Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyisays her organization has achieved significant improvement in rural electrification through Data Technology. “The success of the REA programmes has been in the use of data and technology to plan projects. We have an energy database on the REA website and conduct extensive energy demand studies to determine the actual needs of the people before a solution is proposed’, Ogunbiyi added, pointing out that under her leadership, REA has developed an off-grid electrification strategy and improved its communication with stakeholders.
According to her, “the first step was the development of the off-grid electrification strategy, in line with the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP). The primary objective is to increase electricity access to rural and underserved clusters. This strategy supports energy access and economic growth by providing power solutions through mini grids, solar stand-alone systems, and power to universities – through our energizing education programme, and power to major Small and Medium Enterprises through the Energizing Economies Initiative”. Speaking further, she said: “with the universities, it’s a transformational programme which will allow us to see the direct correlation between sustainable energy and education. It is also important because a lot of research centers and hubs, and teaching hospitals have been underutilized because they don’t have enough energy and there has been a lot of international funding that can be channeled to these institutions as well. I think the knock-on effect is going to be phenomenal, particularly in the quality of future Nigerian graduates as a result of uninterrupted electricity”.
Ogunbiyi disclosed that the Agency has funds to commence the programme, which would be carried out in phases, phase one of which would start with nine universities and one teaching hospital across all geopolitical zones. She stated that REA is on a mission to turn thingsaround because providing adequate and sustainable power supply will go a long way in alleviating poverty in the country.
The 10megawatts Katsina Wind Farm located in Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina State will soon be commissioned as work on the site is almost at hundred percent completion and upon commissioning will boost electricity supply to the State.
The team of inspectors who were at the site to access the level of completion led by the Deputy Director, Energy Resources Department in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr. Olatunbosun Owoeye was taken round the project and assured that the project will be commissioned by the end of this Month.
The Katsina Wind Farm project when operational, the 10megawatts generated electricity will be sent through the Liyafa Injection Sub-station already dedicated to the project with 2X7.5MVA transformers will supply electricity to the host communities and Katsina State Metropolis.
The Federal Government says it is focused on improving power access to satisfy the population’s increasing demand for reliable electricity,especiallythrough renewable energyto those in the rural areas, where approximately 70% of dwellers do not have access to the national grid. The Minister of State 11 Power, Works and Housing, Surveyor Suleiman Hassan made this known while speaking at the Closure of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme 1 (NESP1) and the Launch of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme 11 (NESP11) recently in Abuja.
“Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) is co – funded by the European Union and the German Government and jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenaibet (GIZ) and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. The phase 1 of the NESP started in 2013 and ended in 2017. The second phase would last from 2018 to 2020”, Suleiman said. He further stated that the first phase was successful and contributed in providing electricity to about 10, 000 people in Sokoto, Niger, Ogun, Cross River and Plateau state.
On her part, the Programme Head, Nigerian Energy Support Programme, InaHommers said that 33 million Euros had been earmarked to execute the second phase of the NESP to enhance further developments in Nigeria’s power sector especially renewable energy. She said the EU would provide 20 million Euros while the German government would give 13 million Euros to support the programme. “The programme will ensure as part of its schedule that up to 500MW of solar photovoltaic electricity is procured and generated to serve the people of Nigeria. It will also provide support to renewable energy operators to scale up their electricity provision” she said.
Earlier, the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, KarlsenKetil stated that studies had shown that Nigeria could generate up to 53, 950MW of electricity from solar and hydro sources. Saying there was a need to ensure that the right investments were made in this regards. He disclosed that the success of the first phase of the NESP inspired the EU to continue with its support for the second phase, and called for a replication of the same expertise that was used in implementing the first phase.
In line with the policy of this Administration on incremental power, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it has installed and energized new transformers and transmission lines in its substations in five states to improve electricity supply in the country. The company listed the lines to include: 1X60MWA power transformer in Katsina substation, 1X100MVA transformer in Ejigbo substation and 2X60MVA in Odogunyan substation both in Lagos State. Others are 1X60MVA transformer in Old Abeokuta Substation and 1X60MVA transformer in Calabar Substation. TCN said it had also energized the 5KM transmission line built in collaboration with the Enugu State Government to power the 1X30MVA Nsukka Substation.
The Company disclosed this in a statement issued by its General Manager Public Affairs, NdidiMbah. According to her, with this development, the power supply rationing recently experienced by customers of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company around Ejigbo when the old 1X30MVA was removed to pave way for the installation of the new 1x100MVA is expected to stop. Installation of another 1X100 MVA to replace the second 1X30MVA in the same substation has also commenced. The completion of which would further boost transmission capacity in that axis. TCN wish to commend the effort of the Governor of Enugu State for the collaboration that enabled the completion of the line. The transformers have been energized and supplying various communities where they are located. This has added to the several transformers, substations and transmission lines completed across the country either by TCN in-house engineers or by contractors and are ready for commissioning
The people of Gnami and Pakau villages in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State are enjoying constant electricity courtesy of the 40KW Solar Mini-Grid Panels (Off-Grid) installed by the Japanese Firm (Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd), and the first 50KW Solar Power Renewable Energy Mini Utility (REMU) project by the US-based company, Golden Grid Solutions, Inc. (GGSI), all in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. The systems are aimed at providing reliable and uninterrupted electricity supply for rural areas. Through this new technology, the migration from rural areas to the cities would be drastically minimized.
Residents of the two villages confirmed this development during the presentation tour by the Management staff of the Ministry and some select Energy Correspondents to the two Villages in Kaduna State. Director, Human Resources Management in the Ministry, Chibado Muhammad Jada who led the delegation to the two communities disclosed that the tour of on-going power projects across the country has become necessary because it would help the Federal Government take decisions that would benefit Nigerians and improve electricity supply in the country.
Yahaya Peter, Secretary of the Youth Association that guards the facility from vandals in Gnami village expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for siting the project in their communities, saying that the project has improved the socio economic activities of the people in the community.
The team also inspected the 1.2MW first grid connected PV Solar Power Plant at Lower Usuma Dam, Bwari Area Council, and Abuja under the Japanese grant to Nigeria and the 215MW Kaduna Power plant in Kudenda
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) recently energized ‘on no load’, a new 100MVA132/33kV power transformer that was recently installed at Ejigbo Sub-station, Lagos. The transformer is currently on soak, not supplying electricity until after 48hours when it would be loaded for subsequent supply of electricity. The new 100MVA 132/33kV power transformer replaced an old 30MVA 132/33kV power transformer in the substation, thus increasing transmission capacity in Lagos by 70MVA. The transmission capacity would boost electricity supply to customers in Ejigbo and its environs, thereby increasing socio-economic activities of the citizens
Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) has commenced installation of the second phase of 10, 000 free-paid meters to its customers in Gombe State
Gombe Regional Manager, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Sani Hamza said that the free meters were pre-loaded with 100 units of electricity at N3, 130 and 50 units for N1, 565. “We are now in Investment Quarters and from that side, we are coming down to the main town,” he explained.
He said that the Company had successfully installed over 2,000 meters to customers in the first phase of the exercise. He advised consumers against tampering with the meters after installation, adding that such an act was a punishable offence.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), Marilyn Amobi clarified some of the misconceptions trailing the Federal Government’s approved 701.9 Billion Naira Payment Assurance Facility (PAF). She explained that the PAF is a loan to NBET to enable it carry out its statutory role as a credible and honest broker.
Amobi, who made the disclosure in her opening remarks during the Power Sector Communications Team’s (PSCT), meeting at NBET’s Headquarters, Wednesday, in Abuja, explained that the 701.9 Billion Naira Payment Assurance Facility (PAF) is not a subsidy to the power sector neither is it to subsidize the GenCos nor DisCos, saying that with the PAF, NBET can now augment the money it receives from the market through the DisCos, to increase payment against the invoices generation companies issue to it (NBET), for electricity they inject to the national grid. The PAF is domiciled in the CBN and has a ten year tenure with a two year moratorium. NBET is required to pay back the loan.
Amobi commended the effort of the PSCT Team, and encouraged them to keep abreast with the strategic direction of the sector as well as familiarize themselves with the relevant policy documents that underpins the sector
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), on Thursday issued out Seals of authority to certified electrical contractors from the Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN) at its headquarters in Abuja. The seals were presented in line with the Agency’s mandate and empowered by the NEMSA Act 2015 to ensure certification of all technical personnel engaged in the practice of electrical installations along the value chain and utilization in the National Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
MD/CEO NEMSA and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Engr. Peter Ewesor, presented Seals to the President LECAN, Otunba Akintola and other members of LECAN present at the occasion. He urged members of LECAN not to relent in the good measures towards restoring confidence in the power industry and ensure safety of lives and properties in the NESI.
The President of LECAN, Otunba Dele Akintola, while appreciating NEMSA for this gesture, stated that since the inception of the Agency, standards have improved in the electricity industry, while safety of lives and properties is being ensured. He commended NEMSA for their support and pledged that all uncertified electrical contractors would be stamped out
The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), has awarded a license to the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), to operate as a Sector Skills Council.
The license, was presented by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, during the flag off of the National Skills Qualifications Framework that took place recently at the National Universities Commission, Abuja.With this development, NAPTIN, has further come to the limelight, as the Institute gained recognition as an International Vocational Training Institute of Excellence.
In his remarks on the award, Acting Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, described the award as a significant achievement that will surely take the Institute to greater heights.
CONSTRUCTION OF NINGI YADAGUNGUME FUSKAR MATA ROAD PHASE III IN BAUCHI STATE
Construction of Ningi Yadagungume Fuskar Mata Road Phase III in Bauchi State
FASHOLA HASSAN OTHERS AT THE 20TH MONTHLY MEETING OF POWER SECTOR OPERATORS IN OWERRI
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN left and Permanent Secretary Power Engr Louis Edozien right during the 20th Monthly Meeting with Sectoral Participants in the Power Sector hosted by Enugu Electricity Distribution CompanyEEDC at the ZO5 Injection Substation along Owerri Onitsha Road Owerri Imo State on Monday 9th October 2017