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June 10, 2019
An Electricity Generating Company

Electricity Generating Companies (GenCos) comprising gas-fired and hydro stations released an average of 3, 919 Megawatts (MW) of power into the national grid on Monday, a daily energy report has said.

The Report, which was compiled by the Advisory Power Team, Office of the Vice President, and released to the press, Tuesday revealed that the energy released by the companies was up by 139.64MW from the figure delivered last Sunday


March 2, 2019

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, says Nigeria is a continental and global leader in renewable energy.

Fashola made the assertion on Thursday in Lagos during the second edition of the annual BRF Gabfest, tagged BRF2 GABFEST organized by some youth groups in his honor, with the theme, “Where Are the Jobs?’’

Renewable energy is an energy resource that is replaced rapidly by a natural process such as power generated from the sun or from the wind. According to Fashola, the establishment of some powerful hydroelectricity projects attests to this feat.

“This may sound strange to some of you but over 30 to 40 years ago, Nigeria saw the opportunity in renewable energy and committed to large scale renewable energy projects like the Kainji and Jebba Hydro Electricity projects

“Hydro power is a renewable energy; don’t miss that”. So, what is now fanciful that is being sold today is solar as a renewable form of energy but Nigeria has not been a back player in renewable energy?”. “We have been a leader in the continent. There are very few countries that have the kind of facilities we have in Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro and we are contemplating an even bigger one at the Mambilla and we have six small hydrograph projects that we will soon procure.’’

The Minister explained that renewable and solar energy were usually interchanged but that they don’t mean the same thing. According to him, solar energy is just one form of renewable energy. He said that the Ministry was already spearheading projects to be powered by solar energy.

“My Ministry already has cause to ensure that before the end of this year, our two buildings are powered by solar. “We have done the procurement we are just waiting for approvals to start so the entire building will be totally run on solar power but that is not the only thing we are working on.", some solar based works are ongoing in  Sabo Garage in Kano, a location in Ondo and also in Ibadan, as well as a completed one at Iponri, Lagos State.

“The footprint of solar is expanding. “What we are doing is to enable businesses to connect to opportunities, so, the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is not using power to do business but we are effectively using data using service providers to come and deliver this project.

“There is an economy and opportunity here for you. “And we have about 300 locations nationwide where we are still hoping to see more investors; if you want to follow-up on those opportunities, go to the website of the Rural Electrification Agency; they are the focal agency for driving our solar energy.

Fashola said the Ministry was also in nine universities developing independent power plants. According to him, seven of them are solar and the maintenance will be part of the continuous training of the students in the university when the projects are finished.


March 2, 2019

The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has connected not less than 99,450 households to sustainable electricity in the last 20 months.

Enumerating the achievements of the Agency within the past 20 months, Rural Electrification Agency said the connections have impacted on the lives of 457,470 people as well as creating 5,042 jobs.

It also said the Agency under the Managing Director, Damilola Ogunbiyi, has sourced $550 million to promote rural electrification. In support of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and with the goal of increasing energy access, President Mohammadu Buhari approved the Rural Electrification Strategy and Implementation Plan (RESIP).

The Agency’s present programmes consist of deploying solar home systems, solar Mini – Grids and energizing education across tertiary institutions, energizing economies for key markets and other capital projects for rural electrification.

Explaining the Energising Economies programme, the Agency said it is geared at providing clean and reliable power support to 80,000 shops within 16 economic clusters within one year, which will then empower 340,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The programme if achieved, will also create 2,500 jobs and that the 16 clusters will serve 18 million Nigerians. A total of 300 clusters is being considered by the Agency in the long term.

For the Energising Education which it said is ongoing, 589,444 students will have access to uninterrupted power supply across about 37 tertiary institutions. A total of 80, 401 staff of those institutions will benefit from the projects while 860 diesel-fired generators across the various schools will be decommissioned.

According to REA, the project will also benefit 1,435 doctors and 5,565 other medical professionals who will have access to constant electricity at work.

REA said it will provide 10,451 street lights on the campuses using sustainable energy sources, while over 700 female students will be trained through on-the-job training pattern for maintenance and other jobs to be created with the projects, the Agency noted in the publication.


March 2, 2019
Power Sector Recovery Programme

Our focus this week on the Power Sector Recovery Programme is on the twelfth Action Steps towards PSRP Intervention Implementation, which is to make contracts become fully effective. This is focused on encouraging and supporting a fully effective contract based mark that promotes competition and performance.

The Action steps towards implementation include:

* Each year, System Operator prepares an operational plan of generation based on economic dispatch of planned available generation, within system constraints, and demand forecast developed in consultation with DisCos.

* The System Operator updates after six months the annual generation operation plan.
In coordination with NERC, NBET designs a plan for the phased activitivation of PPAs and GSAAs to meet the baseline generation capacity of 4,500 MWh/ Hour and the operational plan of the System Operator.

* NERC issues order to NBET on allowable power purchase cost to DisCos in vesting contract invoices.

* NBET makes vesting contracts effective up to invoice cap in NERC order, subject to DisCo posting required LC.

* Each year, NBET increases the PPAs level of activation.


March 2, 2019

The quest for clean, sustainable and uninterrupted energy sources is further gaining momentum in Nigerian power sector as the Federal Government throws its weight behind the concept and more indigenous firms are beginning to show up in the process.

Pushing the growth of renewable energy projects in the country, the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has certified 18 renewable energy installation contractors who at least have registered engineers as staff.

The certification which was endorsed by the Managing Director of NEMSA and the Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation (CEIF), Engr. Peter Ewesor has 10 firms whose corporate officers are in Abuja, five in Lagos, one in Enugu and one in Port Harcourt.

In 2015, President Muhammedu Buhari was among global leaders who adopted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change with a commitment to transit to a cleaner, sustainable energy sources for the most populous country in Africa.

Nigeria has an abundance of various renewable energy resources of which solar, wind, biomass and small hydro power (SHP) are the most ubiquitous. In spite of this, the country battles with over dependence of the power grid on fossil fuel with over 70 percent of the power plants depending on natural gas while a little portion of that makes up three large hydro power plants in Niger State.

The over dependence on gas – based power generation often results in poor power supply nationwide or outright outage especially when there is pipeline vandalism and cut in gas supply. To overcome this, Nigeria has set a target of attaining 30 percent renewable energy sources (solar, wind and biomass) by 2030 and over 10 percent in hydro power sources.  Nigerians are gradually embracing the innovation of renewable energy sources and are transiting from grid- connected energy source.

Most of the certified firms are members of the REAN and they include Blue Camel Energy Limited and Creed Renewable Energy Limited.

The 16 other certified renewable energy firms include, A.O. Demarg Nigeria Ltd, Cresthill Engineering Ltd, Power upProject International Ltd, Cloud Energy Photoelectric Ltd, Rensource Distributed Energy, Udah Ette Nigeria Ltd, Citinet Technology Innovation Ltd and M- rald Global Resources Ltd.

The rest are Taylor Nigeria Ltd, Hydraform Engineering Nigeria Ltd,Green Light Planet Sun King Nigeria, Ogini Ever Increasing Enterprises Nigeria Ltd, Erasko Energy Ltd, Sumfat Nigeria Ltd, and Ecoenergy Integrated Services Ltd.


February 26, 2019
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, during the commissioning of the 60KW Torankawa  On - Grid Solar Power Project,  in  Yabo Local Government Area, Sokoto State

It was an atmosphere of joyful reaction in Torankawa community of Yabo Local Government Area in Sokoto State recently as bulbs lit up across the agrarian households with the commissioning of a 60 kilowatts on-grid solar power plant.

Before last Tuesday, the people of Torankawa, about 45 minutes’ drive from Sokoto town, had only an inactive four kilometer power line connecting the community.

The dead service line under Kaduna Electric franchise area was out of supply for about five years, the residents said. The line was only revived under the grid-connected solar power project delivered by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing after the place was chosen for the pilot project.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, before she commissioned it, said the plant was unique because it demonstrates the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to improve electricity supply.

“I am aware that this project is self-sustainable and therefore will request you to ensure that you guard it especially against vandalism. This will encourage the development of many similar projects,” she said.

The Acting Director, Department of Renewable Energy and Rural Power Access in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr. Faruk Yabo Yusuf, who supervised the Torankawa project, said the plant will provide uninterrupted electricity supply to 350 households with 1,750 people benefitting from it.

He said: “It’s the first of its kind in Nigeria because all other solar projects are off grid project,” adding that the plant which connects to the national grid was a pilot one to test the mini grid regulation launched by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2017.

Musa Bello, a farmer, said it was a new experience as his house was among those that were metered under the mini-grid electrification project.

“I was told that I can only pay for what I consume and that the electricity will be continuous for 24 hours. I never knew that there can be something like that,” Bello said expressing his joy about solar power.

A provision store owner, Aliyu Yabo, said they had relied more on generators to power shops but the new project makes all the difference. He said: “We thank whoever initiated this project for us because our reliance on generators will now reduce and new businesses can spring up.”

The District Head of Torankawa, Umar Maishanu, lauded the Federal Government for providing a stable electricity source.

Maishanu said, “For five years, there was no light and the state government was not responding to our pleas until this solar power project was delivered. We donated the land and we promise that we will safeguard it.”

Shortly before the plant was commissioned, the faulty power lines were being strung and a transformer was installed at the plant where the solar power is converted into grid active electricity and transported through the lines


February 26, 2019
The newly energized and commissioned 300MVA 330/132/33kV Power Transformer in Alaoji Transmission Substation, Abia State

In line with President Buhari’s policy on incremental power, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has completed the installation and commissioning into service, a new 300MVA 330/132/33kV power transformer in its Alaoji Transmission Substation in Abia State.

In a statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that the new 300MVA power transformer, energized on February 12th, 2019 in its Alaoji Transmission Substation, has increased the station's installed capacity from 450MVA to 750MVA which makes it the biggest substation in the Southern part of the country and has also made the station consistent with redundancy requirement of N-1.

With this development, TCN has increased its capacity to supply Enugu Distribution Company for onward supply to particularly Abia North (Ohafia, Arochukwu, Item, Abriba), Imo State (Okigwe, Arondi-izuogu), parts of Ebonyi and Rivers States.

TCN further stated that the following projects under construction will also benefit from the newly energized 300MVA transformer; 4No 132kV substations at Okigwe (Imo state), Mbalano, Ohafia and Arochukwu (Abia State) which are awaiting completion. The newly energized 300MVA transformer will also enhance evacuation of power generated into the 132kV grid network from the Alaoji NIPP and Afam Power Stations. The installation of the transformer was carried out by Messrs Power Control with active support of TCN engineers in Aba Sub-Region


February 26, 2019
A Prepaid Meter

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said it is working to ensure that firms, which applied to serve as meter asset providers under the new metering arrangements, begin operation soon, saying the Commission is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure the success of the new metering scheme, which culminated in the introduction of the meter asset providers, as a third-party in the distribution and supply of electricity meters to the customers.

NERC made this known through its officer in charge of Meter Asset Providers (MAPs), Shittu Shuaibu, saying “Meter asset providers are likely to start operation very soon as the regulator is working hard to ensure they are licensed to carry out the responsibilities of metering the unmetered customers in the country.”

Chief Executive officer of Momas Electricity Meter Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), Kola Balogun, said meter asset providers may be licensed by NERC to start operation before the end of the first quarter of 2019.

According to him, firms that wish to play as meter asset providers in the sector have applied to NERC, granted ‘No Objection’ status by the Commission, had their performance reviewed in the market, made to seek the power distribution companies (DisCos) they would partner, while also awaiting final approval from NERC.

“Between this February and March ending, something concrete as regards the commencement of the activities of meter asset providers would happen.  I’m sure that the firms that are seeking to start operation as MAPs would start work, either by end of February or March 2019,” he added.

According to him, the new metering plans would provide opportunities for operators to play better by acquiring and building bigger markets for themselves, stressing that direct and indirect jobs will be created, more meters would be made, which would culminate in appreciable reduction in metering gap in the country.


February 26, 2019
The 150MVA 330/132/33KV Transformer in  Kumbotso Transmission Substation, Kano State.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN) has delivered a 150MVA, 330/132/33kV power transformer to Kumbotso Transmission Substation in Kano, to replace one of the four 150MVA transformers taken out for repairs. The power transmission equipment arrived Kumbtso Transmission Substation Kano on February 15, 2019, from the Apapa Port in Lagos

According to the General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, the new transformer is an addition to the recently repaired 150MVA power transformer which got burnt five (5) years ago in Kumbotso Substation. It is noteworthy that it is the first time a badly damaged150MVA was repaired in the history of Nigeria’s power sector.

She further stated that as soon as the installation of the new 1X150MVA transformer is completed, the capacity of Kumbotso would be increased and this will further improve bulk power supply for onward delivery to Dakata, Wudil and Dan Agundi in Kano, Dutse and Hadeja in Jigawa State, Azare in Bauchi State, Katsina, Kankia, and Daura in Katsina and finally to Maradi and Gazawa in Niger Republic respectively.

TCN reiterates its resolve to consistently contribute its quota in the power supply value chain by persistently upgrading and investing in the nation’s grid network in line with its carefully researched and documented Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme.  The company further pledged to continue to work towards building a national grid that is comparable to any in the world


February 16, 2019

The Federal Government through the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has commissioned a 330/132/33kV power substation in Damaturu, Yobe State to enhance transmission capacity in the state.

The Project was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Environment, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, on Wednesday 13th, February 2019, in Damaturu.

The Minister said the giant stride taken by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), to complete the 13-year-old project would expand the power capacity and make electricity readily available for businesses to thrive in the state.

He said the substation project started in 2006 but due to non-performance and delay in implementation by the contracted company, the TCN took over and completed the contract in August, 2018.

According to the Minister, in September 2018, all the installations were carried out at the substation and the 150MVA, 330/132/33KV transformer, 75MVAR reactor were energized on September 13, 2018, “While the 60MVA, 120/33KV transformer was put to service on October 3, 2018. Thereby enabling supply access to the three outgoing Feeders: Buni Yadi feeder 1, Damaturu feeder 2 and Babban Gida feeder 3”. The substation supply would benefit Ngelzarma, Gaidam, Dapchi, Yadi and Damaturu Township.

The Managing Director of the TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, said the power capacity was enhanced to boost economic activities in Yobe and North-East.“There is direct relationship between electricity and economy. We also believe that, for us to solve the problem of restiveness and insecurity we must supply electricity efficiently. That was the mandate given to us by Mr. President,” he said.

Gur also explained that the North-East have only 330kV substation in the past but, with the two that were commissioned in Damaturu and Maiduguri, 100 percent of succession has been added in the zone.
The Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Engr. Abubakar Ali, commended the Minister for sparing time to commission the project and the TCN for the timely completion of the project


February 16, 2019

The Federal Government on Tuesday commissioned a 60 kilowatts (KW) grid connected solar power plant in Torankawa community of Sokoto State worth N146 million.

Speaking at the commissioning, the Acting Director, Department of Renewable Energy and Rural Power Access at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector), Engr. Faruk Yabo Yusuf, said the plant will provide uninterrupted electricity supply to 350 households with 1,750 people benefitting from it.

According to him, “It’s the first of its kind in Nigeria because all other solar projects are off grid project,” adding that the plant which connects to the national grid was a pilot one to test the Mini Grid Regulation launched by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2017.

He said the plant, which was completed in three months also provides power to 20 small businesses, five mosques, community irrigation farm and 50 street lights, disclosing that it was funded under the Renewable Energy Micro Utility (REMU) project with proceeds from Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond issued in 2017.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Abubakar, who commissioned the project said the plant was unique because it was the first to be implemented in Nigeria and demonstrates the commitment of  the Buhari led Administration to provide incremental, stable and uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians.

“I am aware that this project is self-sustainable and therefore will request you to ensure that you guard and protect the project especially against vandalism .This will encourage the development of many similar projects. At the next level, I call on other communities to embrace the peaceful nature of Torankawa community to enjoy similar projects,” the Minister said.

Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of News Engineering Nigerian Limited, the contractor of the project,Lady Josephine Nwaeze described the project as a pace setting and landmark project, being the first Grid – Connected Hybrid Solar PV Mini Grid tob be developed and energized in Nigeria. She said it will provide “24/7 electricity with 99% availability of supply.

On his part, the co - contractor and Managing Director of Protogy Global Services, Ademola Agoro, explained that the plant has 99 percent assurances of availability of power supply all year round. According to him, it consists of 125kVA battery and electricity inverter, 60kW Solar Photophobic (PV) modules, 216 kilowatt hours (kWh) battery bank and 100KVA backup diesel generator. Part of the project was the rehabilitation of a four kilometer Town Distribution Network (TDN) disrupted five years ago, and the upgrade of 100 customers’ connection along with installed smart meters.

Representing the Managing Director of Kaduna Electric, the Sokoto state Regional Manager, Masaud Abdulkadir lauded the grid solar project and urged the community to take advantage of it.

The District Head of Torankawa, Umar Maishanu lauded the Federal Government for providing the stable electricity source. He said, “For five years, there was no light and the state government was not responding to our pleas until this solar power project was delivered. We donated the land and we promise that we will safeguard it,” the community Head noted


February 16, 2019
Transmission Company of Nigeria

The Transmission Company of Nigeria has announced that the National Grid has successfully transmitted a new generation peak of 5375 MW on Thursday, 7th February 2019 at 21:00 hrs.  This is the first time that the nation’s power grid had generated, transmitted and distributed this quantum of power which is clearly an evidence of the success of this Administration’s policy on incremental power.

In a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that the last peak generation of 5224 MW which was also successfully transmitted by TCN, was attained on 18th December, 2017. This has now been surpassed by the new peak of 5375 MW.

According to her, the current capacity of Generation companies nationwide is 7,450 MW which is expected to significantly increase with the expected recovery of all the generators at Egbin by the Management of Sahara Energy. The capacity of Transmission based on the simulation of December 2018 is 8,100 MW. Since the last simulation several transformers have been added to transmission. With the new combined peak, Distribution companies have also increased capacity. However, more work is needed on the Distribution capacities for the sector to fully stabilize.

TCN said it has continued to upgrade critical transmission infrastructure nationwide with the commissioning of over 40 power transformers and lines in the last two years, building of seven (7) brand new substations, diligently pursuing its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme which is encapsulated in its 20-year transmission Expansion Plan. As at date, TCN’s wheeling capacity had increased from 5,000 in 2016 to 7,124 MW in 2017 and 8100 MW in 2018.

The statement further said that unlike in the past, TCN is not only focusing on Grid Expansion but also on the quality of the power. In that respect, the Company achieved frequency control of between 49.50 Hz and 50.50 Hz between May 2017 and November 2018 which had not been achieved in the history of Nigeria for the past 20 years. From December to date, it equally achieved the best frequency control of between 49.75 Hz to 50.25 Hz for 85% of the time which is the best ever witnessed in the history of the Nigerian power sector


February 16, 2019

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has been asked to fast track and simplify the licensing process for Eligible customers to buy and sell power.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Power Sector, Louis Edozien, gave this charge at a workshop on Eligible Customer Regulation, organized by the NERC on Tuesday, 12th February, 2019.

In his remarks, Edozien, decried the fact that though the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, in compliance with previsions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, issued directives to NERC which gave rise to the Eligible Customer Regulation in May, 2017, that none of the interested consumers and generation companies were yet to be issued licenses.

He further urged generation companies to more aggressively take advantage of the Regulation to sell the power they can generate, 2,000MW of which is now stranded, to Eligible customers who need it and are willing and able to pay for it.

Edozien imployed the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) not to relent in its sopport of the Regulation, by making targeted investments in the national grid as needed to service contracts with Gencos and Eligible customers to transmit the power.

He further encouraged distribution companies to embrace the policy, pointing out that if they were satisfying the needs of their consumers adequately, they would have no reason to generate the power by themselves or want to become Eligible Customers. By so doing, Discos can partner investors and generation companies to build new distribution infrastructure to serve specific paying customers better.

The Permanent Secretary used the occasion, which brought together consumers, generation companies, distribution companies and investors interested in taking advantage of the Regulation to enjoin dissatisfied consumers to take advantage of the customer care platforms all distribution companies have set up in compliance with the previous of their license, an escalate unresolved complaints to the NERC consumer forum offices, as provided for in the Regulations.

It was revealed that forty-four expressions of interest with a total demand for 600 MW from underserved and unserved consumers who wish to become Eligible Customers had been received.  14 of this have submitted license application to NERC, two of which have fulfilled all NERC’s conditions and expected to be licensed soon.


February 10, 2019
Vice-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo

Residents of Igbokoda in Ilaje Ese, Ose Odo Local Government Area in Ondo South Senatorial Zone, who had been living without electricity in the last five years, were enveloped with joy last Wednesday, when the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, inaugurated the power project that restored power to the community as 10 out of the 21 distribution substations in the Igbokoda community came on with power supply, thus illuminating the town.

The substations that were energized as at Wednesday include: Larada, General Hospital, Secretariat Road substation, Ikuomola, Ilara, Orioketilu, Church substation, Okoga College road/Omotehin, GRA1, GRA4/NDDC and Broad street substations. The project, which is an ongoing exercise, is expected to extend to Okitipupa and other parts of Ondo South Senatorial Zone in due course.

The restoration, which was achieved by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), with the speedy rehabilitation of the power project in conjunction with Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) under the National Independent Power Project (NIPP), will bring positive effect on the social and economic activities in the area.

The Zone has always been the central town for inhabitants of the Ondo South Senatorial District, comprising of Okitipupa, Irele, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Odigbo and Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Governments, due to the presence of several amenities. The communities believe that, if the problem of power supply is addressed, other improvements will follow. Stressing that power outage has greatly affected social and economic activities in the area.

Federal Government had listened to the residents of communities under Ondo South Senatorial Zone over their power rehabilitation project, and had directed NIPP to join forces with BEDC for the speedy rehabilitation of the whole network across four local governments namely: Okitipupa, Ese-Odo, Irele, and Ilaje local governments in four phases.

As a way forward, BEDC and NDPHC had collected survey samples of other routes to be used in re-routing the affected lines for the areas under rehabilitation, as a permanent solution to hitches before the NIPP intervention support.


February 10, 2019
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN has stated that power generation in Nigeria increased by 100 per cent within a space of three years.

Fashola disclosed this while playing host to members of the Federation of Construction Industry in his office on Monday in Abuja, specifically stating that power generation increased from 4,000 megawatts in 2015 to 8,000MW in 2018, adding further that Nigerians now spends less on fuelling of generators and plants as a result  of frequent and improved electricity supply nationwide.

The Minister further added that Nigerians now spends less on fuelling of generators and plants as a result of frequent and improved electricity supply nationwide, just as he reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to renewing and expanding the Nigerian economy through the provision of critical infrastructure across the country


February 10, 2019
Acting Director-General, National Power Training Institute of Nigeria,  Ahmed Bolaji Nagode

The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) has commenced the training of 36 young Engineers, sponsored by Sahara Power Group.

NAPTIN’s Acting Director-General, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode made this known while speaking recently during the Induction Ceremony of the 36 young engineers at the Institute's Akangba Regional Training Centre in Lagos. He urged them to grab the training opportunity with both hands and optimally make best use of it so as to come out as highly skilled workforce of their company, as well as being part of those that will change electricity operations in the Power Sector.

Nagode said: ‘as a Centre of Excellence, NAPTIN had the wherewithal to deliver the required training”. According to him, the power sector needs consistent training to address the dearth of human capital. Saying it was imperative for the sector to bridge the knowledge gap by investing in its people through sustained collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Earlier, the Group Managing Director of Sahara Power Group, Kola Adesina, told the trainees to be bold, audacious and courageous to ask questions on what they don't understand. Saying they should not be afraid to ask even if the question will be termed stupid according to him “in the domain of stupidity lies wisdom”


February 10, 2019
Transmission  Company of Nigeria

In line with the Buhari Administration's policy on incremental power, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has successfully repaired and energized a 150MVA 330/132kV power transformer which got burnt 5years ago in Kumbotso Transmission Substation.

This is the first time TCN in-house engineers are successfully undertaking such repair work on a badly burnt 150MVA capacity power transformer and restoring it to service. It is also an indication of the growing capacity of its engineers under the present Administration.

According to a statement issued by TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, the Company said that the Kumbotso Transmission Substation had four (4) number 150MVA power transformers. Five years ago, one of the transformers got burnt and was considered irreparable and on the 1st of January this year, a second 150MVA tripped off. Investigations revealed that its winding coil had spoilt and had to be moved to a transformer repair factory in Lagos.

To ensure that Kano Disco load centers taking supply from this substation still receive supply for its customers, TCN first re-arranged load from the tripped transformer into the two (2) 150MVA transformers and then commenced work on the burnt 150MVA power transformer on the 2nd of January 2019, using its in-house engineers. The engineers opened the burnt transformer and removed the yellow, blue and red phases of the burnt diverter switches, replaced them and carried out other works inside the transformer before it was re-energized on the 2nd of February, 2018.

The Company noted that with the successful repair of the 150MVA power transformer, the capacity of the substation has been restored to three (3) number 150MVA power transformers. TCN has equally mobilized a brand new 150MVA power transformer from Lagos port which is currently in Lokoja en route to Kombtso Substation. TCN plans to install the transformer immediately it gets to the substation, however, the Company said it can now supply normal bulk power to Dakata Transmission substation and Kano distribution load centers taking supply from this substation to Katsina, kankia and environs. Installation of the new 150MVA transformer would provide the necessary redundancy in the substation.

TCN pledged to do everything possible to ensure that it continues to expand the network as well as maintain existing infrastructures in the transmission grid nationwide


February 10, 2019
Egbin Power Plant

The Group Managing Director, Sahara Power Group, Kola Adesina, has said that Egbin Power plant will add 1,320 megawatts to the national grid by the end of February.

Egbin plant, which is the largest power generating station in Nigeria with an installed capacity of 1,320MW consisting of six units of 220MW each, is currently generating about 543 MW to the national grid.

Speaking in Lagos during the induction of 39 young engineers into a development programme under the guidance of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) yesterday, Adesina said Sahara Energy is working assiduously to ensure the 1,320MW is linked to the grid by the end of February. He explained that electricity generation from Egbin power plant has been limited by evacuation problem.

“We can do today 880MW but the limitation of evacuation is what is restricting it to 543MW as we speak. But as a company, availability of Egbin power plant will be up to 1,320MW at the end of February,” Speaking further, he said that Egbin plant would soon increase its output by an additional 1,900MW, raising electricity generation to approximately 3,200MW with the use of new technology.

“We are employing a combined circle power plant which uses less of gas and produces more energy than we currently produce from the present plant. The plan is ongoing,” he stated.

Adesina noted that though Egbin Power plant is still being owed over N100 billion, the payment assurance scheme is helping a great deal to resolve part of the backlog of payment that plant has suffered adding that the Federal Government is increasingly paying from the payment assurance scheme ‘’which we are benefiting from,” .

According to NAPTIN’s Acting Director-General, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, the power sector needs consistent training to address the dearth of human capital. Saying it was imperative for the sector to bridge the knowledge gap by investing in its people through sustained collaboration between the public and private sectors


February 3, 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR (2nd right ), Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, (3rd left), Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (right), Managing Director/CEO Rural Electrification Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi ( 2nd left)  at the commissioning of the 9.5 MW capacity Independent Power Project in Ariaria market, Aba, Abia State

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday commissioned the Ariaria Market’s 9.5 megawatts (MW) capacity Independent Power Project, built by a private consortium under the Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI) of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to supply electricity to up to 47,000 shops and small businesses operating at the Ariaria International Market in Aba, Abia State.

The Ariaria IPP was funded, constructed and operated by Ariaria Market Energy Solutions Ltd (AMES) and consists of the following infrastructure–an independent clean gas-fired power plant, an extensive distribution network and metering systems for each shop.

Before the commissioning, the President noted that the market, which supplies its renowned ‘made in Aba’ products to countries along the West Africa coasts and Central Africa, had reportedly been challenged with the problem of inefficient electricity supply from the national grid, and this had often forced its occupants to rely on exorbitant alternative power sources.

He stated further that, “By providing a dedicated electricity supply to the traders and small businesses in this area, we are strengthening the made in Nigeria policy for which Abia and in particular, Aba and Ariaria are already well known.

On her part, the Managing Director/CEO of REA, Damilola Ogunbiyi, in her remarks, provided an overview of the project under the Energizing Economic Initiative (EEI) which she said was a Federal Government initiative to support rapid deployment of off grid electricity solutions to provide clean, safe, affordable and reliable electricity to economic and business clusters like markets, shopping centers, and industrial zones across Nigeria through private sector developers. She expressed special thanks to the President, while appreciating the support of NERC, the Govt. of Abia state, the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, the AMELS team, the Ariaria Market Association & other supporters of the project

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