President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday commissioned the Ariaria Market’s 9.5 megawatts (MW) capacity Independent Power Project, built by a private consortium under the Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI) of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to supply electricity to up to 47,000 shops and small businesses operating at the Ariaria International Market in Aba, Abia State.
The Ariaria IPP was funded, constructed and operated by Ariaria Market Energy Solutions Ltd (AMES) and consists of the following infrastructure–an independent clean gas-fired power plant, an extensive distribution network and metering systems for each shop.
Before the commissioning, the President noted that the market, which supplies its renowned ‘made in Aba’ products to countries along the West Africa coasts and Central Africa, had reportedly been challenged with the problem of inefficient electricity supply from the national grid, and this had often forced its occupants to rely on exorbitant alternative power sources.
He stated further that, “By providing a dedicated electricity supply to the traders and small businesses in this area, we are strengthening the made in Nigeria policy for which Abia and in particular, Aba and Ariaria are already well known.
On her part, the Managing Director/CEO of REA, Damilola Ogunbiyi, in her remarks, provided an overview of the project under the Energizing Economic Initiative (EEI) which she said was a Federal Government initiative to support rapid deployment of off grid electricity solutions to provide clean, safe, affordable and reliable electricity to economic and business clusters like markets, shopping centers, and industrial zones across Nigeria through private sector developers. She expressed special thanks to the President, while appreciating the support of NERC, the Govt. of Abia state, the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, the AMELS team, the Ariaria Market Association & other supporters of the project
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, recently commended stakeholders in the power sector for adhering to safety compliance and enhancing the growth of the industry.
Fashola gave the commendation at the commissioning of the upgraded Chemical and Engineering Laboratory of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) in Lagos.
“This is now an ungraded and properly fitted laboratory to help the Agency in enforcing compliance in the power sector. It will also make them do their jobs effectively now that they have tools. We hope there will be improvement in all the operators’ compliance conducts,” Fashola said.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NEMSA and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Peter Ewesor, described the inauguration of the laboratory as a major milestone for NEMSA in the enhancement of its functions and mandate at enforcing technical standards and regulations regarding electrical materials, power equipment and industry-related chemicals, adding that it would help curb substandard equipment in the power sector.
Ewesor said the facility was a specialized analytical laboratory for inspection, sampling, test and analysis services for transformer insulating oils and lubricating oils. Others, he said, included greases of various grades, turbine oil, and hydraulic oil used in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and other allied industries, as well as potable and effluent water resources.
He said NEMSA would ensure quality checks in line with its mandate of ensuring safety and compliance with standards. He said, “The chemical and engineering laboratory is one of the vintage assets in NEMSA, currently being strategically positioned to ensure that only the right type, quality and specification of insulating oil/chemicals, electrical materials, lubricants of various grades, etc, are used in the Nigerian electricity supply industry and other allied industries.
“This laboratory has been operating as a reference quality control laboratory for the entire power industry since the era of the defunct National Electric Power Authority and Power Holding Company of Nigeria, and now in the post-privatisation era when NEMSA took it over in a dilapidated state in 2014.” It also has equipment for detecting, identifying and evaluating incipient faults within transformers and reactors, Dielectric Strength Tester – to determine oil viscosity.
According to him, NEMSA embarked on the upgrading and remodeling of the laboratory to provide accurate tests and analyses of insulating and cooling oils, lubricants and electrical properties of materials used in electrical equipment deployed or to be deployed in the industry and in other allied industries and workplaces in Nigeria
The Federal Government may soon license private meter firms to supply meters to homes and businesses across the country as 108 companies have applied and gone through the process of being certified by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in line with the Meter Asset Providers (MAP) policy of Government.
This policy, according to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, allows new businesses to enter the metering area. Just in the way the Gencos and Discos were licensed, we are going to license them too as meter asset providers in the value chain of power supply, adding that the meter providers would be licensed to supply meters to homes and businesses directly without necessarily waiting for the distribution companies.This, the minister said, will relieve the pressure on the finances of DisCos to supply meters.
The initiative, according to Fashola, did not discharge DisCos of the contractual obligation that they might have, but in a way, helped to ease the challenges they faced in financing the supply of meters by opening business for new operators to come in.
“At this moment, 108 companies have applied and they are going through the process of being certified by NERC. The policy is now playing out and the distance and transition between policy and impact we will see as soon as the supply of meters are done.
“These will also give great economic impact as there will be employment of technicians, installers, fitters who are going to be trained by our training institute, National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) as it will be kicking off in a couple of months,” Fashola said
Though Nigeria’s power transmission network currently hovers around 8, 000MW, the Federal Government, yesterday said there was no going back on achieving 20,000 megawatts of electricity transmission by 2021.
Speaking during the commissioning of two units of 60MVA transformers, which is expected to deliver 96 megawatts (MW) of electricity at the Suleja substation in Niger State, Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed said though it is only three years to the 20,000MW target, the plan would be achieved, stressing that the transformers needed for the improvement have been procured, while in-house capacity of TCN engineers have been upgraded
Our focus this week on the Power Sector Recovery Programme is on the eleventh “Action Steps towards PSRP Intervention Implementation”. Which is, Improve sector transparency: This is all about, regular publication of key operational and financial information on the power sector.
The Action steps towards implementation include:
* At the end of each fiscal year, NERC publiahes on its website: (i) audited financial statements of GenCos, DisCos, NBET and TCN; (ii) NERC monitoring report.
* Quarterly , NERC publishes in its website operational and financial (market settlement) data of DisCos and TCN, and operational data of GenCos, the System Operator and the Market Operations.
* FGN manages a centralized website (NESISTATS) that provides up to date information and a feedback loop check the progress and activities of the PSRP
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has reaffirmed Federal Government’s commitment to continually intervene in the power sector.
Fashola gave the assurance on Saturday in Lagos during a visit to the 700 KW mini-grid electricity supply under the Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI) at Iponri Market, saying that such interventions would include solar energy and renewable energy to ensure ease of doing business in the country.
The Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI) is a Government initiative implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). The project’s aim is to support the rapid deployment of off-grid electricity solutions to Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME’s) within economic clusters through private sector developers. The clusters include markets, shopping complexes and agricultural/industrial clusters.
According to Fashola, the SMME operators are the engine of growth in any economy. Saying “They are one of the best in the economy I have seen. They are hardworking people and our ease of doing business targets them specifically”. “First, we understand that energy is an important component of their businesses. They pay between N2, 000 to N5, 000 just for supply of energy”. “Now the solution we have brought for them has reduced that cost,” Fashola said.
He also said that the initiative was part of the Federal Government’s resolve in ensuring an inclusive government. “The president’s programme of ease of doing business has already hit the buzzer. It has reduced the cost of running and that is the ease of doing businesses”.
“The other thing is that we are now implementing also the policy that no Government before us was committed to developing energy through mini grid. So, Iponri, for example is now being powered by solar, it is also renewable. For those who asked, where is renewable policy? Come and see it in Iponri”. “It is in Sabon-geri and it is still also coming up in many other markets. You would have heard that from the shop owners that they now have the right and privilege to choose between the solar and the grid because they have both”.
“There are traces of where the grids and generators were and you have heard from some of them saying that they have left their generators behind because they are too noisy and were too unhealthy because there are carbon emissions”. “Again, the President has entered this market to reach the ordinary people to say, I hear you, I feel your pains,” he said.
Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi, said the mini-grid currently served 450 shops out of 1700 shops at Iponri, and that the shops were in different tiers depending on their level of consumption on the solar hybrid power system which has 700kw capacity.
Ademola Adesina, Chief Executive Officer of Resource Energy, owners of the Iponri Market Energy Solution Ltd., said the Company currently operates in six out of the 16 markets where the energizing economies projects were. He said that the Company plans to be in 12 markets out of the 300 major markets identified for the project, and that the Company could bid for and build more mini-grids and extend its service beyond major markets to some industrial clusters in future
The Secretary General of West African Power Pool (WAPP), Siengui Apollinaire Ki has commended the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), for the quality of training it delivers.
He made the commendation during the opening ceremony of NAPTIN's training programme for eighty Liberia Electric Corporation (LEC) employees recently at the Institute’s Regional Training Centre, Lagos.
The Secretary General, who was represented by WAPP Director of Finance and Administration, Baba Jarjusey, said, “we are satisfied with NAPTIN'S training”, adding that, “this is a training, if it were to be taken to Europe or America, would cost more and may not reflect the socio-economic traits of Liberia”. He urged NAPTIN to keep up the good work and emphasized the role of West African Power Pool (WAPP), which is created to establish a unified Electricity Market in West African Sub Region, saying that this can only be achieved through adequate and well trained manpower.
In his response, the Ag. Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode commended and thanked the West African Power Pool (WAPP), African Development Bank (AFDB) and the Liberia Electric Corporation (LEC) for the training opportunity, and more especially for the confidence reposed in NAPTIN.
Nagode further reveled that between 2017 and 2018, the WAPP had sponsored thirty six Liberia Electric Corporation (LEC) employees, who were trained in NAPTIN. The success recorded in the previous training encouraged them to now come up with eighty additional employees to be trained in various trades in the Electricity Value Chain.
Nagode also commended the Chairman of the West African Power Pool and the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for their leadership roles in WAPP and the support given to NAPTIN
The Federal Government through the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has commissioned 1×30/40MVA, 132/33KV power substations in Wudil and Dan Agundi Municipal Local Governments of Kano State.
Speaking during the commissioning, the Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, said the contract was awarded more than nine years ago, but the project was abandoned until the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration in its commitment to improve power supply in the country.
According to him, TCN has raised $1.623 billion for transmission, rehabilitation and expansion programme aimed at improving the power grid to 20,000 Megawatts (MW) by 2021.He revealed that the programme, which was sponsored by the World Bank, would improve electricity supply across Nigeria.
Mohammed also explained that the Wudil substation would improve power supply in seven local government areas, namely: Wudil, Garko, Albasu, Gaya, Garko, Sumaila and Ajingi, noting that the project would enhance their socioeconomic well-being.
In his remarks, the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, expressed appreciation for the actualization of the project, which according to him, would boost Kano’s economic and commercial status.
According to Ganduje, Kano is the economic hub of Northern Nigeria, but facing challenges of insufficient power supply, noting that these kind of projects would get the State back to its hitherto economic status. Saying “this project will certainly enhance the socioeconomic life of the seven local governments that are within this axis”.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that it is presently back feeding Kano disco feeders affected by the recent failure of one of its 150MVA 132/33kV power transformers in Kumbotso Transmission Substation from other available 2 x 150MVA transformers in the station to ensure consistent bulk electricity supply, while it effects repairs on the 150MVA 330/132kV power transformer which tripped earlier this year in the substation.
In a statement signed by the GM Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that on the 1st of January this year, one of its 150MVA transformers in Kumbutso substation tripped, causing TCN lose about 90MW on the Kano –Kankia – Katsina 132 kV line 1, which feeds Kankia, Katsina and Daura as well as the Kumbotso – Dakata 132 kV transmission lines, thereby affecting supply to Kankia,Katsina and Daura in Katsina State as well as Sabon Gari, Dakata, Bompai, Mariri and Gezawa in Kano State.
According to the statement, the faulty transformer had since been isolated and its bulk electricity load delivery to Kano Disco had also been rearranged to ensure that customers fed from this transformer still receive electricity. Presently Dakata Substation feeds from Transformer T2A through Hadejia line while Kankia-Katsina and Daura now gets supply from Transformer T4A. Tamburawa Substation on the other hand now receives power supply through Kaduna-Zaria-Kano 132kV transmission line.
Meanwhile, TCN engineers have equally carried out intensive tests on the faulty transformer, which revealed that short circuit in the winding caused the tripping. Consequently, requisite parts for repair work were quickly procured and repair works have commenced in earnest to quickly bring the 150MVA power transformer back into circuit.
TCN noted that the Kumbotso Transmission Substation is one of the substations in which it plans to put in place N-1 capacity this year, noting that it has procured transformers, including 150MVA capacity, currently at the nation’s sea ports waiting to berth, which the Company is working with the Ports Authority to fast track its clearance and to enable it take two number 150MVA 330/132kV transformers to Kumbotso Substation and other substations where the transformers are to be installed.
TCN apologized for inconveniences to the Governor and good people of Kano State and pledged to quickly resolve the problem with the faulty transformer as well as make every effort to ensure that the new transformers are cleared and installed. The transformers once installed, would further increase total transmission capacity nationwide
Our focus this week on the Power Sector Recovery Programme is on the tenth “Action Steps towards PSRP Intervention Implementation”. Which is, Restore proper sector governance: Restore proper sector governance to improve investor confidence.
The Action steps towards implementation include:
* Current BPE directors in DisCio Boards are replaced by qualified independent professionals through a transparent process.
* Identification and appointment of qualified board of sector agencies including NBET, TCN, NELMCO, NEMSA, NDPHC and REA.
* Provide extensive and continuous training for FGN board representatives
* FGN to put in place a special police department or provide DisCos with required police staff to help them enforce payment discipline. Engage State Governments to use local courts to adjudicate energy offences
DUALIZATION OF LOKOJA BENIN ROAD SECTION II OKENE AUCHI IN KOGI EDO STATE
Dualization of Lokoja Benin Road Section II Okene Auchi in Kogi Edo State
FASHOLA AT THE 27TH POWER SECTOR OPERATORS MEETING COMMISSIONS POWER IMPROVEMENT FACILITIES IN YOLA ADAMAWA STATE
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSAN 2nd leftPermanent Secretarty Power Engr Louis Edozien 2nd left and Managing DirectorYola Electricity Distribution CompanyYEDCEngr Baba Umara Mustapha leftdurin g the commissioning of the 25MVA 3311kv Injection Substation Yola Town shortly before the 27th Meeting with Operators in the Power Sector hosted by the Yola Electricity Distribution Company YEDC at the TCN Transmission Station along Numan Road Jimeta Adamawa State on Monday 14th May 2018