In line with its vision of delivering quality service to its customers, the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has reached out to 150 communities within its franchise area in three months.
The company has also upgraded its facilities in about 15 communities in Kwara State by renovating the Sawmill’s 3x15MVA, 33/11KV and Agba Dam’s 2x15MVA, 33/1111KV injection Substations which will serve customers in Oko-Erin, Ita-Amoda, Niger, Edun and Balogun communities, among others.
Rural villages, small scale businesses and key government establishments in Kwara State will be major beneficiaries of a planned deployment of Solar Energy System by the State Government aimed at boosting electricity supply and enhancing economic activities, the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has disclosed.
Governor Ahmed, who made the disclosure when he received the National President, Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN), Otunba Dele Akintola at the Government House, Ilorin, explained that the system would provide alternative source of energy supply to critical sectors instead of relying solely on energy supply from the national grid.
The Governor reiterated that places that would benefit from the proposed solar energy systems would include the State’s Water Corporation, government hospitals, villages, small businesses and isolated critical government areas.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has again increased transformer capacity in its Ajah substation with the commissioning of a 60MVA 132/33kV power transformer which was successfully refurbished, installed and commissioned into service on July 11th, 2017.
General Manager (Public Affairs) of the company, Mrs Seun Olagunju, who disclosed this in a statement, said the newly installed 60MVA 132/33kV power transformer replaces an old 60MVA transformer that failed in the substation on the 28th of August, 2016. This has brought the station’s transformer capacity, previously at 132kV level, to 220MVA even as, according to her, “TCN is also installing another 60MVA 132/33kV mobile power transformer in the same station to further increase transmission capacity in the area”.
The General Manager, who said installation work had reached advanced stages, added that on completion, the mobile transformer would increase the transmission capacity in the substation to 280MW, “which is above the distribution load requirement in the area”, adding that the increased capacity of the Ajah transmission substation meant that additional power was now available to be wheeled to distribution load centres supplying electricity to Ajah and environs.
Eleven days after they lost power supply due to the collapse of tower No 183 as a result of severe flashflood caused by heavy rainfall, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has successfully restored electricity supply to BirninGwari and Yauri in Kaduna and Kebbi States respectively.
TCN’s General Manager, Mrs SeunOlagunju, who disclosed this in a statement, said Power supply was restored at about 5:10pm on Monday, 24th July, 2017 adding that the company’s 132kV Transmission Tower No 183, between Tegina and Kontagora in Niger State, had collapsed at about 7a.m on Thursday, 13th July, 2017, due to severe flashflood which eroded the base of the transmission tower, “despite remedial works carried out to fortify its foundation”.
According to Olagunju, TCN’s engineering crew were immediately mobilized to the site of the incident and worked assiduously to construct transmission line by-pass towers that would ensure supply of electricity to the areas affected by the incident adding that the transmission line by-pass towers were successfully erected and power supply restored to Birnin Gwari and Yauri on the 24th of July, 2017. With the transmission line by-pass tower, TCN “has resumed normal transmission of electricity to Yauri and BirninGwari Emirates under Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC)”.
Following its conferment with the Centre of Excellence, (CoE) in Training for the Power Sector in Africa, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, (NAPTIN) has joined the league of professional power trainers in Africa. The Institute was conferred with the certification after the assessment of its application by the African Network of Centres of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE).
The recent conferment admits NAPTIN into the membership of ANCEE, a Pan African initiative led by Association of Power Utilities of Africa, (APUA ) with the support of the AgenceFrancaise Development (AFD), African Development Bank and the European Union, among others.
Benefits accruing to NAPTIN, as a member of ANCEE, include sharing knowledge and best practices with other CoEs in the region, increase in its offered courses and being at a vantage position to attract foreign direct investment through training patronage from other African countries at the instance of APUA, which will enable it to upgrade its training facilities and increase the quality of training in line with international best practice.
NAPTIN, which is the only representative of ANCEE in West Africa and one of the eight training centres of the network in Africa, has started reaping some of these benefits as it has been requested by APUA to design selected training programmes for some 42 members of staff of the utility companies in Ghana, while NAPTIN’S staff will also be facilitating in a training programme for the power utility company of Mali.
As part of continued efforts to improve power supply in the nation, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has commissioned a new 40MVA Transformer at its 132/33kV transmission sub-station at Mayo-Belwa in Adamawa State.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Seun Olagunju, which indicated that with the completion of the new station, transmission capacity in Yola Sub-Region has increased with about 32MW. The Mayo-Belwa 132/33kV Substation connects Ngurore 33kV Feeder and Mayo-Belwa 33kV Feeder thus extending power supply to Jada, Toungo, Ganye and several other towns and villages in Taraba State. Prior to the construction of this new station, Mayo-Belwa received power supply from Yola Transmission Station, through the 33kV Mayo-Belwa/ Numan feeder.
The statement further revealed that TCN is working assidiously with the Kaduna State government to build two new 330kV substations in Kaduna and Zaria and three additional 132kV substations at Rigasa, Kakau and Jaji as well as the reconstruction of the Kaduna-Kano 330kV SC transmission line. The company is also collaborating with Kebbi, Kano, Ogun, Lagos, Bauchi, Abia and Edo State Governors among others, in implementing its flagship Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP).
Two communities in Kaduna State, Gnami and Pakau, have enjoyed two years of uninterrupted power supply, courtesy of the renewable energy initiative project of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing aimed at providing affordable and reliable access to electricity to rural dwellers through solar powered systems.
Members of the communities made the disclosure when delegates from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states visited the two communities to mark the end of their week long Regional Training Workshop on Improvement of Policy and Regulatory Framework for Clean Energy Mini – Grids and on the Renewable Energy Tariff Tool Box which took place in Abuja.
In his remarks during the visit, the Permanent Secretary (Power) in the Ministry, Engr. Louis Edozien, said the project was in line with the present administration’s drive towards providing access to electricity to rural communities that may not in the distant future have access to electricity due to distance from the national grid.
Edozien,who was represented by the Ag. Director, Renewable Energy, in the Ministry, Engr. Faruk Yabo, was certain that with the renewed interest in solar and other renewables, more jobs would be created, pointing out that since the two communities were electrified, various types of artisan businesses have been springing up while new houses were being built.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), has been signed between Kano State Government and Dangote Group for the proposed 100MW Dangote-Black-Rhino Solar Power Plant which would be located at Zakirai Town in Gabasawa Local Government Area of the State.
The project, on completion will add 100MW to Kano State electricity supply which will also aid the State's economic potentials as well as boost the socio - economic activities of the people.
The power plant will be fully financed by Dangote Industries Limited and Global strategic partner, Black–Rhino and would convert abundant energy of the sun into high quality clean energy.
In line with Federal Government’s bid to make constant power supply available through alternative power solutions, a Private Sector power supply company, Simba Group of Companies, has introduced a new flexible and affordable payment plan, “Simba Simple – Pay” for its customers.
The new flexible payment plan is a customer financing scheme that empowers customers to procure Luminous inverters and batteries through convenient payment terms without the burden of bulk payment, but enables willing customers pay in installments.
Following its conferment with the Centre of Excellence, (CoE) in Training for the Power Sector in Africa,the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, (NAPTIN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU), with the Association of Power Utilities in Africa, (APUA),aimed at developing capacity in power utilities across the Continent.
As a member of the African Network of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE), some of the benefits accruing to the Institute include sharing knowledge and best practices with other CoEs,particularly in the western and southern parts of Africa, increase in its offered courses and being at a vantage position to attract foreign direct investment through training patronage from other African countries at the instance of APUA, which will enable it to upgrade its training facilities and increase the quality of training in line with international best practice.
Other benefits accruing to it as a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in training for the power sector in Africa also includes eligibility to tap into a €13 million training fund set aside by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and French Development Bank for capacity development of power firms in African countries.
Reacting to the development, the Acting Director General of NAPTIN,Ahmed BolajiNagode, described it as a unique achievement which, according to him, “didn’t come on a platter of gold to the Institute”, assuring that NAPTIN would make the best use of the opportunity granted it byAPUA.
Nagode, who expressed optimism that the MOU would further open up NAPTIN to cross fertilization of ideas with other professionals in power utilities across the Continent while also enhancing the Institute’s revenue base, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing for supporting the institute in attaining its present professional feat.
In his reaction also, the Director General of APUA,Abel Didier Tella, underscored the importance of manpower development in the area of power utilities, particularly in Africa, saying he was certain that NAPTIN ,”with requisite human and material resources”, would live up to expectation in the newly assigned task.
According to Tella, “the Institute’s rich faculties, with eight fully equipped training centres across the six geo political zones of Nigeria, offering about fifty professional courses in electricity generation, distribution and transmission, will not only provide the needed training but will be a catalyst to the overall development of the power sector in Africa”, adding that there could not be a more suitable Centre of Excellence in Electricity in the West African sub region than NAPTIN.
The signing of the MOU will make NAPTIN, which is the only Certified Power Training Institute in the West African Sub-Region, a professional rallying point for capacity development on power utilities in Africa and further support the revenue generation drive of the Federal Government through Foreign Direct Investment, (FDI).
FASHOLA JAPANESE AMBASSADOR KUSAOKE AT THE COMMISSIONING OF 60MVAR CAPACITOR BANK IN ABUJA
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN middle Managing DirectorCEO Transmission Company of NigeriaTCN MrUsman Gur Mohammedleft and Special Guest of Honour Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Sadanobu Kusaokerightduring the commissioning of 60MVAR Capacitor Bank funded by Japanese International Cooperation Agency JICA at Apo 13233kV Transmission Substation Apo Abuja on Thursday 12 April 2018
FASHOLA PRESIDES AT THE INAUGURATION OF ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION COUNCIL OF NIGERIA ARCON
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSANright Arc Francis Evbuomwan 3rd right Arc Ladipo Lewis3rd left Arc Dipo Adebo2nd left and Arc Ali Mukhtarleft duringthe inauguration of the Architects Registration Council of NigeriaARCON at the Ministry of PowerWorks Housing Headquarters Mabushi Abuja on Tuesday 12th June 2018