Professor James Momoh has been confirmed as Board Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).The confirmation followed a report by the Senate Committee on Power presented by Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe to the Senate on Tuesday.
Senator Abaribe explained that the nominee was found competent following his screening in line with earlier mandate handed down to the Committee and in line with Nigeria Electricity Act and
Momoh is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Director of Energy Services and Controls at Howard University, United States of America. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, and has over three decades of teaching and research experience in power system, smart grid, optimization and power communications.
Prof Momoh has a Doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Howard University; Master’s degrees in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania; and electrical engineering from Carnegie University. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1975 from Howard University. The 1987 recipient of the National Science Foundation-US White House Presidential Young Investigator Award is a widely published scholar and has held several professional leadership positions in the academia. The 1987 recipient of the National Science Foundation-US White House Presidential Young Investigator Award is a widely published scholar and has held several professional leadership positions in the academia.
“President Buhari strongly believes that Prof Momoh has the technical knowledge, capacity and integrity to lead the Commission’s effort to bring about the much needed change in Nigeria’s power sector”.
The Certified Institute of Public Administrators (CIPA), Ghana, in its recognition of Leaders with exemplary performance and proven integrity in the discharge of duties has decorated a distinguished Public Administrator, Engr. Ahmed Abdu, FNSE, as a Fellow of the Institute. At the presentation, President of the Institute, Dr. Felix Lowen, FCPA, Director General, Agency for Good Governance and Social Department/ Certified Institute of Public administrators, Ghana stated that Engr. Ahmed Abdu, FNSE, deserved the award as his contributions to the Nigerian Public Sector would assist in lifting the Institute to greater heights as well as his being the Institute’s worthy Ambassador in Nigeria
Engr. Abdu, has served as a Director of Energy Infrastructure Department, Civil Infrastructure Department, Agriculture and Water Resources Department, at the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and became an Acting Director-General of Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) in Nigeria. He was born on 16 May 1960 in Gololo, Gamawa Local Government Area of Bauchi State. He obtained an M. Sc. in Structural Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University in 1990-1992, after earning a B. Science in Building in 1984 –1987 from the same institution. He had earned a Diploma in Civil Engineering from. Kaduna Polytechnic in 1980 – 1983.
He has received training in International Procurement, Leadership and Management at International Law Institute (ILI), Washington DC, USA and in Monitoring and Evaluation at Royal Institute of Public Administration (RIPA- International), London, UK. He has also received training in several Nigerian institutions, including the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Jos, where he was trained in “Scenario Planning for National Change. He is a Corporate Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB); and Procurement Professionals Association (PPA).
Abdu has brought his wealth of experience and expertise to the Electricity Sector, where he is currently serving as the Director of Procurement in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector).
Some of the other awards received by the recipient include: Fellow Certified Public Administrators of England and Wales, West African Leadership Icon Award by Global Vision communication, Togo and Pan- African Exemplary Leadership Honour by West African Student Union Parliament (WASUP) among others
A month ahead of the planned official commissioning of its 450 megawatts (MW) capacity power generation plant, Azura Power has announced the completion of its whole plant run, indicating that all of its three turbines with a collective output of 450MW have been deployed in Nigeria’s national grid.
The $900 million power plant, located in Benin City, Edo State, was originally supposed to be completed by December this year, but it achieved a construction timeline cutback record of about seven months and has thus been planned for commissioning in May. The coming on grid of its three units could, however, improve the total amount of electricity available to the national grid by 450MW. Currently, Nigeria distributes an average of 4000MW to electricity consumers across the nation.
Deputy Managing Director of Azura, Edu Okeke, confirming the development, stated that 450MW of Azura’s power was now going to the grid. According to him, ‘’with the successful synchronization of all three turbines to the grid, Azura and Federal Government of Nigeria's agencies have shown confidence that the early completion and evacuation of the plant will be met. Great congratulations to all the workers that made it happen’’, as this is a great milestone.
On December 20, 2017, Azura’s first turbine was synchronized to the national grid and subsequently began producing electricity for distribution across the country. After the synchronization of the first turbine, the company announced that it would undertake a four-month period of intensive commissioning of the other turbines, starting from the end of January to the beginning of March 2018.It stated then that the commissioning process will conclude at the end of April 2018, when the plant would reach full commercial operations
Four power generation plants capable of adding 1,262MW of electricity to the power grid have been primed to commence operations soon, operators of the facilities have disclosed. Three of the plants, under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), currently being managed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), would be fired up in a couple of weeks as all impediments hampering their completion had been removed.
The 225MW Gbarain plant, 572MW steam-fired Alaoji plant, 225MW Omoku plant, and 240MW Afam III Fast Plant are almost set to start contributing to the national grid. The NDPHC manages the Gbarain, Mokoku and Alaoji power plants, while the Afam Power Plc. operates the Afam III Fast Power Plant. The Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, NDPHC, Ifeoluwa Oyedele, said that in a couple of months, beginning from April, all the remaining power plants being handled by the Company would be completed and fired up.
Communities in Ikot Okoro, Essien Udim, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State would soon be connected directly to the national grid, from the 330kv Ikot Ekpene Transmission Switching Station as effort is being intensified to construct a 2X150MVA and 2X60MVA 132/33KV Transmission Substation within the premises by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This was disclosed by the General Manager, Port Harcourt Regional Transmission, Engr. Solomom Emmanuel Oyouku during the presentation of the Power Project sites and operational facilities to a select media correspondents and some Management Staff of the Ministry at the 330kv Ikot Ekpene Switching Transmission Station, Akwa Ibom State. He further revealed that the switchyard which was built to wheel power to the national grid has 12 circuits that can supply power to Afam, Alaoji, Ugwuaji, Ajeokuta and Makurdi amongst others. The switchyard is also to stabilize power to the National Grid.
Project Manager, Income Electrix, Engr. Uche Ibukole, who is in charge of construction of the transmission substation, on his part, said civil work for the construction of the foundation of 6 feeders for transformers is almost completed and currently his company has mobilized over 100 workers to the site from the host communities. Ibukole also disclosed that upon completion, the transmission substation will directly supply electricity to the host communities. Ikot Ekpene currently receives electricity directly from Uyo, Akwa ibom State.
Managing Director/CEO of Afam Power PLC, Olumide Obademi has revealed that construction work on Afam 3 Fast Power Plant has reached completion stage, stating that the plant was made up of eight turbines. According to him, each turbine has a capacity of 30MW, totaling a capacity of 240MW, adding that the plant would provide electricity to 1.5 million households across the country.
Obademi said, “By January 2017, the civil work commenced in preparation for the arrival of eight GE TM2500 turbines and its auxiliaries with a total capacity of 240MW each. Before the end of 2017 all the eight turbines and the auxiliaries arrived site. Installation and assembling commenced immediately. Presently, the installation of the turbines and generators has been completed, while the installation of the auxiliaries is in progress and about 90 percent completed”.
Afam III Fast Power, the fast, trailer mounted mobile gas turbine or modular power generation solutions initiated under the Federal Government’s Fast Power Programme, in line with the Buhari led Administration’s incremental power plan, is expected to add 240MW of electricity to the national grid when fully operational. The project tagged “Power on the Wheel”, a fuel flexible plant will provide electricity to 1.5million Nigerian homes.
During the presentation of the plant to journalists and Staff of the Ministry on Tuesday it was disclosed that the project was a direct response to the Nigerian Emergency Fast Power Initiative and we are committed to supporting the government’s strategy”. “In such remarkable time, our team in collaboration with the Ministry of Power have taken a previously unutilized site and are turning it into a viable, modern power plant that will be able to provide enough electricity for up to 1.5 million Nigerian homes upon completion. He further pledged the Company’s continued support to government’s commitment in implementing strategic actions to deliver its objectives in line with the Power Sector Recovery Plan. Explaining further, he said GE’s TM2500 Fast Power Solution delivers reliable and efficient power with speed. It can operate on gas and or distillate liquid fuel and emits approximately 50% lower emissions compared to diesel generators when operating on national gas
.On his part, Managing Director, Gas Power Systems (Nigeria), General Electric (GE) Mohammed Mijindadi while conducting journalists round the site said the project which is 90% completed will be of great benefit to the Country, adding that “the TM2500 generator set, which is trailer mounted can also be installed faster than traditional power plants, and make it ideally suited to meet Nigeria’s growing energy demand”. He disclosed that GE and the Federal Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in 2016 to achieve the country’s additional power capacity target of 10,000MW.
The Mando - Kakuri transmission lines are being upgraded by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to raise its bulk electricity capacity from 80MW to 240MW.
According to the Company, its decision to undertake the upgrade of the transmission lines on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm is to ensure that inconvenience to electricity customers is minimized. It further stated that on completion there would be increased electricity supply to the state through the Mando-Kakuri transmission line and that the upgrade was the best way for electricity customers to feel the impact of two new 60MVA transformers recently installed in the metropolis
The Federal Government says solving Nigeria’s energy challenge has always been its focus and it is pleased that the roadmap for incremental, stable and uninterrupted power supply by the Ministry is being actualized with the rehabilitation of Afam Power PLC, in Rivers State to the grid as a result of the Federal Government’s quick intervention.
This was disclosed during the presentation of the plant by the Ministry to a select team of journalists on Tuesday 27th March, 2018. Fielding questions from newsmen after the inspection, MD/CEO of Afam Power PLC, Engr. Olumide Obademi said Afam 4 which is one of the oldest power plants in the country, generates 110MW while Afam 6 which is one of the best power plant in the country, have the capacity of producing above 500MW of electricity, adding that Afam Power Plc., consists of twenty Gas Turbines which were installed in five phases as the power demand in the Grid increased.
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said it has completed the installation and commissioning of two brand new 60MVA 132/33kV power transformers in its transmission substations in Uyo and Kano states respectively.TCN said that the brand new 60MVA 132/33kV power transformer in its Uyo transmission substation, was installed to replace the burnt 60MVA LEEC power transformer which caught fire in the substation last month.
The 60MVA power transformer which was energized on 22nd March, 2018, increased the number of 60MVA power transformers in the substation to three and has equally increased the Uyo Substation capacity from 120MVA to 180MVA. The additional transformer capacity means improved power supply to distribution customers of Port-Harcourt DisCo, Uyo, Oron, Mbo, Ikot-Ekpene, Abak, Ethan, Airport and its environs.
In the same vein, the capacity of Dan Agundi Substation, Kano State, has increased from 60MVA to 120MVA, with the successful installation of a brand new 60MVA power transformer in the substation. The transformer installation which was initially awarded to a contractor was taken over by TCN engineers, with a mandate to complete installation within two weeks. The new Dan Agundi transformer TCN said, has been delivered and energized after all the pre-commissioning tests were completed. Once energized, electricity transmission to Kano Electricity Distribution Company for delivery to its customers in Kano would improve substantially.
FASHOLA INSPECTS NATIONAL HOUSING PROGRAMME FEDERALGOVERNMENT HIGHWAYS IN KEBBI STATE
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SANleft interacting with Project Supervisor of one of the companies engaged for theNational Housing ProgrammeMimman Ultimate Concept Nig Ltd Mr Biliaminu Folorunshoright during the Hon Ministers inspection of the National Housing Programme and other Federal Government under the Ministry inKebbi State on Tuesday 8thMay 2018
FASHOLA DELIVERS PUBLIC LECTURE ON POWER SECTOR REFORMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN right being welcomed by ProChancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos Dr Wale Babalakin SAN2nd left the Vice Chancellor University of Lagos Prof Rahamon Bello left and former Commissioner of Finance in Lagos State Mr Ayo Gbeleyi 2nd right to the University where the Minister delivered a lecture on the topic Power Sector Reforms Challenges and the Way Forward at the Department of Economics 2017 Distinguished Public Lecture Series held at the JF Ade Ajayi Auditorium Former Main Auditorium University of Lagos on Thursday 13th July 2017