off-grid generation (525mw) and six on-grid generation (1,588mw).
It named licencees as Ossiomo Offistes and Utilities Power and Infrastructure, based in Edo State, which would engage in electricity distribution and in embedded generation.
It added that Ossiomo Distribution Company would generate 55mw of gas power through embedded generation.
Other companies are Cummins Power Generation Nigeria Limited in Ikeja with capacity for 3.5mw, off-grid, and Lafarge Africa Plc for on-grid, gas-fired generation of 260mw in Ewekoro, Ogun State.
The Independent Power Generation Company Limited in Onitsha, Anambra State is an on-grid gas-fired plant to generate 528mw and Azikel Power Limited, on-grid licence to produce 500mw in Bayelsa State, the statement said.
It added that Middle Band Solar One Limited in Kogi State was given on-grid licence to produce 100mw, while Sinosun Investment Limited in Kastina State received on-grid, solar power generation licence for 100mw.
The statement also said LR-Aaron Power Limited, located in Gwagalada, FCT, got licence for 100mw solar powered electricity generation.
It added that there were six gas-fired generation licences with a combined capacity of 1,348mw, as well as three solar generations with combined capacity for 300mw.