Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Monday 28th November 2022

Posted by News Room November 28, 2022

NASENI targets 50 megawatts of electricity contribution to Nigeria by 2023 

Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, made this known during the closing ceremony of a week-long skill acquisition training and youth empowerment for 100 youths on solar installation and maintenance in Awka, Anambra State at the weekend.

He said the agency already has achieved about 21 Megawatts per annum with installed capacity through its NASENI Solar Energy Limited (NSEL), a manufacturing plant located  in Karshi, Abuja, owned by the Agency. He said the plant is now implementing its plan to double that capacity to move its production capacity to 50 Megawatts to bridge the gaps of over 80 per cent imported substandard solar products which has flooded Nigerian markets.


NDPHC Blames Power Sector Under-performance on Improper Execution of BPE, World Bank Privatisation Template 

The Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), Mr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele, has attributed the persistent underperformance and crisis rocking the Nigerian power sector to the failure of the past administration to properly executive the sector privatisation programme in line with the template offered by the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and the World Bank.The NDPHC Executive Director stated this in Lagos, at the weekend, during an interview with journalists at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards and 60th Anniversary Dinner, where the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and him were honoured with distinguished awards.


NESI: Leveraging eligible customer policy to boost service delivery 

This provision recognises an end-user or group of end-users formally captured by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and whose consumption is not less than 2MWhr/h connected to a metered 11kV or 33kV delivery point on the distribution network.

t also applies to those whose consumption is in excess of 2MWhr/h on a monthly basis or whose minimum consumption is more than 2MWhr/h over a 28-day period (a month).

Embedded stipulations in the regulation include; seeking to provide standard rules to facilitate competition in electricity supply  promote  rapid expansion of generation capacity, as well as the opportunity for improvement in the quality of supply while  encouraging third party access to transmission and distribution infrastructure as a precursor to full retail competition in the Nigerian electricity market.


Azura Targets 3,500MW Power, Wins Best GenCo AwardThe Managing Director of Azura Power, Engr Edu Okeke, has said out of 25,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity capacity targeted by the federal government, Azura  in Edo State can generate 3,500MW, about 20 per cent of the target.

According to a statement from the company on Sunday, Engr Okeke stated this at the Power Correspondents Association of Nigeria (PCAN) retreat in Abuja at the weekend.

He said Azura, in its first phase, completed and operates a 461MW Generation Company (GenCo) and targets a 1,500MW facility in its next phase.


Ikeja Electric Bags Best Performing DisCo, Most Gender Diverse Utility Company In 2022 

One of the leading Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), has emerged the Best Electricity Distribution Company of the year and Most Gender Diverse Utility Company.

Organised to recognise outstanding individuals, organizations and laudable achievements in Nigeria power sector, the Board Chairman of the company and Executive Director of Sahara Group, Mr. Kola Adesina bagged the Power Sector Lifetime Achievement Award at the maiden edition of Nigeria Power Sector Awards.


Lagos eyes energy sufficiency in 20 years 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Africa-Nigeria Power Sector Programme and Lagos State Government have held a handover ceremony to mark the completion of the Lagos State Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

The Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Adetola Idowu, in a release said the IRP aims to improve sector planning and coordination on the state energy requirements and boost the energy security for Lagos in the next 20 years to meet its long-term electricity needs.


National grid still fragile, says TCN 

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) at the weekend confirmed that the national grid is still fragile and yet to attain the expected stability.

Its General Manager, System Planning, Engr. Kabiru Adamu, who attested to the strength of the system, described the national grid as a network of the entire power sector value chain  generation, distribution and distribution.

He spoke at the 2nd edition of the Power Correspondents Association of Nigeria (PCAN) workshop in Abuja.


Electricity Consumption Curbs Take Effect Across Ukraine 

Ukraine on Sunday introduced countrywide curbs on energy consumption as it continues to grapple with extensive damage to its infrastructure amid the war with Russia.

In all regions of Ukraine, there is a regime of restriction of electricity consumption, the country national energy operator Ukrenergo said in a statement, adding that as of 11.00 a.m. (0900GMT), the power deficit in the country energy system was at 20%.

Ukrenergo further noted that the schemes and schedules of the outages were planned and applied by the regional systems in place.


Jindal to Build 300MW Coal Plant in Botswana 

Jindal Steel & Power (JNSP), an Indian steel company, has been selected to build a 300MW coal-fired power plant in Botswana. The facility is the only fossil fuel-based power plant that Botswana plans to procure in the next 20 years. Botswana has an estimate of over 200 billion tonnes of coal resources.

Despite opposition to coal due to its environmental impact, the country is looking to monetise its coal resource to develop its economy. The Botswana Energy Ministry, In an official notice, said: The contract is for the design, finance, construction, ownership, operation, maintenance and decommissioning at the end of its economic life. This coal mine would supply the export market and the planned coal power plant.


Huawei Expands Solar Operations in Africa 

In an initiative to drive growth and expand the continent solar sector ecosystem, Huawei is set to train 1000 solar experts in Sub-Saharan Africa with a project themed the Thousand Digital Power Talents Programme. At the programme opening ceremony, the President of Huawei Southern Africa Digital Power Business, Xia Hesheng, said: African countries have more than 40 per cent of the world solar energy resources. It crucial to have the right talent to tap into that potential.


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