The Secretary General of West African Power Pool (WAPP), Siengui Apollinaire Ki has commended the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), for the quality of training it delivers.
He made the commendation during the opening ceremony of NAPTIN's training programme for eighty Liberia Electric Corporation (LEC) employees recently at the Institute’s Regional Training Centre, Lagos.
The Secretary General, who was represented by WAPP Director of Finance and Administration, Baba Jarjusey, said, “we are satisfied with NAPTIN'S training”, adding that, “this is a training, if it were to be taken to Europe or America, would cost more and may not reflect the socio-economic traits of Liberia”. He urged NAPTIN to keep up the good work and emphasized the role of West African Power Pool (WAPP), which is created to establish a unified Electricity Market in West African Sub Region, saying that this can only be achieved through adequate and well trained manpower.
In his response, the Ag. Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode commended and thanked the West African Power Pool (WAPP), African Development Bank (AFDB) and the Liberia Electric Corporation (LEC) for the training opportunity, and more especially for the confidence reposed in NAPTIN.
Nagode further reveled that between 2017 and 2018, the WAPP had sponsored thirty six Liberia Electric Corporation (LEC) employees, who were trained in NAPTIN. The success recorded in the previous training encouraged them to now come up with eighty additional employees to be trained in various trades in the Electricity Value Chain.
Nagode also commended the Chairman of the West African Power Pool and the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for their leadership roles in WAPP and the support given to NAPTIN
The Federal Government through the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has commissioned 1×30/40MVA, 132/33KV power substations in Wudil and Dan Agundi Municipal Local Governments of Kano State.
Speaking during the commissioning, the Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, said the contract was awarded more than nine years ago, but the project was abandoned until the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration in its commitment to improve power supply in the country.
According to him, TCN has raised $1.623 billion for transmission, rehabilitation and expansion programme aimed at improving the power grid to 20,000 Megawatts (MW) by 2021.He revealed that the programme, which was sponsored by the World Bank, would improve electricity supply across Nigeria.
Mohammed also explained that the Wudil substation would improve power supply in seven local government areas, namely: Wudil, Garko, Albasu, Gaya, Garko, Sumaila and Ajingi, noting that the project would enhance their socioeconomic well-being.
In his remarks, the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, expressed appreciation for the actualization of the project, which according to him, would boost Kano’s economic and commercial status.
According to Ganduje, Kano is the economic hub of Northern Nigeria, but facing challenges of insufficient power supply, noting that these kind of projects would get the State back to its hitherto economic status. Saying “this project will certainly enhance the socioeconomic life of the seven local governments that are within this axis”.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that it is presently back feeding Kano disco feeders affected by the recent failure of one of its 150MVA 132/33kV power transformers in Kumbotso Transmission Substation from other available 2 x 150MVA transformers in the station to ensure consistent bulk electricity supply, while it effects repairs on the 150MVA 330/132kV power transformer which tripped earlier this year in the substation.
In a statement signed by the GM Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that on the 1st of January this year, one of its 150MVA transformers in Kumbutso substation tripped, causing TCN lose about 90MW on the Kano –Kankia – Katsina 132 kV line 1, which feeds Kankia, Katsina and Daura as well as the Kumbotso – Dakata 132 kV transmission lines, thereby affecting supply to Kankia,Katsina and Daura in Katsina State as well as Sabon Gari, Dakata, Bompai, Mariri and Gezawa in Kano State.
According to the statement, the faulty transformer had since been isolated and its bulk electricity load delivery to Kano Disco had also been rearranged to ensure that customers fed from this transformer still receive electricity. Presently Dakata Substation feeds from Transformer T2A through Hadejia line while Kankia-Katsina and Daura now gets supply from Transformer T4A. Tamburawa Substation on the other hand now receives power supply through Kaduna-Zaria-Kano 132kV transmission line.
Meanwhile, TCN engineers have equally carried out intensive tests on the faulty transformer, which revealed that short circuit in the winding caused the tripping. Consequently, requisite parts for repair work were quickly procured and repair works have commenced in earnest to quickly bring the 150MVA power transformer back into circuit.
TCN noted that the Kumbotso Transmission Substation is one of the substations in which it plans to put in place N-1 capacity this year, noting that it has procured transformers, including 150MVA capacity, currently at the nation’s sea ports waiting to berth, which the Company is working with the Ports Authority to fast track its clearance and to enable it take two number 150MVA 330/132kV transformers to Kumbotso Substation and other substations where the transformers are to be installed.
TCN apologized for inconveniences to the Governor and good people of Kano State and pledged to quickly resolve the problem with the faulty transformer as well as make every effort to ensure that the new transformers are cleared and installed. The transformers once installed, would further increase total transmission capacity nationwide
Our focus this week on the Power Sector Recovery Programme is on the tenth “Action Steps towards PSRP Intervention Implementation”. Which is, Restore proper sector governance: Restore proper sector governance to improve investor confidence.
The Action steps towards implementation include:
* Current BPE directors in DisCio Boards are replaced by qualified independent professionals through a transparent process.
* Identification and appointment of qualified board of sector agencies including NBET, TCN, NELMCO, NEMSA, NDPHC and REA.
* Provide extensive and continuous training for FGN board representatives
* FGN to put in place a special police department or provide DisCos with required police staff to help them enforce payment discipline. Engage State Governments to use local courts to adjudicate energy offences
There is no budgetary provision for the construction of the 3,050 megawatts Mambila hydropower project, the Federal Government declared on Sunday in Abuja., just as it said the claims that the loan negotiations for the project had stalled since 2017 because of an attempt to utilize $600m (N219bn) from the project for an alleged pet project not hitherto considered by the Federal Executive Council were false and misleading.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, condemned reports suggesting that the project had been stalled, adding that the China Exim Bank would only disburse money for specific projects such as the Mambila power project after the conclusion of negotiations.
The Minister said: “Nothing is further from the truth than the claim that the loan negotiations have stalled since 2017 because of an attempt to utilize $600m (equivalent of N219bn) from the 3,050MW hydropower project for a ‘pet project’ not hitherto considered by the Federal Executive Council. There is currently no budgetary provision or cash provision of $600m or the N219bn in any budget of the Federal Government for the Mambila project”. “Therefore you cannot attempt to divert what does not exist”.
Fashola added, “For the avoidance of doubt, the China Exim Bank disburse money to specific projects and on conclusion of negotiations, the loan will be devoted to the construction of the Mambila Power Project, which has been on the drawing board for close to 40 years before the advent of the Buhari’s Administration, which is now working assiduously to get the project off the ground.” He said the allegation with regard to stalling the Mambilla project was untrue and baseless.
According to him, events and relevant facts would show that he first presented a memo on the Mambilla Power Project to the Federal Executive Council in August 2017. This, he said, was the first ever Federal Executive Council approval given to the Mambilla hydro power project in favor of a Chinese Joint venture. After which, he also accompanied the President twice to China on trips that had the project as one of the headline agenda.
The Minister further stated that in June 2018, he attended alongside officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance, a meeting of the China Exim Bank to negotiate the terms of the loan for the project further.
He said that just last week, after the Federal Executive Council Meeting, he briefed Nigerians about the approval of contracts for surveyors to demarcate the areas for the project. According to him, these were the first contracts to start preparatory work on the project after 40 years’ delay.
No amount of negative effort to distract, intimidate or threaten the Minister in the performance of his duties in line with the pledge of the present Government to the Nigerian people on the provision of adequate infrastructure in all relevant sectors of the economy will succeed
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said it received more money in 2017 than it did in 2016 from power sector investors who sought for regulatory permits or renew the licenses they held in Nigeria’s power market.
According to NERC, it received in 2017, N538.219 million from investors as payments for new permits and renewal of permits, as against N382.708 million it got in 2016. This represented an increase of N155.511 million or 40.6 per cent.
These figures were contained in latest audited financial statement of the Commission for the year 2017, signed by three Commissioners of the NERC Sanusi Garba, who is the Vice Chairman of NERC, Dafe Akpeneye, Commissioner for Legal, Licensing and Enforcement, and Nathan Shatti, Commissioner for Finance and Management Services, posted its webpage.
NERC equally noted that it recorded an increase in the amount of money accruable to it from the total revenue of the country’s electricity market, from N8.078 billion in 2016, to N8.661 billion in 2017.
According to it, it is statutorily entitled to 1.5 per cent of tariff charges per kilowatt hour (kWh) from power generation companies (GenCos) and another 1.5 per cent of licensee’s charges per kWh net of the cost of generation and transmission of electricity.
Another revenue source which the NERC accounted for in its annual financial statement was a N45.750 million grant it got from the MacArthur Foundation, in support of its efforts to improve accountability and public knowledge of the power sector
The Rural Electrification Fund (REF), which is implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) on Thursday signed agreements for disbursement of N1.9billion grant for the execution of mini-grid and solar home system.
The project is aimed at accelerating economic and human capacity development in rural communities by the rapid deployment of adequate electricity supply to the development of all the sectors of the economy, through private sector developers.
Signing the agreement in Abuja, Managing Director of the Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi, recalled that previous Administrations had tried to secure the grant for several years in vain but it was actualized in 20 months under the present Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
On how much grant was given to each beneficiary, she explained that it depends on each project as the fund viewed them separately before providing 25% to 75% of the total project sum.
A fact sheet on the project, however, noted that the grant is going to impact on 19,130 of total solar home system, at a cost of N995, 667, 434, and is to be implemented by 14 indigenous suppliers. It is however expected to deploy 12 mini-grid for N956, 916,000 by 12 indigenous mini-grid developers, and the project deployment time is within the one year of 2019.
The grant, REA noted, will create over 400 jobs, empower over 43,000 household and businesses that will receive safe and reliable electricity in the rural areas. It is expected to reduce carbon emissions. Greenhouse carbon emission is to be reduced annually by over 5,000 metric tons.
One of the beneficiaries, Chief Executive Officer, Nayo Technology Ltd, Okenwa Anayo, who got a grant of N96.3million which is 50% of the project cost, said: “This will give us the needed soft landing in financing our projects. It gives us opportunity to go further to rural areas to invest rural mini-grid. This is the best way to fast-track energy for rural people in Nigeria using distributed power.”
Kaduna Electricity Distribution Plc. has emerged first among the 11 Distribution Companies and Transmission Company of Nigeria in safety for the year 2018 according to the monthly safety report by the National Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) which indicated that based on all the indices for measuring safety, death and Injuries, the Company was not found wanting.
Kaduna Electric came tops 8 times in the months of January, February, June, July, August, September, October and November 2018. The report for December is expected later this month, Kaduna Electric is already poised to come first.
A statement by the Company’s Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said that Kaduna Electric’s winning of the coveted position is a clear testimony to the fact that the Company takes safety seriously, adding that the Company is strategic in its approach to safety which made the it achieve this feat.
According to him, the Company is not relenting but is even more resolute in doing more in 2019 which he said informed the theme for this year tagged: “Zero Accidents”.
Speaking on what he believed is responsible for the accomplishment, Abdullahi said it draws from a concept known as Behavioral Based Safety approach which is aimed at raising consciousness, eliminating any situation capable of posing a threat for unsafe acts/situations to be corrected.
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said the National Grid has achieved frequency control of between 49.80Hz and 50.20Hz for 64.47% of the time and frequency control between 49.75Hz and 50.25Hz for 85.55% between December 27, 2018 and January 12, 2019. The frequency control, the Company said, is the best ever achieved in the history of the country and is also the best in West Africa as at today. Saying: “the frequency control achieved from January 8-12, 2019, is the best so far by any power utility in West Africa”.
The Company made this known at the two - day Workshop on frequency control organized by the West African Power Pool in Nigeria in December, 2018.
According to the Company, the Nigerian Grid Code Frequency Standard is 49.75Hz and 50.25Hz while the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Frequency standard is 49.80Hz and 50.20Hz. Currently West African Power Pool operates three islands due to poor frequency control.
To ensure the entire region is synchronized into one, the Executive Board of WAPP obtained grant from the World Bank to support the effort. The Workshop which took place in Nigeria recently, is one of the series of such Workshops supported by the World Bank. The World Bank grant will also procure some specialized equipment to be installed in various international interface points.
According to the General Manager (Public Affairs) Ndidi Mbah, a small taskforce was formed after the Workshop to drive the achievement of the synchronization effort. The team which comprises three engineers, all Nigerians are pioneering the effort with the support of Generation Companies. Nigeria has comparative advantage in power generation in West Africa. However, the advantage cannot be optimized fully until power from the entire sub-region power is synchronized into one and necessary infrastructure constructed.
In a related development, the Meeting of the Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS has approved the WAPP 2018 Transmission and Generation Master Plan. The WAPP 2018 Master Plan is expected to provide 330kV line from Nigeria to Senegal and will enable Grid connection between WAPP and Central Africa Power Pool on the one hand and North Africa Power Pool on the other hand
The WAPP 2018 Master Plan includes, the Eastern Transmission Backbone which will put in place 330kV Double Circuit transmission lines and substations from Calabar-Ikom-Ogoja-Kashimbilla-Jalingo-Yola-Hong-Biu-Damaturu-Potiskum-Azare-Dutse and terminate in Jogana (Kano). As part of WAPP priority, the Eastern backbone will attract more concessionary funding from multinational resources of donor agencies. The Median Transmission Backbone which comprise 330kV DC line from Shiroro-Zungeru-Kainji-Parakuo to Northern Ghana and finally end in Cote D’ ivoire is also part of the approved master plan.
The frequency control collectively achieved with the active support of generation companies need to be sustained as it will assist significantly in further stabilizing the Grid to meet the need of electricity customers in Nigeria. As the frequency becomes more stable, more electricity customers who are hitherto outside will seek to be connected
This week on this segment, we would focus on the ninth “Action Steps towards PSRP Intervention Implementation”. Which is ‘Adequate gas supply for power generation”: this is aimed at maintaining gas supply for power generation to support 4,500 MW of thermal generation capacity is critical to ensuring stability and sustainability of electricity delivery.
The Action steps towards implementation include:
* Strategic level engagement led by His Excellency, the Vice President with Minister of State for Petroleum and 9 state governors to identify critical development priorities for each state in the region.
* Operational engagement by representatives of various MDAs, including the Office of the Vice President to convert the region’s development priorities into specific projects.
* Ownership stakes by host communities in oil and gas assets to create incentives to safeguard these assets.
* Engaging host communities to secure assets in their townships.
* Completion of critical projects in the affected Niger Delta communities
* Full disbursements of NEMSF to ensure historical debts are paid to gas suppliers.
* Ministry of Petroleum Resources to develop clear plan on gas vandalism prevention strategy.
* Project manage the delivery of key gas pipeline infrastructure (including the Ob- Ob pipeline) to ensure that gas is readily available where it is needed
In order to address the challenges at the distribution level to be able to take all loads sent out to the national grid, which presently stand at about 5,000MW, the Federal Government through its distribution expansion network programme is committed to ensuring that both transmission and distribution network capacities progress simultaneously, just as it is on course in achieving “our renewable energy policy targets of additional generations to the grid”.
This was made known by the Minister of State, Power, Works & Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, at the 6th Session of the Working Group on Power and Energy of Nigerian-German Bi-National Commission, hosted by the Ministry in Abuja, yesterday.
According to the Minister “the Nigerian Government is improving the Nigerian Power Sector in terms of generation capacities, grid expansion at both the transmission and distribution levels”, as he recalled that President Buhari’s Administration had inherited a generation capacity of about 4,000MW which has now gone well beyond 7,500MW, with a Transmission capacity of 8,000MW.
Noting that power is a critical element in the development of any nation, Shehuri said if the challenges of the sector were successfully solved, other socio-economic issues would be solved and the high rate of unemployment among the youth would be drastically reduced.
The Minister further stated that the Federal Government is committed to cooperating with Germany on the power sector, as this Administration is passionate about strengthening infrastructural deficits in the country, saying that embedded mini-grid solutions are one of the prospective areas Government is looking forward to working with Germany on. He advocated on the need to diversify the energy sources from fossil fuel to other energy mix such as hydro, solar, biomass, coal and wind, calling for mini-grid solutions that would be built, within months.
On his part, the State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Walter Lindner, who was also the Head of the Delegation, said “if energy is not working well, you have stability problems in the country. The essence of the bilateral cooperation is what we can do to have 100% energy. Your country is a very rich country but you have to use your resources wisely. And that is why we are here, to help you”.
Speaking further, he commended Nigeria’s recent programmes in the power sector such as the Power Sector Recovery Plan (PSRP), the Agenda 30-30-30 and the Action Plan for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.
The Working Group had essentially, the followings as its objectives: Promote energy security, Intensify bilateral cooperation in the energy/power sector in the interest of our governments and companies that engage in power activities, as well as promote the realization of energy efficiency and renewable energies in order to boost our economies and guarantee sustainable environment
The Niger-Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), has completed work on eight power plants, worth billions of Naira, in order to increase electricity generation in Nigeria.
The plants, which were constructed under the Federal Government’s National Independent Power Project (NIPP), included the 750MW Olorunsogo 11, 450MW Sapele, 434MW Geregu 11, 450MW Omotosho 11, 450MW Ihovbor, 450MW Alaoji, 563MW Calabar and 225MW Gbarain.
In its review of operations in 2018, the company stated that: “The NDPHC has completed 2,194KM of 330KV transmission lines and 809KM of 132KV transmission lines; an increase of 46 per cent and 13 per cent respectively over the pre-NIPP status of grid infrastructure. It has further constructed a total of 2,600KM of 11KV and 1,700KM of 33KV distribution lines for improving access to electricity”.
Consequently, the company stated: “Nigeria’s power generation capacity has risen. But Nigeria’s power distribution system has been enhanced with hundreds of injection sub-stations, 11KV lines and 33KV lines added. Work is also in progress in many more transmission and distribution projects”.
Although a 100 per cent supply is yet to be attained, things have been stabilized while work on incremental power supply is still ongoing, with the rehabilitation of 39 km Ore to Okitipupa 33 KV Line through Ode-Aye, improvement of electricity supply to communities in Ilaje Local Government of Ondo State, improvement of electricity supply to Okitipupa and Ondo State University of Science and Technology, construction of dedicated 52kM 33KV line from Funtua TS to Malumfashi 1 x 7.5 MVA, 33 /11KV Injection Substation and Upgrade of Power Supply to Daura Town, Upgrade of 1 X 7.5 MVA, 33/11 KV Injection Substation at Ile-Ife to 2 X 7.5 MVA, as some of its ongoing projects.
Management of Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC), yesterday, said it has successfully reconnected 42 communities within its franchise states of Delta, Edo, Ondo and Ekiti States which were without power supply from the national grid, as at end of November 2018.
The distribution company made this known in a statement signed by the Corporate Affairs Manager, Tayo Adekunle. The company further stated that it would continue to partner with communities suffering loss of electricity supply to address their challenges, provided they follow the necessary steps for engagement.
Adekunle said: “All the reconnected communities had a customer population of about 20,000 with the highest coming from Ubulu-Uku in Asaba, Delta State which had a customer population of 4,907, followed by Ibusa Phase 2 in Koka business unit, with a population of 4,704, while Issele-Uku also in Delta, came third with a customer figure of 3, 248. Famoyegun community in Owo, Ondo State had the least customer population of nine customers connected to a transformer
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has described Osun State as the heart of power transmission in the country because of the weight of power facility domiciled in the state.
TCN Managing Director, Usman Muhammed Gur, stated this during a visit to Governor Gboyega Oyetola at the weekend. He said: “Osun is significant to us as a Company, as Osogbo, the State capital, remains the heart of TCN in this country. “We are here to visit the Governor to strengthen our partnership so as to ensure improvement in our service delivery to the country.
“Right now, Osun has six transmission lines. Another two are virtually ready for installation to make it eight. Osun also has five sub-stations that make the State to be outstanding. These are milestones because many States do not even have one transmission line. Efforts have been improved upon to meet the national electricity requirement by making NCC a real National Control Centre. So, we are ready to work with Osun State Government to expand its electricity capacity for the development of the state”.
On his part, Governor Oyetola described Osun State as an investment destination because of the relatively stable electricity supply. He said Osogbo, the State capital especially, enjoys an average of 16 hours electricity supply daily, making it attractive to investors.
“An investor, who can have not less than 16 hours of electricity supply has the problem of energy supply solved”. He commended the TCN’s Management for their high sense of diligence and commitment to duty, saying TCN deserved to be commended for the relative stability of power supply in the country.
“We appreciate the importance of the TCN to socio-economic development of our State and general well-being of the citizenry. What we enjoy is the relative stability of power supply and this will continue to help us to market our investment drive. “If there is a reasonable supply of electricity, then the State can guarantee huge investment, thus stimulating her economy for the betterment of all. Our administration will support TCN to be more effective, efficient and proficient as this will help to galvanize our resolves to move the state forward”, Oyetola said.
This week on this segment, focus is on the eight “Action Steps towards PSRP Intervention Implementation”. Which is, ‘Improve DisCo Performance: This seeks to ensure that long - term sustainability of the country's power sector is highly correlated to the performance of the DisCos; their ability to collect revenue from customers for electricity consumed and aggressively reduce the high ATC & C losses is critical.
The Action steps towards implementation include:
* NERC to ensure that each DisCo commences and updates a complete customer database to identify their customers and commence metering programme.
* NERC reviews and approves the PIP for each DisCo.
* NERC monitors each DisCo's progress in implementation of PIP, and evolution of performance indicators, and enforcing compliance with committed investments.
* NERC to finalize business continuity regulation after consulting with stakeholders including investors and management of DisCos.
* Based on approved targets and baseline in MYTO reset for each Disco, BPE updates performance Agreements with private investor of each DisCo, to incorporate key performance indicators in MYTO reset and clarify each party's obligations and the consequence (s) for failure to perform.
* BPE monitors Performance Agreements based on information provided by NERC and assesses compliance
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said it has successfully completed the installation of two 60MVA 132/33kV power transformers in its Benin and Onitsha (GCM) Transmission Substations.
The Benin 60MVA power transformer is already supplying bulk electricity to Benin Electricity Distribution Company’s load centers, while the transformer in Onitsha (GCM) Substation was energized and put on soak at about 19.15hours on Saturday. Gradual loading of the transformer commenced on Sunday the 30th of December, 2018. The projects are an addition to the over thirty-Five power transformers that have been completed and energized across the country mainly by TCN in-house engineers.
In a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that on the 24th of September, 2018 at about 9:20pm the primary breaker of its oldest 60MVA 132/33kV transformer in Benin tripped, affecting bulk supply to Nekpen, Koko and Ikpoba Dam 33kV feeders. After several tests were carried out on the transformer, results showed that the transformer which had already been earmarked for replacement could not be repaired.
The statement noted that with the failure of the transformer, the company moved an idle 60MVA transformer from its Irrua Transmission Substation to Benin Substation for installation. The Irrua community resisted the move until early in December, 2018. On the 16th December however, the transformer was brought to Benin Substation for installation by TCN in-house engineers who completed the installation and energizing on 24th December, 2018. Since the new transformer was energized, bulk power supply had been restored to Benin Electricity Distribution Company through its Nekpen Nekpen, koko and Ikpoba Dam 33KV feeders, within Benin Metropolis.
Also, in the same substation, work has reached advanced stage in the installation of a second 60MVA 132/33kV power transformer that would replace the 60MVA capacity transformer accidentally damaged by the trace clearing crew of Benin Distribution Company recently. TCN engineers are currently in the substation working assiduously to ensure that the second transformer is completed and energized.
The power transmission capacity in the North-East has increased by 100 per cent, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said. According to the Company, the transmission capacity in the region doubled after the recent installation of two 330kV transmission substations in the North-East.
This came as TCN’s Managing Director, Usman Mohammed Gur, told newsmen in an exclusive interview in Abuja that the firm had established a task force to monitor the frequency control of the grid in order to ensure that power generation companies abide by the grid code on frequency management.
TCN in its bid to avert system collapse declared that electricity generation companies that failed to comply with the stipulated frequency control that ensured the instability of the power grid would be removed from the grid.
When asked during the interview, on Sunday, to state other measures being put in place to further check system collapses caused by frequency abuse, Mohammed replied, “We’ve set up a team to monitor the frequency control and they report to me directly. “The aim is to ensure that we achieve and maintain the desired frequency of the grid. You can see that the grid has stabilized for some period.”
On the transmission capacity in the North-East, he said, “We have concluded and energized two 330kV substations in the North-East, which is a 100 per cent increase on the capacity that was existing in the whole of North-East.“The North-East had only two 330KV substations but we have added two, making it 100 per cent increase. However, are we there? No, we are not yet there but we will get there.”
The TCN boss further stated that the transmission company secured different financial support from multilateral agencies in 2018 and that the funds had helped to improve power supply in various locations across the country.
Mohamed said, “A recent poll was conducted by Channels Television on how people feel about electricity and 73 per cent said that they feel that power supply has improved. Of course, it is not that we don’t have problems here and there, but on the whole, things are not as they used to be. There is an improvement’.
“The National Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS)recent document stated that power generation, transmission and distribution have improved by 18 per cent and that is a considerable improvement.
“Also in 2018, we were able to get approval for most of our projects under the Transmission Expansion Programme.
“We have the Nigeria Electricity Transmission Project which is $486m and has been approved by the World Bank. We also have the Northern Corridor project which is $275m with €25m grant inside it and this has been approved by the board of AfDB (African Development Bank).
This week on this segment, we would focus on the seventh “Action Steps towards PSRP Intervention Implementation”. Which is ‘Baseline power generation, transmission and distribution”: this is aimed at ensuring minimum baseline power supply of 4,500MWh/Hour to the national grid is distributed daily from 2018 to achieve grid stability and phase out operational shortages.
The Action steps towards implementation include:
* Identification and prioritization of power plans to be supported to achieve the minimum 4,500MWh/Hour baseline.
* TCN prepares transmission expansion plan and submit for approval to NERC as part of the MYTO reset process.
* TCN publishes in its website the approved transmission expansion plan.
* NERC monitors progress in TCN implementation of the transmission investment plan approved in the tariff order, and publishes quarterly/annually in its website.
* Each year the System Operator prepares an annual generation operation plan, including an assessment of expected transmission and system security constraints.
* Each year, TCN updates transmission expansion plan.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, has call for consistency and understanding in the privatized power sector, saying decision to privatize is a matter of policy and policies take time to take effect. “Let’s be consistent here and let us understand that the decision to privatize is a matter of policy. When policy is made, it takes time to take effect. When it begins to take effect, its impact takes time to spread. And that is why we can share here that five years ago nobody could talk about mini-grid, we are talking about it now; five years ago nobody was talking about Meter Asset Provider, we are talking about it today, five years ago who dared to go into the military formation to meter them; the President has directed that all the military formations must be metered”, the Minister said.
Fashola made the call at the December Nextier Power Dialogue while responding to question posed by a participant bordering on whether or not to cancel the privatization policy and hand back power to the government, Fashola, called for caution, saying, “Let’s be careful what we wish for. We wished, many years ago, after 60 years or so of government run power, we wished and decided that private sector should take over this power. That was our decision. No sooner had we decided, five years after, we are now asking Government to take it from them. Is that what we really want?”
Responding to question concerning the supply of transformers, the Minister reiterated that all the assets that the Ministry of Power used to control for power distribution have been sold by the last administration pointing out that the people now operating the generation and distribution segments of power sector are now privately owned companies.
He said, “I am here because I am concerned. If your telephone is not working, it is not the Minister of Communication that you go to; let us be very clear. My role is regulatory, oversight and policy”, adding, however, “I cannot separate myself from the problem; I am trying to get involved to do what the law allows me to do. So the people you should be talking to about transformer is not me; the Ministry does not supply transformer anymore”.
The Minister said Ministries and Agencies of Government now pay their electricity bills regularly adding, “I just signed the letter for this month because our office is the collection warehouse. This wasn’t happening five years ago. So we are making progress and let no one downplay that”.
“Can we move faster, certainly we can”, he said adding, however, that if the consensus was that Government should take it over the power sector from private hands, then there was need to “go back to Parliament and repeal the law, because I asked you, do you want a five-year old to have a mustache?”
Arguing against the reversal of the Privatization Policy, Fashola, who again reiterated the existence of challenges in the sector which, he assured were being dealt with, declared, “But you must decide in this country whether you want to continue to see devils or angels. I like to see angels, my glass is always half full and problems are opportunities for me to show that nothing is wrong with us and to benchmark what I have achieved. There are problems no doubt and we must deal with them”.
According to the NBS Report for Budget 3, the 3rd Quarter GDP result was 1.81 per cent growth, up from 1.50 per cent in Q2 with Electricity as the biggest motivator scoring 18 per cent.“It is not enough”, Fashola said adding, “But it means we are heading in the right direction back up. What is also important to share is that the growth was driven by non-Oil Sector and that is important because the growth came in a quarter when oil prices have not done well and that is what this team set out to achieve; to diversify the economy. We welcome the Oil money, but when the oil money suddenly disappears, our prosperity will not go with it and that is important”.
The Minister added, “So, in a period when oil prices began to flounder Nigeria’s economy did not flounder and that is important. But more importantly, who drove the growth? It means that if we continue with the foundations that are being laid-infrastructure- the jobs that all of us want to see will multiply. That is where we are”.
The Federal Government is working assiduously with various stakeholders in the Power Sector to solve challenges in power supply especially along the Generation and Distribution value chain of the sector.
A statement issued by Special Adviser, Communications, Hakeem Bello, Friday, to set the records straight over remarks of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, at the Nextier Power Dialogue, said government has, through several policy initiatives since inception and, especially in the last few months, demonstrated its commitment to the enhancement of power generation and distribution citing the recent approval of a N72 Billion Distribution Expansion Programme by the Government as a clear demonstration of that commitment.
Fashola said that Government, as a 40 per cent shareholder, had to make the approval in order to enhance the distribution of power across the country pointing out that although operationally there is 7,000 Megawatts of electricity ready for deployment, the operation was still constrained at the distribution end.
The Minister said the concern of Government was to correct the anomaly created by the distribution constraint adding that to ensure that the intervention achieved maximum benefit for the people, Government, working with the Distribution Companies (DisCos), first obtained the data of the priority areas of need within their franchises with which it put together the programme to enable the DisCos maximally evacuate available power for distribution to consumers.
He said although the power sector Operation was now largely in private hands, Government was still playing a leading role in both enhancing the distribution of grid electricity and increasing access to electricity across the country, especially the rural communities adding that it was also ensuring, through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), that power supply gets to consumers at very reasonable costs and without exploitation.
Recalling the policy outline laid by his Ministry at inception which set out a road map to first get incremental power and then go to steady power and then to uninterrupted power, Fashola declared, “I think that if you followed the policy outline that set out that roadmap, we have delivered what we promised in terms of our first leg of incremental power. We have increased the power on all sides”.
According to the Minister, other policies which government has initiated in recent times to drive access to electricity, include the Mini-Grid/Off-Grid policy by which government has decentralized power supply, allowing individuals and organizations to invest in power generation and supply up to a certain limit, Eligible Customer Policy that enables big consumers to buy power directly from Generation Companies (GenCos) and Meter Asset Provider (MAP) policy enabling business men to invest in meter supply, adding, however, that all the policies are subject to the regulation of NERC.
Other measures include the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP), which was articulated to address some post Privatization challenges in the sector and improve power supply. The PSRP was a document that sought to articulate all of the problems that were being reported about the privatization adding that all the problems arising from privatization were documented in the PSRP Document.
Such issues, he said, include those of generation, transmission, energy theft and tariff issues among others. “The PSRP has not gone idle. We are ticking the boxes. There was no Chairman for the NERC, now there is a Chairman, problem solved; there was MDAS Debts owed, I think over N70 Billion, we verified N27 Billion, that was part of the PSRP and it was paid; there was a Transmission Expansion Programme, transmission has gained more than distribution, that is progress”, the Minister said.
The Minister said transmission now has a 10-Year Expansion Plan just as 3,000 Megawatts have since been added to what was on ground when this Administration took over.
FASHOLA AREGBESOLA AT THE 14TH MONTHLY MEETING OF POWER SECTOR OPERATORS IN OSOGBO
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN right Governor State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesolamiddle and Deputy Governor Mrs Titilayo Laoye Tomorileft during the 14th Monthly Meeting with Sectoral Paricipants in the Power Sector hosted by the Transmission Company of NigeriaTCN at the National Control Centre NCC Osogbo Osun State on Monday 10th March 2017