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
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PROGRESS REPORT PICTURES CONSTRUCTION OF BODO BONNY ROAD WITH BRIDGES
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