19 March, 2018
Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Babatunde Fashola,SAN (middle), Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel (3rd left), Permanent Secretary Power, Louis Edozien (3rd right) and others at the Opening Session of the 25th Monthly Meeting Operators in the Power Sector hosted by the Akwa Ibom State Government in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Monday 12th, March 2018
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN has reassured Nigerians of the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring steady power supply in the country. Fashola made this known at the 25th Monthly Power Sector Meeting on Monday in Uyo. In his words, the Minister said: “our incremental power initiative is well underway; some results are manifesting and the promise of steady power is real”. “If we persevere, I am certain that we will witness uninterrupted power which is the final destination of our journey.” Saying that the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) which are policies, actions and programmes put in place by the Ministry and other stakeholders to solve problems in the sector, were already delivering results. “One of such result is the regulation that will democratize access to meters for power sector customers.’
Speaking further, Fashola said: “while it is no longer news that we have reached a 7,000MW) Generation Capacity and have a 5000MW Distribution Capacity; what is newsworthy is that last month we met with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), DisCos, and GenCos “on how to implement the Eligible Customer Policy and increase connectivity to the 2000MW that is availabl.He disclosed that the Federal Government had secured the World Bank's approval for 486 million dollars Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) transmission expansion funding, while progress is being made with the sam
e bank for the Rural Electrification and Distribution Expansion Funding. He said: “In many parts of the country connected to the grid, citizens’ feedback is positive, even though all the problems are not solved. Citizens acknowledge more power in dry weather, reduced hours of running their generators and reduction in fuel (diesel and petrol) purchase to power generators.
He described solar energy as cleaner and more efficient source of power, stressing that in many states, solar power is being accepted and used, that consumers were already embracing the solar power generation plan, which is an initiative of the government to boost electricity. The Minister said that the country was moving away from theorizing about power to actual provision of efficient power to support trade and businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who are the drivers of our economy, giving instances of projects like: the commissioning of a 73KW Solar Hybrid System to support mat production in a factory that employs 1,400 people, the Solar system being deployed in Sabon Gari Market, Kano State that has 12000 shops and the work that has commenced to connect and meter 31000 shops in Ariaria market in Abia state among others.
19 March, 2018
4th left, MD/CEO, Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (MESL), Engr. Lamu Audu and other members of the monitoring team in a group photograph after the inspection of Jebba Power Plant, Niger State
The Federal Government said it is making efforts to improve electricity supply in the country that will enhance economic and social activities. Speaking to journalists during a site visit to some Hydro Power Project sites in Zungeru, Kainji and Jebba all in Niger State, the Deputy Director, Energy Resources in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector), Engr. Olatubosun Owoeye made this known, saying that the projects would not only increase power generation in the country, but would also improve the economic activities of the host communities. He further stated that works which is at 45 per cent completion level at the Zungeru 700MW Hydro Power Plant would be completed as scheduled and urged the National Assembly to appropriate more funds to the project.
During the visit, the Management of Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, operators of the Kainji and Jebba Hydro Power Plants, said it has reached agreement with six companies to sell bulk electricity directly to them. Engr. Lamu Audu said the adoption of the eligible customer rule would not only help resolve the financial challenge currently facing GenCos but would enable them attract new investments. He described the situation where GenCos generate power but was rejected by the transmission company of Nigeria (TCN) and distribution companies (DisCos) due to lack of infrastructure as not only frustrating, but huge loss to them as they were not paid for such waste. Lamu disclosed that his company has reached agreement with six companies to supply them power directly as a result of the eligible customer rule”. According to him, “This move will lead to the revival of moribund companies which were closed because of power supply”.
19 March, 2018
A smart meter
Power Distribution Companies (DisCos), do not have the sole responsibility of providing meters to electricity consumers anymore, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) declared on Monday. According to NERC, a new regulation has now introduced another class of operators in the power sector called Meter Asset Providers (MAPs).The Commissioner, Legal, Licensing, and Compliance, NERC, Dafe Akpeneye, said MAPs would now take up the duty of providing meters to customers, among other functions. Akpeneye, who spoke at the 25th Monthly Power Sector Meeting, said the commission saw the non-availability of meters as a very serious concern and met with consumers, DisCos, financiers and other stakeholders across the industry in order to solve the problem.
According to him, “we all arrived at the same answer that we have to do something different. We can no longer leave this very important obligation to the distribution companies alone; other players have to come into this space’. So, we went about creating the NERC Meter Asset Provider Regulation, 2018”. “In the past, we left it as a sole responsibility of the DisCos in their performance agreement that they are to meter customers. It’s been over four years since privatization and customers are still complaining. So, to solve this problem, we are creating a new class in the industry called Meter Asset Providers’, to meter custom
ers also.He added that, “MAPs will be independent people who will be approved by NERC but contracted by the Discos to bridge the metering gap. In doing this, there will be various options available to customers. “Electricity consumers will now have the option of self-financing. Those who don’t want this will be able to obtain meters from MAPs and there will be a metering service charge spread over a period of 10 years. “He stated that, “MAPs do not only have the responsibility to provide meters, but they also have the responsibility to ensure that those meters are maintained and replaced within 48 hours if anything goes wrong with the.
10 March, 2018
MD/CEO, Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi
Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyisays her organization has achieved significant improvement in rural electrification through Data Technology. “The success of the REA programmes has been in the use of data and technology to plan projects. We have an energy database on the REA website and conduct extensive energy demand studies to determine the actual needs of the people before a solution is proposed’, Ogunbiyi added, pointing out that under her leadership, REA has developed an off-grid electrification strategy and improved its communication with stakeholders.
According to her, “the first step was the development of the off-grid electrification strategy, in line with the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP). The primary objective is to increase electricity access to rural and underserved clusters. This strategy supports energy access and economic growth by providing power solutions through mini grids, solar stand-alone systems, and power to universities – through our energizing education programme, and power to major Small and Medium Enterprises through the Energizing Economies Initiative”. Speaking further, she said: “with the universities, it’s a transformational programme which will allow us to see the direct correlation between sustainable energy and education. It is also important because a lot of research centers and hubs, and teaching hospitals have been underutilized because they don’t have enough energy and there has been a lot of international funding that can be channeled to these institutions as well. I think the knock-on effect is going to be phenomenal, particularly in the quality of future Nigerian graduates as a result of uninterrupted electricity”.
Ogunbiyi disclosed that the Agency has funds to commence the programme, which would be carried out in phases, phase one of which would start with nine universities and one teaching hospital across all geopolitical zones. She stated that REA is on a mission to turn thingsaround because providing adequate and sustainable power supply will go a long way in alleviating poverty in the country.
10 March, 2018
10MW Katsina Wind Farm, Kankia Local Govrnment Area, Katsina State
The 10megawatts Katsina Wind Farm located in Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina State will soon be commissioned as work on the site is almost at hundred percent completion and upon commissioning will boost electricity supply to the State.
The team of inspectors who were at the site to access the level of completion led by the Deputy Director, Energy Resources Department in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr. Olatunbosun Owoeye was taken round the project and assured that the project will be commissioned by the end of this Month.
The Katsina Wind Farm project when operational, the 10megawatts generated electricity will be sent through the Liyafa Injection Sub-station already dedicated to the project with 2X7.5MVA transformers will supply electricity to the host communities and Katsina State Metropolis.
10 March, 2018
From right, Minister of State II, Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma , EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. KarlsenKetil, Country Director, German International Development Agency, GIZ, Thomas Kirseh and Ag, Director, Renewable and Rural Access Department (RRD),Engr. Farouk Yusuf Yabo
The Federal Government says it is focused on improving power access to satisfy the population’s increasing demand for reliable electricity,especiallythrough renewable energyto those in the rural areas, where approximately 70% of dwellers do not have access to the national grid. The Minister of State 11 Power, Works and Housing, Surveyor Suleiman Hassan made this known while speaking at the Closure of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme 1 (NESP1) and the Launch of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme 11 (NESP11) recently in Abuja.
“Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) is co – funded by the European Union and the German Government and jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenaibet (GIZ) and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. The phase 1 of the NESP started in 2013 and ended in 2017. The second phase would last from 2018 to 2020”, Suleiman said. He further stated that the first phase was successful and contributed in providing electricity to about 10, 000 people in Sokoto, Niger, Ogun, Cross River and Plateau state.
On her part, the Programme Head, Nigerian Energy Support Programme, InaHommers said that 33 million Euros had been earmarked to execute the second phase of the NESP to enhance further developments in Nigeria’s power sector especially renewable energy. She said the EU would provide 20 million Euros while the German government would give 13 million Euros to support the programme. “The programme will ensure as part of its schedule that up to 500MW of solar photovoltaic electricity is procured and generated to serve the people of Nigeria. It will also provide support to renewable energy operators to scale up their electricity provision” she said.
Earlier, the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, KarlsenKetil stated that studies had shown that Nigeria could generate up to 53, 950MW of electricity from solar and hydro sources. Saying there was a need to ensure that the right investments were made in this regards. He disclosed that the success of the first phase of the NESP inspired the EU to continue with its support for the second phase, and called for a replication of the same expertise that was used in implementing the first phase.
10 March, 2018
A Transmission Lines
In line with the policy of this Administration on incremental power, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it has installed and energized new transformers and transmission lines in its substations in five states to improve electricity supply in the country. The company listed the lines to include: 1X60MWA power transformer in Katsina substation, 1X100MVA transformer in Ejigbo substation and 2X60MVA in Odogunyan substation both in Lagos State. Others are 1X60MVA transformer in Old Abeokuta Substation and 1X60MVA transformer in Calabar Substation. TCN said it had also energized the 5KM transmission line built in collaboration with the Enugu State Government to power the 1X30MVA Nsukka Substation.
The Company disclosed this in a statement issued by its General Manager Public Affairs, NdidiMbah. According to her, with this development, the power supply rationing recently experienced by customers of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company around Ejigbo when the old 1X30MVA was removed to pave way for the installation of the new 1x100MVA is expected to stop. Installation of another 1X100 MVA to replace the second 1X30MVA in the same substation has also commenced. The completion of which would further boost transmission capacity in that axis. TCN wish to commend the effort of the Governor of Enugu State for the collaboration that enabled the completion of the line. The transformers have been energized and supplying various communities where they are located. This has added to the several transformers, substations and transmission lines completed across the country either by TCN in-house engineers or by contractors and are ready for commissioning
4 March, 2018
A Solar powered street light at Pakau village, Kagarko Local Government, Kaduna State
The people of Gnami and Pakau villages in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State are enjoying constant electricity courtesy of the 40KW Solar Mini-Grid Panels (Off-Grid) installed by the Japanese Firm (Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd), and the first 50KW Solar Power Renewable Energy Mini Utility (REMU) project by the US-based company, Golden Grid Solutions, Inc. (GGSI), all in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. The systems are aimed at providing reliable and uninterrupted electricity supply for rural areas. Through this new technology, the migration from rural areas to the cities would be drastically minimized.
Residents of the two villages confirmed this development during the presentation tour by the Management staff of the Ministry and some select Energy Correspondents to the two Villages in Kaduna State. Director, Human Resources Management in the Ministry, Chibado Muhammad Jada who led the delegation to the two communities disclosed that the tour of on-going power projects across the country has become necessary because it would help the Federal Government take decisions that would benefit Nigerians and improve electricity supply in the country.
Yahaya Peter, Secretary of the Youth Association that guards the facility from vandals in Gnami village expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for siting the project in their communities, saying that the project has improved the socio economic activities of the people in the community.
The team also inspected the 1.2MW first grid connected PV Solar Power Plant at Lower Usuma Dam, Bwari Area Council, and Abuja under the Japanese grant to Nigeria and the 215MW Kaduna Power plant in Kudenda
4 March, 2018
The new 100MVA 132/33kV Power Transformer at Ejigbo Transmission Sub- Station, Lagos State
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) recently energized ‘on no load’, a new 100MVA132/33kV power transformer that was recently installed at Ejigbo Sub-station, Lagos. The transformer is currently on soak, not supplying electricity until after 48hours when it would be loaded for subsequent supply of electricity. The new 100MVA 132/33kV power transformer replaced an old 30MVA 132/33kV power transformer in the substation, thus increasing transmission capacity in Lagos by 70MVA. The transmission capacity would boost electricity supply to customers in Ejigbo and its environs, thereby increasing socio-economic activities of the citizens
4 March, 2018
A Pre - Paid Meter
Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) has commenced installation of the second phase of 10, 000 free-paid meters to its customers in Gombe State
Gombe Regional Manager, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Sani Hamza said that the free meters were pre-loaded with 100 units of electricity at N3, 130 and 50 units for N1, 565. “We are now in Investment Quarters and from that side, we are coming down to the main town,” he explained.
He said that the Company had successfully installed over 2,000 meters to customers in the first phase of the exercise. He advised consumers against tampering with the meters after installation, adding that such an act was a punishable offence.