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ELECTRIFICATION OF 37 FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES AND 7 UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITALS ON COURSE - REA

11 January, 2018
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN

The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has clearly disclosed that the planned Energizing Education Programme (EEP), which aims to provide dedicated and reliable electricity to 37 Federal Universities and 7 University Teaching Hospitals is on course for delivery in 2018.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), REA, Damilola Ogunbiyi made the disclosure  while assuring the public that a campaign to deny our Federal Universities and University Teaching Hospitals the opportunity to access uninterrupted power is unacceptable, emphasizing that majority of the Universities under the EEP are located in rural  communities; hence,  the REA’s involvement.

Damilola stated some milestones have been achieved indicating REA’s continued commitment to implement the programmes namely, approval by the Federal Executive Council, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Phase I universities as follows: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Bayero University Kano, Usumanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nnamdi Azikwe University, Anambra, University of Lagos, Akoka, Federal University of Petroleum Resources Delta, Obafemi Awolowo University and Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital,the inclusion of this project in the 2017 and proposed 2018 budget, no Objection to award contracts from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) for the Phase I EEP projects has been obtained and  approval from Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

FG TO REVIVE POWER PROJECTS IN 2018 - BUHARI

11 January, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed in his New Year speech on Monday that the federal government would revive all power projects to boost power supply across the country: “Repairs of Afam Power Station added 110MW in 2017 and another 240MW will be added this year through a private investment partnership. Katsina Wind Power Project is now being tested and producing 10MW of power from wind for the first time in Nigeria. It should be fully operational this year.”

“The Zungeru 700MW Hydroelectric Power Project, stalled by court cases is due for completion in 2019. The transmission and other requirements to operate the 30MW Gurara Phase 1 Hydroelectric Plant, the 40MW Kashimbilla Hydroelectric Plant and the 215 MW Kaduna Gas/LPG/Diesel Power Plant will also be completed this year.”

“A landmark project, Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project is, at last, taking off. This project has been on the drawing board for 40 years, but now the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the 3,050MW project has been agreed with a Chinese joint venture company with a financing commitment from the government of China. Completion is targeted for 2023.”

EGBIN POWER TARGETS ADDITIONAL 1800MW UNDER PHASE 2 EXPANSION PLAN

11 January, 2018
Ebgin Thermal Power Plant, Ikorodu, Lagos State

Management of Egbin Power Plc. has reiterated its commitment to fast track its planned investments in gas pipelines, the proposed Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) project for the Egbin Phase 2 project with an estimated capacity of between 1,350 Megawatts and 1800MW using modern technologies as well as the deployment of renewable energy sources to boost the plant’s productivity.

Chairman, Egbin Power Plc., Kola Adesina, speaking at the unveiling of the company’s second sustainability report assured of the management's commitment to lift capacity generation of the company in its expansion drive. ‘’Egbin Power Plc. Is working in collaboration with other stakeholders to drive the adoption of a strategic direction that would re- position the sector for optimized performance’’, he added.

The Company is set to leverage on the recently declared eligible customer regime and mini-grid regulations to advance system stability and improved service delivery. He noted that the plan would enable power sector operators to establish various resolution mechanisms to deal with critical challenges within the system to increase generation capacity. Following its privatisation, Egbin has continuously invested in human capital and infrastructure upgrade to enhance efficiency.

AFDB ACHIEVES 100% INVESTMENT IN GREEN ENERGY PROJECT

11 January, 2018
African Development Bank (AfDB) Logo

The African Development Bank (AfDB), achieved a 100% investment in renewable energy in 2017, a landmark in its commitment to clean energy and energy efficiency.

Power generation projects with a cumulative 1,400 megawatts exclusively from renewables were approved during the year, with plans to increase support for renewable energy projects in 2018 under the New Deal on Energy for Africa.  According to the Bank's President, Akinwunmi Adesina, “we are clearly leading on renewable energy.  We will help Africa unlock its full energy potential, while developing a balanced energy mix to support industrialization’’. "Our commitment is to ensure 100% climate screening for all Bank financed projects",  he added.

He revealed that the share of renewable energy projects as a portion of the Bank’s portfolio of power generation investments increased from 14% in 2017-2011, to 64% in 2012-2016. The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) whose goal is to deliver 300Gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2030 and 10 GW by 2020, is now based within the Bank, as requested by African Heads of States and Government.

NEMSA EMBARKS ON A NATIONWIDE TECHNICAL MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF PRIMARY 33KV FEEDER LINES WITH ASSOCIATED 33/11KV INJECTION SUBSTATIONS

27 December, 2017
MD/CEO, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc., Marilyn Amobi and CEO, Kingline Power Nigeria Ltd, Sean Kim, signing the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA),in Abuja, for the construction of 550MW.

The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has commenced a Nationwide Technical Monitoring and Evaluation of the primary 33KV feeder lines and associated 33/11KV injection substations with supply source from 330/132/33KV transmission substations.

The exercise is to identify constraints militating against quick realization of the Federal Government’s policy and efforts for sustainability of the incremental, steady and uninterrupted power supply as they are achieved through the 33KV primary feeder lines to the 33/11KV injection substations and subsequently through the 11KV feeder lines and associated distribution transformers and finally to the consumers. Also this is to identify the high risk and technical loss points along the 33KV feeder lines. Again this is to enable NEMSA find out the causes/reasons for load rejection by the DisCos and to make recommendations for dealing with identified issues/challenges.

MD/CEO NEMSA & Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Engr. Peter O. Ewesor, while on one of the inspections, said “the importance of the exercise cannot be overemphasized in light of the spate of the increasing number of electrical accidents and incidents, power failures/outages at the downstream-of the power value chain (power distribution networks) even when there is a huge increase in power generation in the grid system”. Furthermore, “the exercise will identify high risk defective networks that pose serious threat and danger to operators’ operational staff and the general public for immediate attention and correction/rectification by respective DisCos and TCN.

The exercise, which commenced on the 18th of October, 2017, has so far covered Abuja, Ikeja, Kano, Benin, Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Enugu DisCo’s networks and the exercise is still ongoing.

Therefore, the importance and the expected positive impact of this National Technical Monitoring and Evaluation exercise which is part fulfilment of NEMSA’s mandate cannot be overemphasized. During the exercise, some of the DisCos were given immediate order to effect rectification of the defects and lack of procedures that were observed.

TCN SET TO COMMISSION 18 MORE TRANSMISSION PROJECTS WITH 1,100MW CAPACITY

27 December, 2017
MD/CEO, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc., Marilyn Amobi and CEO, Kingline Power Nigeria Ltd, Sean Kim, signing the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA),in Abuja, for the construction of 550MW.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is about to increase its wheeling capacity by 1,100mw as it is set to commission 18 completed transmission projects (substations’ and high voltage transformers) across the country.

Interim Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed disclosed this on Thursday 14th December 2017, in his remark preceding a tour to TCN’s three substations in Apo and Katampe, in the FCT, and Suleja, in Niger State respectively. All the 18 projects most of which are to be completed on or before the end of December, 2017 will be commissioned at different dates between now and end of January, 2018.  According to him, the projects when commissioned will help evacuate 1,100 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid.

He said after that is achieved, TCN will begin to re-conduct transmission lines sometime beyond the first quarter of next year to ensure that even as more power is wheeled, it is appropriately delivered for onward distribution.

Mohammed further stated that, across the country several projects which would cumulatively add over 1,000MW transformer capacity to the grid before January 31, 2018 were almost at their completion stages.

ONDO, KINGLINE SIGN PPPA FOR 550MW PLANT

27 December, 2017
MD/CEO, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc., Marilyn Amobi and CEO, Kingline Power Nigeria Ltd, Sean Kim, signing the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA),in Abuja, for the construction of 550MW.

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, recently superintended over the signing of a Public Private Power Purchase Agreement (PPPA) between Kingline Power Nigeria Ltd and Ondo State Government for the construction of a 550 megawatts power plant in the State.

At the ceremony, the Minister noted that the event shows that more power would soon be added to the national grid.He commended Kingline Power, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) and other actors in the process of negotiation and approval. He also commended the Ondo State Government in particular, for the fact that it is a local investment by the State Government, which confirms clearly that a State can do such a project.  There are no legislation barring the States, except the regulatory guidelines which they must comply with. The Azura 500MW Independent Power Project (IPP), followed this same process and is expected to come on stream in a few months’ time, so Kingline is expected to do same.

Managing Director (MD) of NBET, who signed the document on behalf of the Federal Government, stated that the PPA was procured within the least cost development plan of the NBET, and that it had gone through the regulatory processes as well as a review by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), and legal advice, from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. She commended the Minister and the Presidency for their cooperation during the processing stage that has culminated in the signing of the agreement, saying the move is part of government’s effort towards achieving the incremental power target. She also cautioned against delay in project execution as this could affect the meeting-up with the signed agreement with the government of Nigeria.

With the final signing of the PPA by the Managing Director of NBET,  Marilyn Amobi, and Chief Executive Officer of Kingline, Sean Kim, Kingline indicated that it would now move to achieve a financial closure on the project within third quarter (Q3) of 2018, and subsequently commence construction that would add 550MW to the national grid by 2020.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ADD 1,129MW TO THE NATIONAL GRID – FASHOLA

27 December, 2017
Geregu Power Plant, Ajaokuta, Kogi State

The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, has said that efforts are on to add a total of 1,129MW of Power to the National Grid in 2018 from the following plants: Azura (450MW), Katsina Wind Farm (10MW), Gbarain (115MW), Gurara (30MW), Dadin – Kowa (29MW), and it will require significant upgrades in distribution to reach customers excluding the mini – grids and Solar home systems, all off – grid that will come on stream in 2018.

This development was contained in a Communiqué issued at the end of the 22nd monthly meeting of the Power Sector Operators, hosted by the Kogi State Government in collaboration with Geregu Power Plc. at Geregu Power Plant, Ajaokuta, Kogi State recently.

The meeting according to the Communiqué, acknowledged the Kogi State Government for resolving the way leave problems that were preventing progress on the construction of the TCN substation of Kabba.  Completion of the substation will increase delivery of power to Kabba and itsenvirons.  “It also acknowledged ‘’significant improvement of generation capacity from what it was in January/March 2017, when it was constrained by gas and debts to Gencos and Gas suppliers”.  “As an example of improvements in generation, only one out of three turbines each in Geregu I and II were running when the Minister visited in 2016, and now all three turbines in Geregu I are running.

It was also noted that available nationwide generation capacity has reached over 7,000MW, which can be evacuated due to TCN’s efforts to improve and complete transmission facilities with the support of the State Government, such as Kogi State. Distribution Companies have pledged to match the transmission capacity in order to deliver the additional 2000MW to consumers.

Also the Minister disclosed that Forte Oil Plc. and new owners of the Geregu Power Plant in Kogi State have invested $94 Million in the plant targeting to raise its generation capacity from 414 megawatts to 434 megawatts of electricity.

TCN NATIONAL GRID SUPPLIED  POWER PEAKED AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 5,155MW

19 December, 2017
Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN (left), Minister of State, Surv. Suleiman Zarma Hassan (right) and Governor of Kogi State, Yahya Bello (left) inspecting the Geregu 1 Power Plant  during the 22nd Monthly Meeting with Power Sector Operators hosted by the Kogi State Government and Geregu Power Plc, at the Geregu Power 1 Plc, Ajaokuta , Kogi State on Monday , 11th December, 2017

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN has reported that in the last month, reports and feedback confirmed that the power sector has surpassed not only the peak of grid supply during the rains, but Nigeria’s highest ever peak grid supply.

Fashola disclosed that as at Tuesday 5th of December 2017, the peak supply reached 5,019 MW, which was below the 5,074 MW we achieved in January 2016 adding however, on Friday 8th December,2017,grid supplied power peaked at an all-time high of 5,155 MW, over the January 2016 figure of 5,074 MW.

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

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

While I value the work that you have done, I will implore you to remember that Nigerians expect more and there is still a lot of hard work ahead. The fact that we can produce over 7,000 MW and can now only put over 5,000 MW on the grid means that we have 2,000 MW of unused power left in a country where many still require power.

FG’S PAYMENT ASSURANCE GUARANTEE YIELDING POSITIVE RESULTS, SAYS FASHOLA

19 December, 2017
Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN (left), Minister of State, Surv. Suleiman Zarma Hassan (right) and Governor of Kogi State, Yahya Bello (left) inspecting the Geregu 1 Power Plant  during the 22nd Monthly Meeting with Power Sector Operators hosted by the Kogi State Government and Geregu Power Plc, at the Geregu Power 1 Plc, Ajaokuta , Kogi State on Monday , 11th December, 2017

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, has disclosed that the N701 billion payment assurance guarantee recently approved by the Federal Government is yielding positive results as it has brought confidence to the production side of the power business and resulted in increased power production taking us to an all-time high of over 7,000MW of power availability.

The Minister stated this at the 22nd Monthly Meeting with Power Sector Operators hosted by the Kogi State Government and Geregu Power Plc., at the Geregu Power 1 Plc., Ajaokuta, Kogi State on Monday, 11th December, 2017.

Fashola reiterated that government action in transmission service expansion through Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and feedback about service points where service is required from TCN, has helped to increase transmission capacity which took us to over 4,000MW grid available power, that was relatively steady, adding that in the course of the year, slowly but steadily, the incidents of total and partial grid collapses have begun to reduce

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FASHOLA LALONGYAYALE AHMED AT THE 15TH MONTHLY MEETING OF POWER SECTOR OPERATORS IN PLATEAU STATE

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