It was an atmosphere of joyful reaction in Torankawa community of Yabo Local Government Area in Sokoto State recently as bulbs lit up across the agrarian households with the commissioning of a 60 kilowatts on-grid solar power plant.
Before last Tuesday, the people of Torankawa, about 45 minutes’ drive from Sokoto town, had only an inactive four kilometer power line connecting the community.
The dead service line under Kaduna Electric franchise area was out of supply for about five years, the residents said. The line was only revived under the grid-connected solar power project delivered by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing after the place was chosen for the pilot project.
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, before she commissioned it, said the plant was unique because it demonstrates the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to improve electricity supply.
“I am aware that this project is self-sustainable and therefore will request you to ensure that you guard it especially against vandalism. This will encourage the development of many similar projects,” she said.
The Acting Director, Department of Renewable Energy and Rural Power Access in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr. Faruk Yabo Yusuf, who supervised the Torankawa project, said the plant will provide uninterrupted electricity supply to 350 households with 1,750 people benefitting from it.
He said: “It’s the first of its kind in Nigeria because all other solar projects are off grid project,” adding that the plant which connects to the national grid was a pilot one to test the mini grid regulation launched by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2017.
Musa Bello, a farmer, said it was a new experience as his house was among those that were metered under the mini-grid electrification project.
“I was told that I can only pay for what I consume and that the electricity will be continuous for 24 hours. I never knew that there can be something like that,” Bello said expressing his joy about solar power.
A provision store owner, Aliyu Yabo, said they had relied more on generators to power shops but the new project makes all the difference. He said: “We thank whoever initiated this project for us because our reliance on generators will now reduce and new businesses can spring up.”
The District Head of Torankawa, Umar Maishanu, lauded the Federal Government for providing a stable electricity source.
Maishanu said, “For five years, there was no light and the state government was not responding to our pleas until this solar power project was delivered. We donated the land and we promise that we will safeguard it.”
Shortly before the plant was commissioned, the faulty power lines were being strung and a transformer was installed at the plant where the solar power is converted into grid active electricity and transported through the lines
In line with President Buhari’s policy on incremental power, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has completed the installation and commissioning into service, a new 300MVA 330/132/33kV power transformer in its Alaoji Transmission Substation in Abia State.
In a statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that the new 300MVA power transformer, energized on February 12th, 2019 in its Alaoji Transmission Substation, has increased the station's installed capacity from 450MVA to 750MVA which makes it the biggest substation in the Southern part of the country and has also made the station consistent with redundancy requirement of N-1.
With this development, TCN has increased its capacity to supply Enugu Distribution Company for onward supply to particularly Abia North (Ohafia, Arochukwu, Item, Abriba), Imo State (Okigwe, Arondi-izuogu), parts of Ebonyi and Rivers States.
TCN further stated that the following projects under construction will also benefit from the newly energized 300MVA transformer; 4No 132kV substations at Okigwe (Imo state), Mbalano, Ohafia and Arochukwu (Abia State) which are awaiting completion. The newly energized 300MVA transformer will also enhance evacuation of power generated into the 132kV grid network from the Alaoji NIPP and Afam Power Stations. The installation of the transformer was carried out by Messrs Power Control with active support of TCN engineers in Aba Sub-Region
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said it is working to ensure that firms, which applied to serve as meter asset providers under the new metering arrangements, begin operation soon, saying the Commission is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure the success of the new metering scheme, which culminated in the introduction of the meter asset providers, as a third-party in the distribution and supply of electricity meters to the customers.
NERC made this known through its officer in charge of Meter Asset Providers (MAPs), Shittu Shuaibu, saying “Meter asset providers are likely to start operation very soon as the regulator is working hard to ensure they are licensed to carry out the responsibilities of metering the unmetered customers in the country.”
Chief Executive officer of Momas Electricity Meter Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), Kola Balogun, said meter asset providers may be licensed by NERC to start operation before the end of the first quarter of 2019.
According to him, firms that wish to play as meter asset providers in the sector have applied to NERC, granted ‘No Objection’ status by the Commission, had their performance reviewed in the market, made to seek the power distribution companies (DisCos) they would partner, while also awaiting final approval from NERC.
“Between this February and March ending, something concrete as regards the commencement of the activities of meter asset providers would happen. I’m sure that the firms that are seeking to start operation as MAPs would start work, either by end of February or March 2019,” he added.
According to him, the new metering plans would provide opportunities for operators to play better by acquiring and building bigger markets for themselves, stressing that direct and indirect jobs will be created, more meters would be made, which would culminate in appreciable reduction in metering gap in the country.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN) has delivered a 150MVA, 330/132/33kV power transformer to Kumbotso Transmission Substation in Kano, to replace one of the four 150MVA transformers taken out for repairs. The power transmission equipment arrived Kumbtso Transmission Substation Kano on February 15, 2019, from the Apapa Port in Lagos
According to the General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, the new transformer is an addition to the recently repaired 150MVA power transformer which got burnt five (5) years ago in Kumbotso Substation. It is noteworthy that it is the first time a badly damaged150MVA was repaired in the history of Nigeria’s power sector.
She further stated that as soon as the installation of the new 1X150MVA transformer is completed, the capacity of Kumbotso would be increased and this will further improve bulk power supply for onward delivery to Dakata, Wudil and Dan Agundi in Kano, Dutse and Hadeja in Jigawa State, Azare in Bauchi State, Katsina, Kankia, and Daura in Katsina and finally to Maradi and Gazawa in Niger Republic respectively.
TCN reiterates its resolve to consistently contribute its quota in the power supply value chain by persistently upgrading and investing in the nation’s grid network in line with its carefully researched and documented Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme. The company further pledged to continue to work towards building a national grid that is comparable to any in the world
The Federal Government through the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has commissioned a 330/132/33kV power substation in Damaturu, Yobe State to enhance transmission capacity in the state.
The Project was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Environment, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, on Wednesday 13th, February 2019, in Damaturu.
The Minister said the giant stride taken by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), to complete the 13-year-old project would expand the power capacity and make electricity readily available for businesses to thrive in the state.
He said the substation project started in 2006 but due to non-performance and delay in implementation by the contracted company, the TCN took over and completed the contract in August, 2018.
According to the Minister, in September 2018, all the installations were carried out at the substation and the 150MVA, 330/132/33KV transformer, 75MVAR reactor were energized on September 13, 2018, “While the 60MVA, 120/33KV transformer was put to service on October 3, 2018. Thereby enabling supply access to the three outgoing Feeders: Buni Yadi feeder 1, Damaturu feeder 2 and Babban Gida feeder 3”. The substation supply would benefit Ngelzarma, Gaidam, Dapchi, Yadi and Damaturu Township.
The Managing Director of the TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, said the power capacity was enhanced to boost economic activities in Yobe and North-East.“There is direct relationship between electricity and economy. We also believe that, for us to solve the problem of restiveness and insecurity we must supply electricity efficiently. That was the mandate given to us by Mr. President,” he said.
Gur also explained that the North-East have only 330kV substation in the past but, with the two that were commissioned in Damaturu and Maiduguri, 100 percent of succession has been added in the zone.
The Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Engr. Abubakar Ali, commended the Minister for sparing time to commission the project and the TCN for the timely completion of the project
The Federal Government on Tuesday commissioned a 60 kilowatts (KW) grid connected solar power plant in Torankawa community of Sokoto State worth N146 million.
Speaking at the commissioning, the Acting Director, Department of Renewable Energy and Rural Power Access at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector), Engr. Faruk Yabo Yusuf, said the plant will provide uninterrupted electricity supply to 350 households with 1,750 people benefitting from it.
According to him, “It’s the first of its kind in Nigeria because all other solar projects are off grid project,” adding that the plant which connects to the national grid was a pilot one to test the Mini Grid Regulation launched by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2017.
He said the plant, which was completed in three months also provides power to 20 small businesses, five mosques, community irrigation farm and 50 street lights, disclosing that it was funded under the Renewable Energy Micro Utility (REMU) project with proceeds from Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond issued in 2017.
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Abubakar, who commissioned the project said the plant was unique because it was the first to be implemented in Nigeria and demonstrates the commitment of the Buhari led Administration to provide incremental, stable and uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians.
“I am aware that this project is self-sustainable and therefore will request you to ensure that you guard and protect the project especially against vandalism .This will encourage the development of many similar projects. At the next level, I call on other communities to embrace the peaceful nature of Torankawa community to enjoy similar projects,” the Minister said.
Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of News Engineering Nigerian Limited, the contractor of the project,Lady Josephine Nwaeze described the project as a pace setting and landmark project, being the first Grid – Connected Hybrid Solar PV Mini Grid tob be developed and energized in Nigeria. She said it will provide “24/7 electricity with 99% availability of supply.
On his part, the co - contractor and Managing Director of Protogy Global Services, Ademola Agoro, explained that the plant has 99 percent assurances of availability of power supply all year round. According to him, it consists of 125kVA battery and electricity inverter, 60kW Solar Photophobic (PV) modules, 216 kilowatt hours (kWh) battery bank and 100KVA backup diesel generator. Part of the project was the rehabilitation of a four kilometer Town Distribution Network (TDN) disrupted five years ago, and the upgrade of 100 customers’ connection along with installed smart meters.
Representing the Managing Director of Kaduna Electric, the Sokoto state Regional Manager, Masaud Abdulkadir lauded the grid solar project and urged the community to take advantage of it.
The District Head of Torankawa, Umar Maishanu lauded the Federal Government for providing the stable electricity source. He said, “For five years, there was no light and the state government was not responding to our pleas until this solar power project was delivered. We donated the land and we promise that we will safeguard it,” the community Head noted
The Transmission Company of Nigeria has announced that the National Grid has successfully transmitted a new generation peak of 5375 MW on Thursday, 7th February 2019 at 21:00 hrs. This is the first time that the nation’s power grid had generated, transmitted and distributed this quantum of power which is clearly an evidence of the success of this Administration’s policy on incremental power.
In a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that the last peak generation of 5224 MW which was also successfully transmitted by TCN, was attained on 18th December, 2017. This has now been surpassed by the new peak of 5375 MW.
According to her, the current capacity of Generation companies nationwide is 7,450 MW which is expected to significantly increase with the expected recovery of all the generators at Egbin by the Management of Sahara Energy. The capacity of Transmission based on the simulation of December 2018 is 8,100 MW. Since the last simulation several transformers have been added to transmission. With the new combined peak, Distribution companies have also increased capacity. However, more work is needed on the Distribution capacities for the sector to fully stabilize.
TCN said it has continued to upgrade critical transmission infrastructure nationwide with the commissioning of over 40 power transformers and lines in the last two years, building of seven (7) brand new substations, diligently pursuing its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme which is encapsulated in its 20-year transmission Expansion Plan. As at date, TCN’s wheeling capacity had increased from 5,000 in 2016 to 7,124 MW in 2017 and 8100 MW in 2018.
The statement further said that unlike in the past, TCN is not only focusing on Grid Expansion but also on the quality of the power. In that respect, the Company achieved frequency control of between 49.50 Hz and 50.50 Hz between May 2017 and November 2018 which had not been achieved in the history of Nigeria for the past 20 years. From December to date, it equally achieved the best frequency control of between 49.75 Hz to 50.25 Hz for 85% of the time which is the best ever witnessed in the history of the Nigerian power sector
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has been asked to fast track and simplify the licensing process for Eligible customers to buy and sell power.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Power Sector, Louis Edozien, gave this charge at a workshop on Eligible Customer Regulation, organized by the NERC on Tuesday, 12th February, 2019.
In his remarks, Edozien, decried the fact that though the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, in compliance with previsions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, issued directives to NERC which gave rise to the Eligible Customer Regulation in May, 2017, that none of the interested consumers and generation companies were yet to be issued licenses.
He further urged generation companies to more aggressively take advantage of the Regulation to sell the power they can generate, 2,000MW of which is now stranded, to Eligible customers who need it and are willing and able to pay for it.
Edozien imployed the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) not to relent in its sopport of the Regulation, by making targeted investments in the national grid as needed to service contracts with Gencos and Eligible customers to transmit the power.
He further encouraged distribution companies to embrace the policy, pointing out that if they were satisfying the needs of their consumers adequately, they would have no reason to generate the power by themselves or want to become Eligible Customers. By so doing, Discos can partner investors and generation companies to build new distribution infrastructure to serve specific paying customers better.
The Permanent Secretary used the occasion, which brought together consumers, generation companies, distribution companies and investors interested in taking advantage of the Regulation to enjoin dissatisfied consumers to take advantage of the customer care platforms all distribution companies have set up in compliance with the previous of their license, an escalate unresolved complaints to the NERC consumer forum offices, as provided for in the Regulations.
It was revealed that forty-four expressions of interest with a total demand for 600 MW from underserved and unserved consumers who wish to become Eligible Customers had been received. 14 of this have submitted license application to NERC, two of which have fulfilled all NERC’s conditions and expected to be licensed soon.
Residents of Igbokoda in Ilaje Ese, Ose Odo Local Government Area in Ondo South Senatorial Zone, who had been living without electricity in the last five years, were enveloped with joy last Wednesday, when the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, inaugurated the power project that restored power to the community as 10 out of the 21 distribution substations in the Igbokoda community came on with power supply, thus illuminating the town.
The substations that were energized as at Wednesday include: Larada, General Hospital, Secretariat Road substation, Ikuomola, Ilara, Orioketilu, Church substation, Okoga College road/Omotehin, GRA1, GRA4/NDDC and Broad street substations. The project, which is an ongoing exercise, is expected to extend to Okitipupa and other parts of Ondo South Senatorial Zone in due course.
The restoration, which was achieved by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), with the speedy rehabilitation of the power project in conjunction with Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) under the National Independent Power Project (NIPP), will bring positive effect on the social and economic activities in the area.
The Zone has always been the central town for inhabitants of the Ondo South Senatorial District, comprising of Okitipupa, Irele, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Odigbo and Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Governments, due to the presence of several amenities. The communities believe that, if the problem of power supply is addressed, other improvements will follow. Stressing that power outage has greatly affected social and economic activities in the area.
Federal Government had listened to the residents of communities under Ondo South Senatorial Zone over their power rehabilitation project, and had directed NIPP to join forces with BEDC for the speedy rehabilitation of the whole network across four local governments namely: Okitipupa, Ese-Odo, Irele, and Ilaje local governments in four phases.
As a way forward, BEDC and NDPHC had collected survey samples of other routes to be used in re-routing the affected lines for the areas under rehabilitation, as a permanent solution to hitches before the NIPP intervention support.
FASHOLA AT THE WORLD FM DAY POLICY DIALOGUE ON THE THEME TACKLING THE POOR MAINTENANCE CULTURE IN NIGERIA
Representative of the Vice President Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSAN left andCommercial Counselor United States Mission to Nigeria United States Consulate General Mr Brent Omdahlright shortly after theWorld FM DayPolicy Dialogueon the theme Tackling the Poor Maintenance Culture in Nigeria hosted by Klinserve Solutions Limited at the Agip Recital Hall Muson Centre Onikan Lagos on Tuesday 15th 2018