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18 January, 2018

FEC Approves Projects in Water, Aviation and Power Sectors

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N3.7 billion for the rehabilitation of Kazaure water project and N656 million for upgrading of obsolete Flight Safety Laboratory and framework for investment in the nation’s power sector.

Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, who alongside the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council’s meeting.

He said the Kazaure water project which was started in 1997 and abandoned in 2000 would soon be resuscitated under the on-going Federal Government’s programme of resuscitating all irrigable land across the country.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said that the upgrading of the flight laboratory was necessitated by the fact that the equipment which was established in 2012 had become obsolete.

Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing said the Council approved a framework of investment at the 33KVA and 11KVA line in expanding the national distribution network, to deliver an extra 2000Megawatts of electricity (to consumers) which is currently not getting to the grid.

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FG to involve more Nigerians in Meter Manufacturing – Fashola The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Thursday said the Federal Government had concluded plans to involve more Nigerians in meter manufacturing. Fashola spoke while inspecting the National Meter Test Station in Oshodi, Lagos. He said that the measure would reduce the pressure on Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) on meter supply. “The core business of DISCOs is to transport energy; their business is not to supply meters. “The government will address metering more vigorously this year with regulations which will open up business in metering to more investors. “This will reduce the pressure on DISCOs so that they can concentrate more on their core business. “So, we will open up the business to other people who want to play in the sector once the meter regulations are completed this year,” he said. Fashola said that Nigeria’s meter journey from 1950 showed that consumers depend on meters from foreign countries. “We have seen Nigeria’s meter journey; the meters from 1950 to date, meters from Greece, Japan, Britain and China. This has shown that how our industry totally depends on meters from foreign countries. “But now, we are beginning to see meters from local manufacturers like Mojec and Moman; that is a good place to be. “At present, we have over 100 million telephone subscribers in Nigeria, but let me ask you, how many telephones are made in Nigeria? “We spend millions of naira to buy telephone from China and still we will go back and borrow money from China. “So, we want to change that in the meter industry; we are happy that some Nigerians are manufacturing meter in Nigeria and we promise to support them,” he said. He added that the National Meter Test, under Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) was to test the accuracy of meters before installation. According to him, the accuracy tests are in two steps, so that the DISCOs will not cheat consumers and consumers do not cheat DISCOs. The minister reiterated the FG’s plan to roll out meters to Nigerian consumers soon. He said: “We plan to roll out meters, and we must”. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NEMSA and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Mr Peter Ewesor, said all meters being used by the DISCOs passed through the centre before installation. According to him, it is not possible for the meters that passed through the centre to shortchange consumers. (NAN) Source: (NAN)
12 January, 2018
Aftermath Of Fire Incident Reported By Gas Processing Company : Tcn , Gencos Working To Restore Operation Of National Grid …We urge members of the public to bear with us as we work to overcome this set back which should be temporary- MINISTRY Regrettably, after a sustained period of increasing production and distribution of power since September 2017 to date, the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC) has reported a fire incident on its Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018. The incident requires a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW, Olorunsogo 338MW, Omotosho NIPP 450MW, Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW power stations. The sudden loss of generation due to interruption in gas supply from these stations caused the national transmission grid to trip off around 20:20 on 2nd January 2018. The national transmission grid is owned and operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). Most of Nigeria's power generation is from thermal power stations that require gas for fuel. The gas is produced by oil and gas companies overseen by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The gas is delivered to the power stations through pipelines owned and operated by Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC). TCN and the generation companies are working to restore operation of the national grid. Once the national grid is restored output from the hydroelectric power stations and all other unaffected gas fired thermal power stations will be increased to the extent possible to minimize the impact of loss of generation from the affected power stations while NNPC takes necessary steps to restore gas supply. We urge members of the public to bear with us as we work to overcome this set back which should be temporary. Signed: MINISTRY OF POWER, WORKS AND HOUSING
3 January, 2018
NEMSA Embarks On A Nationwide Technical Monitoring And Evaluation Of Primary 33kv Feeder Lines With Associated 33/11kv Injection Substations The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has commenced a Nationwide Technical Monitoring and Evaluation of the primary 33KV feeder lines and associated 33/11KV injection substations with supply source from 330/132/33KV transmission substations. The exigency of the exercise is to identify constraints militating against quick realization of the Federal Government’s policy and efforts for sustainability of the incremental, steady and uninterrupted power supply as they are achieved through the 33KV primary feeder lines to the 33/11KV injection substations and subsequently through the 11KV feeder lines and associated distribution transformers and finally to the consumers. Also this is to identify the high risk and technical loss points along the 33KV feeder lines. Again this is to enable NEMSA find out the causes/reasons for load rejection by the DisCos and to make recommendations for dealing with identified issues/challenges. Engr. Peter O. Ewesor, the MD/CEO NEMSA & Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, while on one of the inspections, said “the importance of the exercise cannot be overemphasized in light of the spate of the increasing number of electrical accidents and incidents, power failures/outages at the downstream-of the power value chain (power distribution networks) even when there is a huge increase in power generation in the grid system”. The exercise, which commenced on the 18th of October, 2017, has so far covered Abuja, Ikeja, Kano, Benin, Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Enugu DisCo’s networks and the exercise is still ongoing. Furthermore, Engr. Ewesor said “the exercise will identify high risk defective networks that pose serious threat and danger to operators’ operational staff and the general public for immediate attention and correction/rectification by respective DisCos and TCN.  Therefore, the importance and the expected positive impact of this National Technical Monitoring and Evaluation exercise which is part fulfilment of NEMSA’s mandate cannot be overemphasized. During the exercise, some of the DisCos were given immediate order to effect rectification of the defects and lack of procedures that were observed.
21 December, 2017
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OTHER NEWS
16 January, 2018

Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
Public Procurement Department (Power Sector)

Re - Request for Quotation

The Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing (Power Sector) hereby wishes to inform the general public and the contractors who responded to the REQUEST FOR QUOTATION on (SUPPLY OF ITEMS AND SERVICES) earlier issued via our On-Line portal, dated Thursday 8th December, 2017 as extended is hereby stepped down by the Ministry.

2.    This decision was taken due to some difficulties experienced in our On-Line procurement network and web platform; this caused some stalemates which considerably negated some procurement ethics and the due confidentiality the Ministry seeks to advance.

3.    The Ministry sincerely regrets any inconvenience this decision may have caused the public and the Bidders/Contractors. This action taken by the Ministry is to ensure probity and better service delivery.

4.    Interested contractors are hereby informed that the stepped down procurement shall be repeated among the first round of our procurement Notices/Request for Quotation in the Month of January, 2018.

5.    Thanks for your patronage.

Signed
Permanent Secretary

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Speeches
12 December, 2017

Remarks By Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At The 22nd Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting, Lokoja, Kogi State On Monday, 11th Of December 2017

I welcome you warmly to this monthly meeting holding in Kogi state; which incidentally is our last meeting for the 2017 calendar year.

Therefore, it provides us an opportunity to reflect, not only on what has happened last month but also to assess how far we have progress through the whole year with our road map of incremental, stable and utilmately uninterrupted power.

Please recall that in January 2017, up till March 2017, power production was significantly low, largely as a result of the lack of gas and the disruptions in the Niger Delta.

By collective action of Government and all of you, many of these challenges have either been fully overcome or brought under control and management.

Government has responded with policies and actions like the N701 Billion payment assurance guarantee which has brought confidence to the production side of the power business and resulted in increased power production taking us to an all-time high of over 7,000 MW of power availability.

Government action in Transmission service expansion through TCN, and your feedback about service points where you require service from TCN, has helped to increase Transmission capacity which took us to over 4,000MW grid available power, that was relatively steady.

In the course of the year, slowly but steadily, the incidents of total and partial grid collapses have began to reduce.

Last month, at our meeting in Asaba, we resolved to maintain the progress even though the rains had gone.

I am happy to report that in the last month, reports and feedback confirm that we have surpassed not only our peak of grid supply during the rains, we have surpassed Nigeria’s highest ever peak grid supply.

As at Tuesday 5th of December 2017, the peak supply reached 5,019 MW, which was below the 5,074 MW we achieved in January 2016.

However, on Friday 8th December, 2017, grid supplied power peaked at an all-time high of 5,155 MW, over the January 2016 figure of 5,074 MW.

It is a major milestone in our journey of incremental power and if we keep our feet on the ground and we remain focused and unexcited, we will improve on it, and hopefully get to the second leg of our journey which is steady power.

No one person can claim individual credit for this progress. It is the product of teamwork starting from the leadership provided by President Buhari, many people in Government and in your companies who the public will never see, but all of whom I salute for their service; and of course the hard work by all of you.

While I value the work that you have done, I will implore you to remember that Nigerians expect more and there is still a lot of hard work ahead.

The fact that we can produce over 7,000 MW and can now only put over 5,000 MW on the grid means that we have 2,000 MW of unused power left in a country where many still require power.

This is a new problem that we must resolve.

We must get that 2,000 MW out to the people who need it, because more power is coming in 2018 from places like Azura (450 MW); Katsina wind (10 MW); Gbarain (115 MW); Kashimbilla (40 MW); Afam III (240 MW); Gurara (30 MW); Dadin Kowa (29 MW); and Kaduna (215 MW) to mention a few.

All of these do not include mini-grids and solar systems that are in various stages of development.

This may appear to be a lot of work. Yes, that is one way to see it.

But I see it as a momentous opportunity and privilege to be part of a revolution that will change the course of Nigeria irreversibly for the better.

If you see it this way, you will brace yourself for the exciting journey that lies ahead to solve the problem of lack of meters, estimated billing, and other service related issues.

You will be in a position to  put a smile on the faces of Nigerians who trust in our ability as a Government and a team to deliver on their power expectations.

This part of the journey requires us to think about what we can do individually and collectively about how to make it better.

It requires us to jettison our fixed positions and prejudices, it requires us to offer solutions not disagreements and to demonstrate a willingness to try out new things.

Therefore, as we set out on this new phase of our exciting journey permit to address some of the things we must do quickly from now into the new year of 2018 and beyond.

On Thursday, 7 December 2017, I was listening to a radio program where a small business operator was discussing her fish business and the problems she was encountering.

She was one of the many people whose lives President Buhari is committed to changing for the better.

As you would expect, she complained about power supply but she did not say where she was or where her business is located.

This happening at a time when, as I have announced, that we are now able to produce up to 7,000 MW of power and able to transport a similar capacity.

It happened 48 hours after we successfully reached the peak supply of 5,019 MW put on the grid and distributed on 5th December 2017 and before the peak of 5,155MW.

It happened while the mini grid summit, the largest ever attended in Africa, with 600 participants from about 40 countries holding in Abuja, was coming to its closing stages to decide how to deploy mini grid electric supply to those unserved and under-served places and small businesses in Nigeria.

It showed clearly that there is a gulf between the location of the need and the location of supply.

If we can produce 7,000 MW but we can only distribute about 5,000 MW, the problem has changed from lack of power to locating where the need is and designing a solution that takes the balance of 2,000 MW to those who need it, who can use it and who  can pay for it.

We must act to build the bridge that connects this gulf of supply and demand.

That bridge is a bridge of data and information about finding the location of the businesses and industries that need power and getting the 2,000 MW that is waiting for deployment to them.

The conversation clearly must change from there is no power, to what needs to be done to connect to the 2,000 MW that is available, and the additional power, which will come into production in 2018.

I have taken the first steps towards collecting the data.

I called the DG of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and the President of Manufacturers Organisation on the need to meet with them to do some of the following:

Identify the location of their members who need power and do not have it;

Determine the quality and power rating of their equipment as the basis for an energy audit that tells us what each business or manufacturer needs and what the estate or industrial cluster will need;
Identify the closest connection point to the company from  they can be connected to part of that unused 2000 MW power.

D. Determine the cost of the upgrade and equipment and how it can be financed on a win-win basis between the Genco - Disco and the factory or cluster.

This is the action that my team and I are convinced is necessary to connect supply with demand.

We want to supply power, but everybody must help us by letting us know where they are, especially the big consumers.

This is what the eligible customer seeks to do.

We should stop resisting it and instead embrace it to see what it offers in terms of problem solving.

Policy initiatives such as this take time to settle and they do not come without challenges.

But we cannot understand the challenges, talk less of overcoming them without first trying.

I expect that very early in the New Year, we will be able to achieve a collaboration with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and other Chambers of Commerce and Industry to jointly take this momentous step.

Thank you for your attention.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing

Monday 11th December 2017

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Photo News
10 January, 2018

FIRST FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING OF 2018

Left to Right National Security Adviser MajorGen Babagana Monguno left Minister of Power Housing and Works Babatunde Fashola and Secretary to Government of Federation SGF Mustapa Bossduring the first Federal Executive Council meeting of 2018 presided over by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on Wednesday 10th January 2018

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12 January, 2018

FASHOLA INSPECTS THE NATIONAL METER TEST STATION OSHODI LAGOS

Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSAN 2nd left and Managing DirectorCEO Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency NEMSA Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation Engr Peter Ewesor 2nd right during the inspection visit of the Hon Minister to the NEMSA National Meter Test Station OshodiLagos on Thursday 11th January 2018

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