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ALL POWER PROJECTS WOULD BE VIGOROUSLY PURSUED --MAMMAN

September 14, 2019
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir  Ahmad El-Rufai with the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman during the Governor's congratulatory visit to the Minister in Abuja, Tuesday

The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman has reiterated the assurance that all power projects, including the Kaduna 10MW power project, would be vigorously pursued, saying his mandate is to deliver all major power projects across the country towards the full realization of President Muhammadu Buhari’s next level agenda.

Mamman stated this when he received the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, who paid him a congratulatory visit  in Abuja, Tuesday.

While appreciating the Governor for his visit, the Minister pledged to work in partnership with the Kaduna State government in all areas of development, and more so to deliver the proposed 10MW power project in the state.

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Nasir El-Rufai had noted that Kaduna State was more interested in the proposed dam because it would provide adequate water supply to some major towns for consumption and irrigation and that the state was already prepared to capitalize on its other benefits

WAPP TO SYNCHRONIZE POWER SYSTEMS IN 14 ECOWAS COUNTRIES

September 14, 2019
The Managing Director / CEO of the Transmission Company of the Nigeria (TCN) and the Chairman, Board of  Directors of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), Usman Gur Mohammed (7th left), in a group photograph with other members during the 3-day meeting on Synchronization of WAPP Networks

The West African Power Pool (WAPP), has said that it is working assiduously to synchronize the interconnected Power Systems of 14 countries of the West African Member States, which is currently operating three separate networks, into a single reliable network.

The Managing Director/CEO of the Transmission Company Nigeria (TCN), who is also the Chairman, Board of Directors of WAPP, Usman Gur Mohammed made this known when he declared open a 3-day meeting on Synchronization of WAPP Networks with the theme; “Tuning of Power System Stabilizers (PSS), Field Testing of Governors, Setting Change of Governors and Synchronization of WAPP Network Contract”, recently in Abuja.

Mohammed noted that the synchronization project was part of WAPP’s mandate by the Authority of the Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to establish a mechanism and institute frame work for integrating the national power systems of member states into one regional electricity market.

According to him, the project, in terms of scope, was the most complex to be executed by WAPP, even as he expressed confidence that representatives from various companies would work to support its successful execution.

Mohammed appealed to member states to allow the consultant of the project, General Electric (GE) International, access to their power plants to test the governors, tune their power system stabilizers, and change their setting where necessary, with the ultimate goal of achieving a successful synchronization.

He stated that the task before the GE in the test process is that they would require the assistance of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), to enable them effectively implement the synchronization project.

He therefore called on all participants at the meeting to proffer advice, suggestions, and actively support as well as participate in the decision process with the view to contributing meaningfully to the execution of the project.

NERC BOSS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT STABLE POWER SUPPLY

September 14, 2019

As Nigerians anxiously await stable electricity supply in the country, the Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. James Momoh, has expressed optimism that, “stable power supply in the nation will be realized”

Momoh, explained that this would take place when the metering situation in the country improves within the next two years, saying that the Commission was committed to improving the quality of lives of Nigerians. “We are committed to improving the quality of lives of Nigerians every day and every minute. The target is that by the time we have improved meter within two years that will improve the quality of service all over the country. By the time we allow renewable energy, electricity will be stable”.

“What do I mean? It is going to happen because there is a big need for power supply to run businesses in Nigeria, and Nigeria wants to be the number 20 in the world”.  Furthermore, the NERC boss clarified the electricity tariff situation in the country, saying the Commission has not increased tariff contrary to what had been making the rounds since it published what he called, “a minor review” last month.

According to him, “We have not increased tariff at the moment. What we have done is, ask the big question: When do we get this thing right given that the Discos say we need cost-reflective tariff to be able to provide services that we actually should do?

“So we did a minor review which is a review that takes into account the exchange rate, gas availability, availability of capacity generation, network availability, to make sure there is meter available to customers. So looking at these, NERC therefore said look, we would have to take advantage of this opportunity given to us as a regulator to make sure we have a third party investor to provide meters, which is called Meter Asset Providers. That allows customers now to have access to meters.”

Momoh, explained that the review was done to make sure all macroeconomic indicators were put in place in terms of exchange rate, to make sure there was enough gas, saying, “with all these put together, we now have to ask the question: do we now have meters available to customers? Do we have quality power supply?”

He added: “What we have sent out was an order that says what we must do to get the business right, that if the Discos recognize that they have to provide quality power, they have to make sure customers are metered, we also have to make sure all the indicators are right, then we can say we have done the review that was lacking before. Mind you, the review was not done since 2015. There were a lot of reasons why it wasn’t done”.

FG BEGINS RESTORATION OF ELECTRICITY TO OVER 2,000 ONDO COMMUNITIES

September 14, 2019
Double circuit transmission lines

Relief has come to over 2,000 communities in the South Senatorial District of Ondo State as the Federal Government began re-commissioning test of the massive electricity projects in the area after years of disconnection from the national grid.

Executive Director of Engineering and Technical Services, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Ife Oyedele, disclosed this at a media parley with journalists in Akure.
According to him, it is certain that the people of these areas will have power supply soon because the re-electrification projects have been completed in the affected communities.

The communities are situated in four local councils of the district namely: Okitipupa, Irele, Ese-Odo and Ilaje, while the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), which disconnected the community in December 2014, argued that the consumers were owing N2 billion.

Oyedele, however, noted that some communities had been plunged into darkness for over 12 years before the 2014 incident, assuring that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would soon commission the projects

FG COMMISSIONS OFF – GRID SOLAR POWER PLANT IN BAYERO UNIVERSITY

September 7, 2019

In its effort to create an enabling environment for Nigerian students by providing uninterrupted and sustainable power supply through independent power plant, the Federal Government, under the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), on Tuesday September 3rd, commissioned one of Africa's  largest off-grid hybrid solar power plant at the Bayero University, Kano (BUK) under the Energizing Education Programme (EEP).

The Energizing Education Programme is a Federal Government’s Intervention focused on developing off-grid dedicated independent power plants, rehabilitating existing distribution infrastructure to supply clean, safe and reliable power to 37 Federal universities and seven affiliated university teaching hospitals

According to the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who commissioned the project, the plant will provide 55,815 students and 3,077 staff with constant electricity supply from the university’s 7.1MW solar hybrid power plant.

Osinbajo noted that the Programme aligns with the Administration’s 'Next Level' Road map agenda and upholds the Federal Government’s adherence to global best practice in the provision of cleaner sources of energy. He stated that “the Energizing Education Programme is strategic to fulfilling Nigeria’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as we aim to reduce Nigeria’s carbon footprint using renewable energy technologies, in line with the Federal Government’s mandate and unwavering efforts to increase renewable energy.”

The commissioning at the University, includes the launch of 11. 41KM solar powered street lights as well as a world class Renewable Training Center. A major highlight of the event was the graduation of 20 female students who participated in the Female STEM Students Internship Programme. The female students, who received practical training during the course of the project construction were awarded certificates of completion.

In his remarks, the Honorable Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman said “the Ministry’s power policy specifically targets education to ensure that all Federal universities, to begin with, have access to reliable electricity. Notably, the Energizing Education Programme was designed to involve students from project inception, in order to ensure project sustainability".

The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje pointed out that “Kano State is committed to fostering technical and practical training; therefore, this programme is strategically aligned to the State's job creation and capacity building objectives. Furthermore, as one of Nigeria’s commercial centres, Kano State prides itself in nurturing private sector engagements.”

Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi,  said “This is one of  the largest off-grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa; one we, as Nigerians, should be very proud of, thanks to the commitment of the Federal Government towards sustainable energy in education. Students and staff of Bayero University, Kano can now experience learning and teaching in a safer, cleaner and more conducive academic environment.”

Commenting on the impact of the BUK solar hybrid installations, Managing Director, METKA West Africa Limited, the EPC contractor, Evangelos Kamaris, said “the State-of-the-Art solar hybrid power plant will result in carbon dioxide savings of 108,875,120Ibs, a feat we as green contractors are proud of".

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello said, “under the EEP, students will be responsible for the project’s sustainability thanks to the technical and practical training our students received through construction.”

The commissioning in Bayero University Kano, is the second project to be commissioned under Phase 1 of the Energizing Education Programme that will deliver clean and sustainable energy to nine federal universities and one university teaching hospital in the next 4 years, using solar hybrid and/or gas-fired captive power plants

TCN, MINISTRY OF POWER PARTNERS TO BOOST POWER SUPPLY

September 7, 2019
The  40MW Kashimbilla Hydro Power Dam, Taraba State

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says it is working with the Ministry of Power to boost power supply in the country. The Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed said this during the inspection visit by the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman alongside the Minister of State, Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba OFR  to the 40MW Kashimbilla Hydro – Power Plant in Taraba State recently.

Mohammed said the Ministers are set to deliver on the “Next Level Agenda” of improved power supply to Nigerians, while assuring that all challenges delaying the complication of the project would be addressed soonest.

According to the Transmission Company’s boss, work on the transmission component of the power station had been completed, while the process of evacuation of 40MW generated to power substations is in progress.

Upon completion he said, the power station would supply electricity to parts of Taraba, Benue and Enugu States. Under the project, substations have been built in Yandev, Takum and Wukari to boost power supply to benefiting communities. Other benefits of the dam is to provide portable water, irrigation, tourism and fishing source of livelihood for hundreds of people in Taraba and its environs.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT KASHIMBILA 40MW HYDRO-POWER PLANT –  DAPSHIMA ABUBAKAR

September 7, 2019

The Kashimbila Multipurpose Buffer Dam is at River Katsina-Ala in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State, Nigeria. It was proposed principally to check treat of flood from the structurally weak volcanic Lake Nyos, located upstream along the Cameroon line of volcanic activity. The project would mitigate against the environmental disaster that may occur in several States of Taraba, Benue, Cross River, Kogi and Delta , affecting more than 6 million people.

This was made known by the Project Manager, Kashimbilla 40MW Hydro power Plant at the Ministry of Power, Engr. Abubakar Ali Dapshima

According to him, the hydro power component was designed and upgraded from 6MW to 40MW of hydroelectric power. Other benefits of the project include: Ecological flood Control, Water Supply to 400,000 people, Irrigation, Fishing Activities, Airstrip, Tourism, Poverty Alleviation and job creation . The project is to address global changes as well as integrated water resources management requirements.

The Dam and Hydro power component is 100% completed since 17th October, 2017. The dam is spilling very well and the turbines are ready to deliver 40MW to the national grid.

He added that the on-going Kashimbila power evacuation project i is 90% completed as at June 2019, with 132KV /33KV Double Circuit Line from Kashimbila to Takum (132KV Double Circuit Line which is about 65km); Takum to Wukari (132KV Double Circuit Line about 75km); Wukari to Yendev (132KV Double Circuit Line- (105km) and Wukari-Donga-Rafin Kada (33KV Double Circuit on Galvanized Steel Lattice Structures Tower -40).

Also a Switchyard of 132KV/33KV Substation and Line Bays including a 132KV Switchyard at Kashimbila; 2x60MW, 132/33KV Substation at Takum; 2x60MW, 132/33KV Substation at Wukari; 2x132KV Line Bays Extensions at Yandev and complete rehabilitation of 2x132KV Line Bays Extensions at Yandev and Complete Rehabilitation of Yandev Substation in Benue State. Another 2×7.5MVA, 33KV Substations at Donga & Rafin Kada, with associated distribution network facilities and 5MVA, 33KV Substation at Kashimbila Switchyard with 33KV distribution network to Kashimbila town, Bibi/Baruwa, Birma, Ibete, Lanke, Malumshe Communities, etc [Inter Township Connection (ITC) and Township Distribution Network (TDN) are also completed.

The Kashimbilla power project he said, will cater for the power needs of about 80% of Taraba State South Senatorial District and also serve as a corridor for the evacuation of Power from the 3,050MW Mambilla hydro power plant when completed, through the ongoing 132KV Takum and Wukari Substations.

Many ongoing and completed rural electrification projects that are in various villages and towns along the Benue, Taraba belt which could not be energized or hooked up to the national grid due to lack of sources of power supply and abandonment would be energized with the completion of the Kashimbila project.

Aside from providing stable electricity, the project will create employment for residents in the region. The dam area is in a rich agricultural area in Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, and Plateau States. Also being a multipurpose dam with an airstrip, Kashimbila’s untapped tourism potential would be better exploited.

The completion of these projects will also lead to power improvement nationwide, as well as address global challenges in the area. it will also demonstrate Federal Government of Nigeria’s commitment to renewable energy and serve as Government Corporate Social Responsibility to its citizens.

Once commissioned, the power station will be operated as an independent power station on the national grid to ensure recovery of funds invested in its completion. The energy production per annum is 236GWhrs which translates to N5.7B per annum tones/annum.

Eager to see the Kashimbilla power project contribute to the national grid, the newly appointed Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman along side the Minister of State, Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba OFR, paid a working visit to the project site alongside other members of their team to ensure that the project is duly completed and effectively utilized in line with the Next Level Agenda of President Muhammad Buhari. The purpose of the visit Mamman said, was to get a first hand status of all the ongoing projects in the Ministry for faster delivery.

Speaking further, the Minister said “Let me use this opportunity to call on all contractors handling our projects to work hard to deliver them according to specifications as we are looking at all challenges in them and very soon they will be addressed. I’m assuring Nigerians that we are going to deal with all the challenges bedeviling the power sector so as to deliver enough power to all Nigerians in line with the Next Level Agenda of Mr. President as soon as possible.”

KASHIMBILA 40MW POWER PLANT TO BE COMMISSIONED SOON - MAMMAN

September 1, 2019
The Honourable Minister of Power,  Engineer Sale Mamman, (3rd right),  Minister of State Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba, OFR, (4th right),North East Zonal Manager SCC Nigeria Limited, Engr. Michael Rolbin and others during the inspection visit of the Ministers at the Kashimbilla Hydro power plant substation in Taraba State

The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman has said that the hydro power and the hydro power evacuation components of the Kashimbilla 40MW power plant will soon be commissioned, just as he expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of work done on the project.

The Minster stated this when he and the Minister of State, Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba, OFR, went on an inspection visit to the plant in Taraba State,  on Friday, 30th August, 2019.

According to him, "We are here to inspect the level of work done on the project and I can tell you that I am very impressed".

He reiterated the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari led Administration to achieve its mandate of economic growth and development, as well as job creation in the country.

The Minister of State on his part equally stated that he was happy with the level of work done.

The Kashimbilla power plant will provide electricity to 80 percent of the communities in both Taraba and Benue States.

While giving an update on the project, the Project Manager in the Ministry, Ali Dapshima Abubakar said the evacuation component of the plant has five substations and that the project was hundred percent completed.

Speaking further, he stated that the project was conceived to avert flood from the structurally weak volcanic Lake Nyoys near Cameroon

FG INJECTS N600B IN POWER SECTOR AS INTERVENTION HITS N1.5TR

September 1, 2019
The  Coat of Arms

The Market Operator (MO) of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engr. Edmund Ejie, has disclosed that the Federal Government has approved N600billion for injection into the nation’s electricity industry.

He stated this at the Market Operator’s Participants/Key Stakeholders 2019 3rd Quarter Interactive Forum recently held in Abuja.

According to him, the current development brings government’s direct intervention in the sector to about N1.5 trillion in recent times, “considering that the government in 2015 intervened with the sum of N213 billion and staked N701 billion in 2017, bringing the fund to N1.5 trillion”.

Ejie said the release of the fund is “now at advance level. It has been signed by Mr. President. It is for the shortfall in the payment of monthly invoices. But when government signs such fund there is underlying protocol that must be observed in other to facilitate it.”
Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed, who also spoke at the programme, said the government was considering splitting the company into two entities.

He disclosed that about $5 million is also being considered to digitize substations across the country, saying that would continue to enforce Market Rule and instill discipline in the power sector.

“Our intention is to midwife TCN in such a way that TCN will cease to exist. There will be a separate Transmission Service Provider (TSP) and the Independent System Operation (ISO) will be with the MO. I am doing everything possible for that,” the MD said.

He noted that the split may not, however, happen immediately, adding that there was need to address the lingering challenges affecting the national grid, especially the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and the Electricity Management System (EMS).

Mohammed said: “Fixing SCADA will take about two years. So, we have segmented it to start with the Automated Meter Reading (AMR), where all energy will be accurately metered and every market participant will have access to that.”

He disclosed that TCN would train about 15 staff on software, hardware and the communication aspects of the SCADA, saying “We are going to train them anywhere in the world, even if it will cost us N$3 million, we will do it.

GOMBE PARTNERS TCN ON GRID EXPANSION, ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

September 1, 2019
Managing  Director,  Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed (Left) and the  Governor of Gombe State, Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya  during the courtesy visit in Abuja

In a determined effort to boost electricity power supply which will in turn, boost commercial and social activities, Gombe State is set to partner with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to provide additional 80MW of electricity to the State and its environs. The partnership will also witness improvement in power supply to address the power supply challenges in the State.

This was made known during a courtesy visit by the Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya to the Corporate Headquarters of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) recently in Abuja.

Managing Director TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed acknowledged that the Governor was the first State Chief Executive from the North-East region to visit the organization to canvass support and intervention for the region.

The Managing Director disclosed that the Company will install additional 300MVA, 330/132kV and 100MVA, 132/33kV transformers in Gombe Transmission Station stating that already the procurement process for the transformers is in progress. He also assured the Governor that the ongoing 2X60MVA, 132/33kV new sub-station in Billiri will be completed, and that when it comes on stream, it will help in boosting supply, especially to communities in Gombe South and Akko Local Government area as well as other parts of the State

He said with the TCN’s Transmission, Rehabilitation and Expansion (TREP) project, Gombe State will witness an increase of about 80MW which will help boost electricity supply across the State in line with the Governor’s vision.

The Managing Director used the occasion to brief the Governor and his team on the existing, ongoing and planned power transmission projects in the nation and North -East, in particular, revealing that Gombe State will soon have multiple sources of transmission.

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Yahaya said he was at the TCN Headquarters to canvass for improved collaboration between Gombe State and the Transmission Company with a view to strengthening and expanding the transmission facilities as well as improving electricity supply in the State.

He lamented the lingering power supply problem in the North-East, and Gombe State in particular and called for concerted efforts to address the situation. He noted that Gombe State is in a vantage position to access power from many sources, but lamented years of neglect the State and the North East had suffered in the sector.

Yahaya who described electricity as the vertebral column of societal development declared his resolve to collaborate with TCN and all relevant agencies and bodies to ensure that Gombe State enjoys an improved power supply for the economic growth and general benefit of the citizenry.

NO ELCTRICITY TARIFF INCREASE APPROVED YET - NERC

September 1, 2019
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Company

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), says no tariff increase has been approved by the Commission yet.

NERC’s General Manager Public Affairs, Usman Arabi made this known in a statement, saying it was still consulting with stakeholders. He stated that the Commission wished to notify the public that no tariff increase had been approved, contrary to the impression in some quarters.

However, the Commission in the discharge of its statutory responsibilities enshrined under the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act, shall continue to undertake periodic reviews of electricity tariffs in accordance with prevailing tariff methodology. In all instances of such reviews and rule-making, the Commission shall widely consult stakeholders and final decision shall be taken with due regard of all contributions,” he said.

Arabi said that the Commission wished to provide guidance that the minor review implemented by it was a retrospective adjustment of the tariff regime released in 2015.

DISCOS GET AUGUST 31 DEADLINE TO METER MDAS

September 1, 2019
Prepaid Meters

In a Regulatory Order issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the 11 power distribution companies in the country have been ordered to install meters in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of both Federal and State Governments before the end of August 2019.

In the Order, Government pointed out that the responsibility for revenue collection from power consumers across the country was on Discos. It therefore, stressed that it was mandatory for the power distributors to provide all MDAs with appropriate meters within a period of 60 days.

The Order, which was signed by the Chairman, NERC, James Momoh, and the Commissioner, Legal Licensing and Compliance, Defe Akpeneye, became effective July 1. The commission said, “This order reiterates that the responsibility and initiative for revenue collections from all customers including Ministries, Departments and Agencies of States and Federal Government rests with the Discos”.

“Accordingly, this Order makes it mandatory for all Discos to meter all MDAs with appropriate meters of their choice within 60 days from the effective date of the Order. This order shall be effective from 1st July 2019.”

The Commission, however, noted that all Discos reserved the right to disconnect any MDA defaulting on the payment for electricity in line with the Regulation on Connection and Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services

On market remittance by Discos, the regulator stated that the Power Sector Recovery Programme would help in achieving this, as it noted that the PSRP provides for a gradual transition to cost-reflective tariffs with safeguards for the under-privileged in the society.

It said, “It is proposed that an intermediate review in end-user tariffs on January 1, 2020 and transition to full cost reflectivity shall be achieved by July 2020.

“In the interim, the Federal Government, under the PSRP, has committed to fund the revenue gap arising from the difference between cost reflective tariffs determined by the commission and the actual end-user tariffs.

”It noted that the waterfall of market revenues during the transitional period shall be in line with the fact that all Discos were obligated to settle their market invoices in full.

NERC ASSURES NAPTIN OF THE COMMISSION'S COMMITMENT TO CAPACITY BUILDING

September 1, 2019
Director General, National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Ahmed Bolaji Nagode

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has assured the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) of its commitment to capacity building in the Power Sector.

The assurance was given by the Chairman of the regulatory body, Professor John Momoh when the Management Staff of NAPTIN paid a working visit to the NERC at its Corporate Headquarters in Abuja, recently.

Professor Momoh, who appreciated the role of NAPTIN in capacity building within the power sector, also stressed that NERC under his leadership will guarantee and maintain standard as well as ensure safety in system operations, metering and manpower audit.

Earlier, the Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode commended the Chairman and the Management Staff of NERC for supporting capacity building in the Power Sector. The DG added that "we acknowledge with deep appreciation, the immense   support that NERC has continuously given to NAPTIN under your leadership and by your other colleagues who have been very supportive in realising successes in: (1) Development of a standard curriculum, training and certification for meter installers to be administered by NAPTIN and regulated by NERC; (2)Standard curriculum and training on Health and Safety for the Power Sector to be administered by NAPTIN and regulated by NERC; (3) Manpower Audit Survey for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry which has recorded  an  excellent  progress and nearing completion; (4)Support in the realisation of the draft National Power Training Policy as directed by NACOP, which has been circulated to all stakeholders hopefully to be assented to at the next NACOP meeting.

The DG further stressed that "we witnessed a hand of fellowship, collaboration and huge support from NERC in ensuring a structured and standardised training and capacity building for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). Nagode also said that "We have long desired this kind of collaborative support and we are glad that this has come to fruition during your tenure".

POWER: THE INDISPENSABLE VIHECLE FOR THE DELIVERY OF ALL GOVERNMENT POLICIES - MAMMAN

August 23, 2019
The newly appointed Minister of Power,  Engineer Sale Mamman, (fifth r), the newly appointed Minister of State Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba, OFR, (fourth r) Permanent Secretary Power, Louis Edozien (Minister's immediate left) and some Management Staff of the Ministry after the meeting with Management Staff and Heads of Agencies at the Ministry's Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, 22nd August, 2019

The newly appointed Minister of Power, Sale Mamman has noted that the Power Sector is not only the central nervous system, but also the indispensable vehicle for the delivery of all government policies as they relate to the social, economic and industrial development of any country.

Mamman who stated this on assumption of duty, at the first meeting held with the Permanent Secretary, Directors and Heads of Agencies of the Ministry on Thursday, 22nd August  2019, gave assurance of his and the Minister of State, Goddy Jedy Agba's, OFR commitment to providing a conducive working environment in the Ministry for all to contribute their quota to the new course of action in taking the sector to the “Next Level”.

According to him, “I can assure you of my diligence and sense of commitment. I intend to apply myself totally to this assignment in order to justify the confidence entrusted on me by Mr. President and by extension, all Nigerians”.

While giving assurance that his door would be open to all, the Minister stated that “I also intend to operate an open door policy to avail every staff, no matter their status, the opportunity to contribute their quota to the new course of action. I will welcome every information or advice that would enhance our efficiency”

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Louis Edozien expressed delight at the appointment of the duo, and pledged the readiness of the Management and staff of the Ministry to support and cooperate with them to make their tenure a success

FG COMMISSIONS HYBRID SOLAR POWER PLANT IN KOGI

August 23, 2019
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi (2nd r) and others at the commissioning of the 80KW Solar Hybrid Mini Grid Power Plant in Upaka Community in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State

Committed to providing electricity access to unserved and underserved communities in Nigeria, thereby increasing electricity access to particularly hard-to-reach areas, the Federal Government through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Tuesday commissioned the 80 Kilowatt (KW) solar hybrid mini grid power plant project in the Upake community, the ancestral home of Ebira people in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State. The project would benefit 496 residential and commercial buildings with constant, clean, safe and reliable electricity.

The first call of the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) will energize 12 communities and deploy 19,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS).  Upake community is one of the 12 communities to benefit from the first set of grants under the Rural Electrification Fund, which is a Rural Electrification Agency (REA) initiative. Other communities set to commission solar hybrid mini grids in the coming weeks include: Kare, Dadin-Kowa & Tsulaye communities in Kebbi State and Akpabom community in Akwa Ibom State.

In her remarks, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi, said the move to light up every nook and cranny of Nigeria reiterates the commitment of the Buhari-led Administration in fulfilling its mandate to ensure electricity access for Nigerians. According to her “More families and businesses in Upaka will now have access to clean, sustainable and reliable electricity from the sun. This will enhance productivity and provide jobs in the community’’.

NAGODE BAGS AN AWARD FOR HIS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF POWER SECTOR

August 23, 2019
The Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode (first right) receiving the Award from the Chairman Students' Coalition for Rebirth of Nigeria, Olatunji Dare Emmanuel

The Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Ahmed Bolaji Nagode was presented with a special award by Students' Coalition Rebirth of Nigeria, Federal University of Technology Minna Chapter, for his outstanding contributions to the development of Power Sector at various levels.

At the special Award presentation ceremony which was held at NAPTIN’s Headquarters recently, the DG expressed appreciation to the Students Union Exco Members for the gesture and urged them to be good ambassadors of the Nation, as the future of any Nation depends on its youths.

He further advised the students not to relent in ensuring that the Nation continues to exist as one where brotherly love is placed above everything else, exhorting them to always embrace hard work and stay away from any form of cultism and vices that is capable of truncating their future ambition.

The Director General also admonished them to take advantage of technology to enhance their Academic and life pursuits, pointing out the importance of being creative and not being dependent on white collar jobs which are almost nonexistent.

Earlier, while addressing the Management Staff of NAPTIN and the Executive Members of the Students Union, the Chairman of the Students' Coalition for Rebirth of Nigeria, Olatunji Dare Emmanuel described the Director General as a Seasoned Administrator, who has contributed immensely to the development of the Power sector at various levels, adding that Nagode is a quintessential icon who displayed rare commitments to the cause of humanity at various spheres of human life, through youths empowerment, philanthropy and contributions towards transformation for good governance. These, according to the Students' Leader are the qualities that qualified the Director General for the Award.

TCN COMMISSIONS TWO 60MVA TRANSFORMERS IN OGUN

August 23, 2019
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Usman Gur Mohammed

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has installed and commissioned two units of 60MVA 132/33kV power transformers substations in Ojere, Ogun State.

Speaking during the commissioning, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Usman Gur Mohammed said the substations will further increase the grid capacity of Nigeria, and also improve electricity supply in Ogun State and its environs. He disclosed that the Company replaced the existing 2x30MVA 132/33KV transformers with the new power transformers.

According to the Managing Director, this will bring the substation’s capacity to 150MVA, saying the upgrade had greatly improved power supply within Abeokuta metropolis via Owode 33KV Feeder 1 and 2, and the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAB),  saying the improved power supply would also boost socio-economic activities in areas like Imeko, Shagamu, Ibafo, and Mowe.

Speaking further, Mohammed said “the transformers installation project commenced in September 2017 and has been completed and energized. In addition, the dilapidated and unreliable 33KV indoor switchgear have equally been converted to outdoor switchyard for optimal utilization”.

One of the Community Leaders, Chief Bade Osinlowo, lauded TCN for the project, saying it had increased power supply in the area. According to him, more people had started moving to the community because of its stable power supply.

100 POWER PROJECTS COMPLETED IN FOUR YEARS - NDPHC

August 23, 2019
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC),  Chiedu Ugbo

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), says it has completed 100 transmission and distribution projects across the country in the last four years.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo, disclosed this recently at the commissioning of a 2 x 60MVA, 132/33kV substation and its associated 132kV transmission lines constructed by the Company in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He noted that eight of the 10 power plants in the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) portfolio had been connected to the national grid, saying “Between May 2015 and now, under the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, about 30 NIPP transmission projects inherited by the Administration have been completed while over 70 distribution projects have also been completed across the six Geo Political Zones of the country.”

Ugbo disclosed that the Awka 2X60MVA 132/33kV Substation in Anambra State and Adiabo 2X60MVA 132/33kV Substation in Cross River State would be commissioned in the next few months.

According to him, “We shall also in the same period be commissioning major distribution injection substations at Misau and Darazu in Bauchi State, Kumo in Gombe State and Agaye in Niger State. The projects he said, are in fulfillment of President Buhari’s commitment to improved access to electricity to Nigerians

NEMSA CREATES RETRAINING SCHEME FOR ELECTRICIANS NATIONWIDE

August 23, 2019
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA),  and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Peter Ewesor

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA),  and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Peter Ewesor has said the Agency is creating a retraining scheme for certified electrical contractors, linesmen and professionals nationwide to enhance safety and zero accident in the power sector. The Agency certifies all electrical contractors, tests meters and ensures safety and technical standards in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

Ewesor disclosed this on Monday when he received the new Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Ahmed Nagode, who was on a courtesy visit to NEMSA headquarters in Abuja.

Ewesor said while many electrical contractors and workers have been certified, they however need continuous training and retraining to promote safety and technical standards in the power sector

According to him, “It is another ground that NEMSA and NAPTIN are breaking and we have started discussion with the Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN) on that because they have a larger pool of electricians”.

On his part, the Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode said “We have trained staff of NEMSA on two occasions and from the statement of the MD/CEO, the outcome was good and that means we have met our objective. I must commend him because it’s only a good leader that will consider training and retraining for his staff.”

BPE,  SIEMENS POWER SECTOR ROADMAP TO COMMENCE BY YEAR END

August 16, 2019

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex  Okoh has confirmed that the implementation of the agreement signed between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Siemens on the roadmap geared towards resolving existing challenges in the power sector and expanding capacity for future power needs in Nigeria will commence by the end of the year.

Okoh, who was represented by the Director in charge of Energy Department in the Agency, Yunana Malo, made this confirmation at a workshop in Abuja recently, pointing out that the implementation of the agreement is expected to help expand the capacity for future power needs in the country.

The two-day workshop, titled “Meter Data Management Solution” was facilitated by the BPE to provide a forum for Siemens to interface with Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) with the aim of getting all parties acquainted with the implementation plan as well as ensuring that the peculiarities of every party are addressed in the roadmap implementation.

Speaking at the workshop, Sales Support Professional, Smart Metering, Siemens South Africa, Martin Kuhlmann, said the implementation of the roadmap was designed to eradicate estimated billing system and encourage metering across the country, including government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs). He expressed confidence that with the roadmap, some of the gaps currently existing in the power sector would be sufficiently addressed.

Key areas featured in the workshop are the basic principles of meter data management, assessment of existing meters and the advantages of the solutions being proposed by Siemens

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