FG Partners Private Sector To Improve Alternative Power Generation

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The Federal Government has expressed a willingness to partner with private sector investors in providing alternative renewable energy in a bid to transform Nigeria’s economy.

The plan to improve power generation is expected to serve a section of the populace.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, stated this on Tuesday when he received a delegation from Total Group, led by its Chairman/CEO, Mr Patrick Pouyanne, who paid him a courtesy call at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the Federal Government would be ready to partner with the private sector that has indicated interest in making investments not only in oil and gas but also in electricity/renewable energy.

“There is a lot of work that has been done to provide off-grid alternatives such as solar power. We have done quite a bit through the Energizing Economies Initiative, to provide electricity to Nigerians in economic clusters.

“It would be interesting to see some pioneering efforts in this area of renewable energy; it is a good opportunity to do something in this area and would be a major contribution to Nigeria’s energy needs.”

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The Vice President applauded the group for contributing to the growth of the economy through increased local content, noting that he hoped for a more robust relationship between the group and the Federal Government.

In his remarks, Pouyanne said the group has achieved a high percentage of local content participation in one of its projects (Egina FPSO) in Nigeria.

“Our commitment to the country is strong and we have the ambition to continue to be a long partner with Nigeria. Total is a leader in solar (energy) and we want to invest in all these fields in Nigeria,” Pouyanne said.

Power Generation To Hit 10,000MW In 2020, Says Buhari

The President, Muhammadu Buhari is optimistic that power generation will increase to 10,000 megawatts by 2020.

The President although regretted that power is a huge problem in the country but said, the government is increasing its investment, clearing up the operational and financial log jam bedeviling the sector.

“As of September 12th, production of power reached an all-time high of 7,001 Megawatts.

“We hope to reach 10,000 Megawatts by 2020”.

According to Buhari for this to be achieved, some key priorities include better energy mix through solar and Hydro technologies.

“I am glad to say that after many years of limbo, Mambilla Power Project has taken off.

“Elsewhere in the economy the special window created for manufacturers, investors and exporters, foreign exchange requirements have proved very effective.

“Since April, about $7 billion has come through this window alone”.

The President added that the main effect of these policies is improved confidence in the economy and better investment sentiments.

Nigeria’s Power Generation Increases To 7000Megawatts

File Photo: Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

Nigeria’s power generation as at September 2017 has increased up to 7001 megawatts with transmission up to 6,700 megawatts and distribution rising to 4,600 megawatts.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola speaking at the executive session of the National Council on Power meeting said this increase can, however, be improved.

Fashola said this increase in power generation can be improved on if states and local governments pay more attention and implement the law on power sector reform programmes.

The National Council of Power conference which was held in Jos, Plateau State involve discussions about actions aimed at solving issues of power generation, transmission, distribution, liquidity, metering and estimated billing, among other challenges.

The Council comprises policymakers in the energy industry, members of the national assembly, permanent secretaries of power, commissioners and special advisers in charge of energy and power, chief executive officers of power companies, developing partners in the power sector and representatives of professional bodies.

Transmission, distribution, rehabilitation and expansion strategy towards the energy mix in the country was the focus of the meeting with the executive session headed by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

Other dignitaries at the event include the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Chairman, House Committee on Power, Honourable Daniel Asuquo, among others.

 

FG To Boost Power Generation In Nigeria By 340 Megawatts

The Federal Government has embarked on an incremental power project to boost power generation in Nigeria.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said this when he visited the Afam Power Station. which according to him, is expected to add 340

According to him, the power station is expected to add 340 magawatts before the end of December.

Built in 1962, Afam Power Station in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State started with an initial capacity of 20 megawatts.

“What I can expect as predictable is that we should be ready with the 100 megawatts, 240 before the end of December.

“Power programme is a journey and not an event. We will get to many bus stops. One of the bus stops is the 100 megawatts, another one is the 240 megawatts. It will be on until we can say we are finally there, ” Mr Fashola said.

He said lack of maintenance was largely responsible for the failure of the power station built in 1962 to effectively serve the power need of the nation but with the new plan in place, the situation is expected to improve.

Mr Fashola also used the occasion to address the disputed Bodo-Bonny road which he said would be awarded after the signing of the budget.

FG Blames Low Power Generation on Vandals

Power GenerationThe Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, has warned agitators across the country to desist from attacking Federal Government’s critical facilities just as he appealed to Nigerians to bear with the government as it finds solutions to the lingering crisis in the power sector.

He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital after being installed as the National Grand Patron of the S’Adatul Abadiya organization in Abeokuta, the state capital.

“We are going to appeal to Nigerians to be patriotic and they should please stop attacking and destroying critical facilities.

“On the part of government, what we have done now is looking for other means of gas such as nonassociated gas.

“We have also been trucking gas from Utorogu to Warri and Ughelli so as to allow for the stations around Sapele to have gas,” he said.

The Information Minister assured Nigerians that as it finds alternative means of ensuring adequate gas to fire the existing power stations across the country, effort is being channelled towards achieving the 10,000MW of electricity by the year 2019 by the federal government.

“By February this year, we were able to generate and transmit 5,074Mw of power but we are in this situation today mainly because of the attack on the Forcados export line.

“So now we have capacity to generate but we don’t have enough gas and as soon as this platform is repaired we will be able to generate and transmit more than 5,000MW.

“Therefore, aiming at 10,000MW for 2019 is quite feasible,” he said.

Delta State Signs MoU For Power Generation

Delta StateThe Delta State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an American company, Alpha Energy and Electric Inc., for the generation of 500 Megawatts of electricity through public-private partnership.

This is part of its efforts to boost power generation in the state.

Speaking during the signing ceremony in Asaba, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said that the development of the Independent Power Plants (IPP) would help boost the energy capacity of the state.

This, he said, would help the state to meet the power needs of investors and businesses, disclosing that power remained a prerequisite for investments and for industries to thrive in the country.

The MoU was signed on behalf of the state government by the Secretary to State Government Mr Ovie Agas, witnessed by Governor Okowa along with other members of the State Executive Council.

The Governor urged the company to commence work as soon as possible and gave them the assurance of government’s support and the necessary investment friendly environment to enable the PPP project succeed.

Power Generation Hits 4,000 Megawatts

PowerElectricity supply through the national grid is now ramping up as it attains 4,387 megawatts peak generation as at Friday, March 4, 2016 with a prospect for further improvement in power supply situation.

The Head, Public Affairs Department at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Usman Abba Arabi, said that this is following successful repair work on the damaged gas facility earlier in the week.

“It would be recalled that the peak generation level that notched epoch 5,070 megawatts few weeks ago suddenly nosedived due to inadequate gas supply on the main gas pipeline supplying many of the power stations.

“This was on account of gas supply shortage due to inability to evacuate condensates and oil produced with the gas because the main oil export pipeline out of Forcados was vandalized two weeks ago.

“However, with the successful repair work on the damaged facility, the system is now ramping up as it attains 4,387 megawatts peak generation as at Friday, March 4, 2016,” he said.

The acting Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Anthony Akah, has subsequently appealed to members of the public to cooperate with electricity industry operators and security agencies to stem the recent incident of vandalism on electricity installation.

He also warned the electricity distribution companies that the momentary downturn in supply should not be used to exploit unmetered electricity customers on estimated billing saying, “Customer bills for unmetered customers should be as accurate as possible and reflect their actual consumption. It shall in no circumstance be arbitrarily inflated.”

According to him, “The reduction in power supply when it lasted affects both metered and unmetered customers. For metered customers the drop in their consumption will be captured by their meter. For unmetered customers it is imperative that estimated bills during this period are reflective of their actual consumption.”

He further directed electricity distribution companies that unmetered and estimated customers have the right and option to pay current estimated electricity billing based on their last undisputed bill where there are concerns with the current estimated electricity bills.

He said that electricity distribution companies should ensure diligence and professionalism in the estimation of unmetered customers based on the provisions of the Billing Estimation Methodology Regulations, 2012.

He hinted that the Commission has deployed monitoring teams to report any act of negligence and extortion.

Second Edition Of Bayelsa Economic Forum Begins In Yenagoa

BSIEF-BayelsaThe second edition of the Bayelsa State Investment and Economic Forum (BSIEF) has kicked-off in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The State Commissioner of Trade, Investment and Industry, Mr Kemela Okara, told reporters on Wednesday that he essence of the Economic Forum was to bring the world to Bayelsa State and vice-versa.

Mr Okara said that this year’s edition of the summit was intended to consolidate on the achievements made from the forum during the first edition that was held in July last year.

The Commissioner, who assured participates at the forum of a safe environment in the state, advised them to take advantage of the preparedness of the present administration to unveil the projects of the government, and enter into fruitful partnership with all interested participants.

The BSIEF is a platform through which government of Bayelsa State seeks to collaborate with the private sector to build a system where private enterprise will thrive.

According to the BSIEF’s website, this year’s forum will showcase to the world, Bayelsa State’s industrialisation plan and the consequent investment opportunities existing in the state.

The platform is also organised to unveil the proposed Eco-Industrial Park and the investment opportunities that are existent in its development, foster discussions and dialogue between projects developers, investors and financiers and the state government, encourage and facilitate investments in oil and gas and power generation among others.

Power Sector: FG To Train Over 7000 Youths Through Apprenticeship Scheme

Power_linesThe Federal government of Nigeria has launched the National Power Apprenticeship Scheme (NAPAS) which is projected at training 7,400 youths in the power sector to tackle the problem of human capital being faced by the power generation distribution and transmission companies in the Nigerian power sector.

According to President Goodluck Jonahtan, it is another step towards the effort of the administration to improve the employment of Nigerian youths.

The Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebu however spoke disparagingly about the lack of adequate human capital and capacity in the power sector which has become more acute following the reforms.

He wondered why for over 23 years this step has not been taken in Nigeria, noting that negligence had caused a decay in the system.

The training will concentrate on areas such as electrical fidders, cable jointers, climbers and substation operators and the trainees which are from all state of the federation are drawn from school certificates, OND , HND, and degree holders

Goodwill messages came from the National Assembly,the development partners,the Federal Capital Territory Minister and the State Governors

The beneficiaries already taken in for training knows in few months to come they would be among the ones Nigerians would look up to for steady power supply.

Power Generation: Minister Of State Inspects Substation In Borno State

Power - WakiliBorno State may have been the centre of the ongoing terror fight, but that is not stopping the Federal Government from carrying on its plan to light up the state.

This indication was given by the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Mohammed Wakili, during the inspection of a new 330/132 KVA substation in Maiduguri, the state capital which was still under construction.

The Minister gave the assurance that the project would be completed by June 2014.

“I think when this substation comes to a reality, some of the epileptic (power supply) we have in Maiduguri will be a thing of past.

“As you can see, the work is almost about 80%. It is slow because of the security challenges that we have there but even despite that I’m impressed, the contractors are doing their best even though at a slow pace”, he said.

He, however, still encouraged the contractor handling the project to “speed up” as the ministry intends to meet its target of completing the project by June 2014. He noted that this was important because the President had been very desirous to make sure that power is reformed, being one of the promises he made to Nigerians.

 

 

Nigerians Can Now Sue Power Sector Investors – Lawyer

A legal Practitioner, Emmanuel Umoren, on Friday warned the new private investors and owners of Nigeria’s power sector of breaching their contract with the people, insisting that consumers now have the power to sue them to court.

“Every transaction is a contract and if there’s any breach whatsoever they can be sued,” he said.

Mr Umoren who was a guest on Sunrise Daily, commended the government’s decision to privatise the power sector, making it a business which is liable to be sued if consumers discover a breach in the contract.

“It is business now. It’s no more government money. Let these DISCOs know that (now) we can take them to court. That’s a very important part. We can now take them to court because they are business men,” he said.

He highlighted some circumstances in which consumers can sue the power companies, including power surge (which leads to damages). On cases of in availability of electricity, Umoren said “it is going to be very difficult to sue them for not providing you light,” but added that the position may change as time goes on and with the intellectual improvement in the judiciary system.

On complains of power shortage in some areas, Umoren said “my major problem is that we do not think these things through because you are creating monopolies in areas.” He explained that the issue of metering lies with the distribution companies (DISCOs) and added that efforts are being made by investors to check cases of power theft by citizens as such usages are unaccounted for.

He however complained about the unavailability of options for end users leading to monopoly which does not benefit Nigerians. He said there should be options in case consumers are not satisfied with the services of a certain distribution company and added that consumers should be able to switch to any DISCO of choice as such is obtainable in other climes.

On the increase in service charge(s) raised twice within the last year, Umoren questioned the activities of the new investors. “How did we arrive at the first price, if you did not do a thorough analysis of doing the business?” he asked.

On nationwide complains regarding fixed service charge of N750 which may be increased as well as payment of meter maintenance without getting the required maintenance services, Umoren warned the private investors that they are liable to court charges by citizens.

He also faulted the dominance of political cases at the Supreme Court which does not allow for the prominence of other issues, including business, which affect the citizens.

“The decisions that come from the Supreme Court and Appeal Court(s) are mostly political issues because they (politicians) have the money,” Umoren said.

Government Doing ‘Pretty Good’ In Power Sector – Mukan

An Energy Expert, Joshua Mukan, on Tuesday gave President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration a thumbs-up for its efforts towards delivering stable power supply for the citizens.

While giving his assessment of the energy sector on Sunrise Daily, Mukan said: “I think the government is doing pretty good within the time frame they came into power.” In his opinion, the investments and expenditures made toward the sector within the past three years show that “this government has really tried to take (away) the problems of our power sector, uprooting it from the bottom.”

For Nigerians to have access to constant electricity supply, all three energy sub-sectors – power generation, power transmission and power distribution – will have to function efficiently.

“No matter how efficient the power generation sub-sector does, if it is not transmitted very well, or distributed very well, the customer is dissatisfied.”

Mr Mukan, who commented on the efforts of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) despite the dilapidated state of the existing infrastructure prior to the commencement of the power sector reform, stated that the “PHCN did its own best” which failed to yield desired results.

Following the official handover of the power sector to private investors, Mukan warned that it may take time before the impact would be felt by end-users. “The amount of investments that have come in right now, for the power industry, believe me, my understanding is that it may take a little bit of time to materialise.”

He said the government had invested heavily in thermal plants which should not take much time to come on-stream compared to the hydro-electric power plants. He added that it may take a maximum of one year for thermal plants to begin operation.

He stressed the need for the government to invest in other power options, particularly gas.

“Nigeria is now to be one of the biggest world petroleum producing countries and one would imagine that gas should not be a problem in this country. But unfortunately, one of the greatest problems we have to our thermal plants is the availability of gas,” he said.

He highlighted ‘lines of failures’ between gas production and distribution to the thermal plants including vandalism or explosion at a rig.