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
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”
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
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
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
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, recently commended stakeholders in the power sector for adhering to safety compliance and enhancing the growth of the industry.
Fashola gave the commendation at the commissioning of the upgraded Chemical and Engineering Laboratory of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) in Lagos.
“This is now an ungraded and properly fitted laboratory to help the Agency in enforcing compliance in the power sector. It will also make them do their jobs effectively now that they have tools. We hope there will be improvement in all the operators’ compliance conducts,” Fashola said.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NEMSA and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Peter Ewesor, described the inauguration of the laboratory as a major milestone for NEMSA in the enhancement of its functions and mandate at enforcing technical standards and regulations regarding electrical materials, power equipment and industry-related chemicals, adding that it would help curb substandard equipment in the power sector.
Ewesor said the facility was a specialized analytical laboratory for inspection, sampling, test and analysis services for transformer insulating oils and lubricating oils. Others, he said, included greases of various grades, turbine oil, and hydraulic oil used in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and other allied industries, as well as potable and effluent water resources.
He said NEMSA would ensure quality checks in line with its mandate of ensuring safety and compliance with standards. He said, “The chemical and engineering laboratory is one of the vintage assets in NEMSA, currently being strategically positioned to ensure that only the right type, quality and specification of insulating oil/chemicals, electrical materials, lubricants of various grades, etc, are used in the Nigerian electricity supply industry and other allied industries.
“This laboratory has been operating as a reference quality control laboratory for the entire power industry since the era of the defunct National Electric Power Authority and Power Holding Company of Nigeria, and now in the post-privatisation era when NEMSA took it over in a dilapidated state in 2014.” It also has equipment for detecting, identifying and evaluating incipient faults within transformers and reactors, Dielectric Strength Tester – to determine oil viscosity.
According to him, NEMSA embarked on the upgrading and remodeling of the laboratory to provide accurate tests and analyses of insulating and cooling oils, lubricants and electrical properties of materials used in electrical equipment deployed or to be deployed in the industry and in other allied industries and workplaces in Nigeria
The Federal Government may soon license private meter firms to supply meters to homes and businesses across the country as 108 companies have applied and gone through the process of being certified by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in line with the Meter Asset Providers (MAP) policy of Government.
This policy, according to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, allows new businesses to enter the metering area. Just in the way the Gencos and Discos were licensed, we are going to license them too as meter asset providers in the value chain of power supply, adding that the meter providers would be licensed to supply meters to homes and businesses directly without necessarily waiting for the distribution companies.This, the minister said, will relieve the pressure on the finances of DisCos to supply meters.
The initiative, according to Fashola, did not discharge DisCos of the contractual obligation that they might have, but in a way, helped to ease the challenges they faced in financing the supply of meters by opening business for new operators to come in.
“At this moment, 108 companies have applied and they are going through the process of being certified by NERC. The policy is now playing out and the distance and transition between policy and impact we will see as soon as the supply of meters are done.
“These will also give great economic impact as there will be employment of technicians, installers, fitters who are going to be trained by our training institute, National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) as it will be kicking off in a couple of months,” Fashola said
Though Nigeria’s power transmission network currently hovers around 8, 000MW, the Federal Government, yesterday said there was no going back on achieving 20,000 megawatts of electricity transmission by 2021.
Speaking during the commissioning of two units of 60MVA transformers, which is expected to deliver 96 megawatts (MW) of electricity at the Suleja substation in Niger State, Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed said though it is only three years to the 20,000MW target, the plan would be achieved, stressing that the transformers needed for the improvement have been procured, while in-house capacity of TCN engineers have been upgraded
Our focus this week on the Power Sector Recovery Programme is on the eleventh “Action Steps towards PSRP Intervention Implementation”. Which is, Improve sector transparency: This is all about, regular publication of key operational and financial information on the power sector.
The Action steps towards implementation include:
* At the end of each fiscal year, NERC publiahes on its website: (i) audited financial statements of GenCos, DisCos, NBET and TCN; (ii) NERC monitoring report.
* Quarterly , NERC publishes in its website operational and financial (market settlement) data of DisCos and TCN, and operational data of GenCos, the System Operator and the Market Operations.
* FGN manages a centralized website (NESISTATS) that provides up to date information and a feedback loop check the progress and activities of the PSRP
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has reaffirmed Federal Government’s commitment to continually intervene in the power sector.
Fashola gave the assurance on Saturday in Lagos during a visit to the 700 KW mini-grid electricity supply under the Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI) at Iponri Market, saying that such interventions would include solar energy and renewable energy to ensure ease of doing business in the country.
The Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI) is a Government initiative implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). The project’s aim is to support the rapid deployment of off-grid electricity solutions to Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME’s) within economic clusters through private sector developers. The clusters include markets, shopping complexes and agricultural/industrial clusters.
According to Fashola, the SMME operators are the engine of growth in any economy. Saying “They are one of the best in the economy I have seen. They are hardworking people and our ease of doing business targets them specifically”. “First, we understand that energy is an important component of their businesses. They pay between N2, 000 to N5, 000 just for supply of energy”. “Now the solution we have brought for them has reduced that cost,” Fashola said.
He also said that the initiative was part of the Federal Government’s resolve in ensuring an inclusive government. “The president’s programme of ease of doing business has already hit the buzzer. It has reduced the cost of running and that is the ease of doing businesses”.
“The other thing is that we are now implementing also the policy that no Government before us was committed to developing energy through mini grid. So, Iponri, for example is now being powered by solar, it is also renewable. For those who asked, where is renewable policy? Come and see it in Iponri”. “It is in Sabon-geri and it is still also coming up in many other markets. You would have heard that from the shop owners that they now have the right and privilege to choose between the solar and the grid because they have both”.
“There are traces of where the grids and generators were and you have heard from some of them saying that they have left their generators behind because they are too noisy and were too unhealthy because there are carbon emissions”. “Again, the President has entered this market to reach the ordinary people to say, I hear you, I feel your pains,” he said.
Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi, said the mini-grid currently served 450 shops out of 1700 shops at Iponri, and that the shops were in different tiers depending on their level of consumption on the solar hybrid power system which has 700kw capacity.
Ademola Adesina, Chief Executive Officer of Resource Energy, owners of the Iponri Market Energy Solution Ltd., said the Company currently operates in six out of the 16 markets where the energizing economies projects were. He said that the Company plans to be in 12 markets out of the 300 major markets identified for the project, and that the Company could bid for and build more mini-grids and extend its service beyond major markets to some industrial clusters in future
FASHOLA BRIEFS THE PRESS ON THE STATE OF PLAY IN THE POWER SECTOR NEXT STEPS AND POLICY DIRECTIONS
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSAN middle Minister of State Surv Suleiman Zarma Hassan right and Permanent Secretary Power Engr Louis Edozien left during the HonMinisters Press Briefing onthe State of Play in the Power Sector Next Stepsand Policy Directions at the Ministry of PowerWorks Housing Headquarters Mabushi Abuja on Monday 9th July 2018
FASHOLAHASSAN AT THE 29TH MONTHLY POWER SECTOR OPERATORS MEETING IN MINNA NIGER STATE
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSAN middleMinister of State Surv Suleiman Zarma Hassanright and Permanent Secretary Power Engr Louis Edozien left during the 29th Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting hosted by Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited operators of Kainji and Jebba Hydro Power Plants on Monday13th August 2018 at the Justice Legbo Kutigi Hall Minna Niger State