Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has applauded the efforts of the MD/CEO of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), Chiedu Ugbo for the completion of the new 2x 15MVA 33/11KV Injection Sub-station at Asaba, Delta State, and in restoring power to Magboro and its environs in Ogun State after 17 years of non-supply.
The Minister made this commendation at the 21st Monthly Power Sector Operators meeting, hosted by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), in Asaba, Delta State, on Monday, 13th of November, 2017.
While commending the Delta State Government for its desire to assist the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to ensure sustained power supply in the state, Fashola said that the progress made in the sector was due to hard work and the peace recorded in the Niger Delta, stressing that for the first time, both hydro and gas supply systems worked without interruption, hence the improvement in power generally across the country.
The NIPP was established as a major key to bringing in steady and uninterrupted electricity supply with 10 gas- fired power plants, seven of them situated in the Niger Delta for ease of access to gas feedstock. This $7.1 billion generation asset was to deliver 4,771MW, which will be transmitted and distributed across the country. NIPP, managed by the NDPHC, was a gas-for-power initiative, like the Marshall Plan, gas being Nigeria’s most reliable source of power ahead of hydro.
The Minster also used the occasion at Asaba to commend other players in the sector and announced some progress that the power sector had made in the last one month in the journey of incremental, steady and uninterrupted power.
The Federal Government’s effort to achieve its roadmap on incremental, stable and uninterrupted power supply and implementation of Power Sector Recovery Programmer (PRSR), received a boost as it has today, Friday, 24th November, 2017, initialed the 40MW Dadin kowa Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), with Mabon Power Limited, (PPA), for the Dadin kowa Mini Hydro Power Project in Yamaltu Local Government Area of Gombe State.
While assuring the company of government’s support and urging other investors to emulate Mabon Power Limited, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Office, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) Marilyn Amobi stated that with this initialization, the company would accelerate the completion of the project that would eventually add about 40MW to the National Grid.
Responding, the Project Development Consultant, Mabon Power Limited, Christopher Cyril, commended NBET and assured government that the project would be completed on schedule. He further disclosed that the project has reached 80% completion, saying with the initialization of the PPA, the company would seek for more financial viability to complete it.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring the commencement of work on the 3050 megawatts Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Plant at Sarduana Local Government Area of Taraba State, saying it can do a lot in developing Nigeria.
He made the commendation today at the Ministry during the signing of the 3050MW Mambilla Hydroelectric Power deal in a joint venture agreement with three Chinese companies, MESSRS Sinohydro Corporation Limited, CGCOC Group Co. LTD, and China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) for the execution of the project with CGGC as the lead partner.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had on August 30th 2017 approved the sum of 5,792,497.06 US dollars (about N1.140trillion) for the construction of the plant, disclosing that the idea of the project was conceived over 40 years ago. “Several efforts had been made to bring it to reality but I’m happy that this government approved the contract to joint ventures of Chinese Civil and Engineering company for the engineering and turn – key contract, including civil and electro – mechanical works” ‘I thank Mr. President very much for bringing Mambilla hydro – Power project which is one of the biggest hydro project in Nigeria back on track’
On his part, the Managing Director, China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (CGGC) Mr. Zhang Wei said the project would improve the living standard of Nigerians and contribute to strengthening the ties between China and Nigeria. Wei sad on completion, the great part of electricity consumed by Nigerians will be provided by this project, and tremendously easing the current shortage of electricity in the country.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola SAN, Monday, received the regulations guiding the Eligible Customer policy in the electricity sector with an appeal to members of the public to always take seriously the consultations and stakeholder notices being issued from time to time by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
In his remarks after the formal presentation of the Eligible Customer Regulations 2017 document, by the NERC Vice Chairman, Engr. Sanusi Garba, Fashola said such consultations were necessary as decisions taken thereafter would affect both members of the public and consumers as well as stakeholders in the sector.
Describing the regulations as “a very important rule”, Fashola, who said it has been much awaited, added, “It will help us to improve the capacity for electricity distribution to consumers who need them, consumers also who are willing to make investments in providing distribution assets in a way that it then helps them to recover their costs and so on and so forth”, further urging NERC to speed up work on the regulation on meters.
In a bid to further ensure steady power supply to its strategic customers, Kaduna Electric last Saturday, commissioned three 7.5MVA power transformers at Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto and Fadama injection substation, GRA Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State capital.
Speaking at Sokoto, the MD/CEO, Engr. Garba Haruna disclosed that the prompt response of the Company after the early morning inferno that burnt the 6.0MVA power transformer at Usman Danfodio, plunging the University into darkness Sokoto a few months ago underscored the importance Kaduna Electric attaches to providing conducive learning environment to the university in particular and educational development in general.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdullahi Zuru expressed satisfaction with the services of the Company and commended the Managing Director for his prompt intervention.
Similarly, at the commissioning of two 7.5MVA transformers at Fadama injection substation located at GRA Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital, Sunday, Engineer Haruna called on the Company’s customers to reciprocate the gesture by paying their bills as at when due and safe guard the integrity of all power supply infrastructure in their neighborhood. He assured that the target set by his Management team is to ensure steady power supply to the public 24/7.
The West African Power Pool (WAPP), held its 12th General Assembly in Accra Ghana from October 30th to November 3rd, 2017. The programme themed “Regional Electricity Market: Ensuring West African Integration” witnessed a convergence of Heads of Power Utilities from fourteen member states of the pool and Donor Agencies.
The meeting looked at various issues including access to electricity by citizens of West Africa, enhanced regional integration, improving the financial viability of electric utilities and establishment of a functional regional electricity by the last quarter of 2019 among others.
In his address, the Chairman of WAPP and Interim MD/CEO, Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN),Usman Gur Mohammed stated that lack of electricity supply is directly related to poverty, noting that utilities in member states can reduce poverty in West Africa by working hard individually and collectively under the umbrella of WAPP, to increase access to power. According to him, the implementation of priority interconnection and generation projects still remains a major thrust of WAPP focus and strategy.
He informed that WAPP is working with the World Bank to provide security in the form of Partial Risk Guarantee (PRG), in order to strengthen the cross border electricity transactions but that this cannot be successful without member countries providing cost reflective tariffs and well-functioning distribution networks.
Created by Decision A/DEC.5/12/99 of the Heads of State and Government with the aim of addressing power supply deficit in the West African Sub-region. The 29th Summit of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS Member States held in Niamey in January 2006 adopted the Articles of Agreement of WAPP and granted it a Secretariat and the status of a specialized institution of ECOWAS.
As a means to boost its current efforts in achieving its roadmap on incremental, stable and uninterrupted electricity to Nigerians the Federal Government has approved a 14-kilometre 330KVA electricity transmission line at a cost of N796.6million.
The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, who disclosed this Thursday in Abuja while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. However, said although power formed part of the discussion at the meeting, the Council deliberated majorly on the 2018 Budget.
The electricity transmission line project will ensure that the full 900MW capacity of both power plants at Azura and Ihovbor in Edo State can be evacuated.
The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, commissioned a mobile 40MVA power transformer at the 132/33KV Transmission sub – station even as Chairman of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Plc. Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar called for greater collaboration between the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Distribution Companies (DisCos), for effective delivery of qualitative power supply.
In his remarks at the commissioning ceremony in Zaria, where the Minister was represented by the Minister of State, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, the Kaduna DisCo Chairman stressed the need for a balance between grid stabilization, which he noted was the major concern of the TCN, and business viability adding, “The two actors in the value chain must work together to ensure that the National Grid is stabilized”.
Congratulating the Minister and the Interim Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, on the incremental progress being recorded in the nation’s power sector, Abubakar, who described the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry as a challenging sector to work in, said concerted efforts must be made to ensure that the power sector is viable and attractive to both local and foreign investors adding, “This is the only way to ensure the development of the Nigerian electricity supply industry”.
As part of its commitment to improving its transmission network nationwide and to invest in the system towards a more robust grid, “in line with its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Strategy”, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has successfully installed a 60MVA 132/33KV power transformer at the Funtua Transmission Substation in Katsina State.
The transformer, which was installed wholly by TCN engineers and commissioned on October 10, 2017, according to TCN, was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s strategy on incremental power, adding that with the installation and commissioning of the new transformer, the capacity of Funtua substation had increased from 37.5MVA to 97.5MVA (78MW) with the capacity to transmit power to distribution load centres in Funtua and environs increasing significantly while also providing more flexibility to Kano Electricity Distribution Company, (KEDC)
According to the company, such flexibility would enable Kano DisCo, which currently serves more than 1.2million customers living within Southern Katsina, including Malumfashi, Kafur, Dandume, Maska, Bakori, Danja Kankara, Faskari and environs, to equally make arrangement to strengthen their feeders accordingly adding that increased capacity would enable it transmit more power to distribute to load centres in the area.
The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, Thursday in Abuja presided over the signing of a 540 MW Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) and Qua Iboe Independent Power Plant (QIPP) saying it was consistent with the roadmap of the government on power which is one of the five principal components of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
In his remarks at the event, Fashola explained that within the responsibility framework of the ERGP, the Ministry of Power Works and Housing had drawn a roadmap for providing power for the country starting with getting incremental energy, proceeding to stable energy and then advancing to uninterrupted power, adding, “That is our journey”.
The Minister said while the Ministry of Petroleum Resources bears the responsibility for the energy component of the ERGP, his Ministry was saddled with the responsibility of the production and supply of sufficient energy and power to the people of Nigeria, adding, “a process that potentially adds 540 megawatts to our power store fits very well with our incremental power roadmap”.
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OSINBAJO FASHOLA AMINA MOHAMMED AT THE GREEN BONDS CAPITAL MARKET INVESTORS CONFERENCE IN LAGOS
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSANmiddle Minister of Environment Mrs Amina Mohammedleftand CEO Chapel Hill Denham Mr Bolaji Balogun right duringthe Opening Session of the Green Bonds Capital Market Investors Conference organized by the Federal Ministry of Environment with the theme Green Bonds Investing in Nigerias Sustainable Development at the Stock Exchange House Marina Lagos on Thursday 23rd February 2017