Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Tuesday 1st November 2022
Power Generation Rises by 17.53% to 4,728.2MW
Nigeria’s power generation rose by 17.53 percent or 705.5 Megawatts, MW to 4,728.2MW on Saturday, from the 4,022.7MW recorded last Sunday, latest data by the National System Operator, NSO, has revealed.
The rise in power generation came after about five weeks of stagnation following the collapse of the National Grid on September 26, 2022. Electricity output had hovered around the 4,000MW mark as generation companies and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, struggled to increase output.
An analysis of the data showed a steady increase in the past seven days rising to 4,238.3MW the next day, from 4,022.7MW on October 23, 2022. It rose further by 2.7 percent on October 25 but fell marginally by 0.06 percent on the 26th to 4,327MW.
The data showed that the steady generation continued in the next three days with 4,479.1MW, 4,647.9MW and 4,728.2MW recorded on October 27, 28 and 29, 2022 respectively.
Further checks showed that the lead generators that contributed to the improvement in grid supply were Shiroro Hydro, Jebba Hydro, Azura-Edo IPP, Egbin Power, Kainji Hydro, Delta Power and Odukpani National Integrated Power Project, NIPP.
No Free Meter Now – Ikeja Electric
Ikeja Electric has disclosed that electricity consumers should not expect to get free meter now except those provided by the federal government under the federal government Free Metering scheme.
The Disco made this disclosure during the Town Hall meeting organised by Ikeja Electric for its customers at Excellence hotel, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Speaking during the questions and answers section of the event, Mr Akinola Ayeni , Head Media/ External Relations, told the customers that consumers have to apply for prepaid meters and be ready to pay for them immediately they are are given a code for payment.
” Free meter scheme is a federal government programme. We don’t have free prepaid meter for now. If you want meter, you have to apply for it and pay. Those who registered for prepaid meters will be attended to first. You have to register first. It is first come, first serve.”
” Also you have to be ready to pay once you registered and you are given a code for payment. Those who have codes means meters have been assigned to them waiting for collection after payment. If you don’t pay immediately, you are denying others from getting the meter you have tied down.”
Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan Requires $1.9trn till 2060 – Osinbajo
Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan (ETP) would require funding of about 1.9 trillion U.S. dollars up to 2060.
Osinbajo represented by the Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, said this in Abuja while declaring open the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum(ESEF)2022.
”For the sake of emphasis, it is relevant to note that Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan (ETP) would require funding of about USD1.9 trillion up to 2060.
”USD410 billion of this amount is above usual spending and implies that we need to mobilise an additional USD10 billion per annum.
”The realisation of this goal depends on the implementation of our nation’s Energy Transition Plan (ETP) which was recently launched by this administration.
”Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan is a prime example of the needed evolution of policies to deliver both the growth in energy consumption necessary for development and the climate response required for the preservation of our planet.
”Our Energy Transition Plan seeks to tackle the dual crises of energy poverty and climate change, and deliver universal energy access (SDG7) by 2030 and net-zero by 2060.
FG, DBI to Improve Power Supply Nationwide, Train 459 Workers
In an effort to improve service delivery and power supply across the country, the Federal Government and the Digital Bridge Institute, DBI, have begun a special capacity-building training of no fewer than 459 workers from the Federal Ministry of Power, in Abuja.
The three-week training, which began yesterday at the DBI headquarters, in Abuja was sponsored by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, following the approval of a capacity-building training programme for the workers by the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu.
The DBI is a training institute established by the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, to train professionals, and all categories of workers in areas of ICT, Telecommunication, and other social services.
Speaking at the opening session of the special capacity building training, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Temitope Fadeshemi, said the ministry intends to undertake the training for staff in various areas to bridge identified gaps with a view to improving service delivery.
The Permanent Secretary, who was represented by the Director, of Human Resources, Ministry of Power, Mrs. Victoria Adeosun, said: “Constant training and re-training of staff in the civil service is vital for effective and efficient service delivery and optimal performance of staff towards higher productivity and achievement of the set goals of any organization. It is in recognition of this that the management of the Federal Ministry of Power placed a high priority on training as one of its top agenda.
Will Buhari Fulfill His Promise on Mambila Power Project?
With less than six months of Buhari’s administration, one wonders why a project as important as the Mambila hydro project which promises 50,000 skilled jobs, enormous economic spillovers and 3,050 megawatts of electricity has not seen the light of the day since 1972 when the project was conceived.
From the Obasanjo era till date, it’s either been one conspiracy or the other, lies and fairy tales as a result of bureaucracy and weak commitment to see this viable project through, like every other lopsided approach towards meaningful projects.
President Muhammadu Buhari, surprisingly has been the only siting president to have given the project some level of hope to succeed.
If there is one thing the APC-led government has achieved, it is tremendous infrastructural development. It has, with little financial resources at its disposal, executed more milestone projects than any other administration.
However, the millions of naira question still remains, if Buhari will fulfil his promise in the execution of the much needed Mambila Hydro Power Project before handing over or if the current crises would continue to linger? Studies have found that both short- and long-term gains of this viable project will not only eradicate poverty at the long-term but also address sociological problems and security challenges in the North East.
Mini-Grids Powering Energy Access in Africa
Governments and power generators continue to work to improve access to electricity on the African continent. Engie Energy Access, a subsidiary of French energy major Engie, recently signed a $60 million financing agreement with CrossBoundary Energy Access (CBEA), money that will be used to deploy solar-powered mini-grids in rural areas, primarily in Nigeria. InfraCo Africa, a London, UK–based financier, on Sept. 30 said it will commit $1.7 million to support off-grid energy developer Equatorial Power (EP), as EP brings mini-grids online in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
U.S.-based Husk Power, meanwhile, recently announced it is commissioning six new solar mini-grids, each with generation capacity of 50 kW, in Nigeria. The facilities will serve both residential and business locations in Nasarawa State, joining a dozen other similar Husk mini-grids already in service in the region. Husk officials said the company is on track to complete about 20 sites in Nigeria by the start of 2023.
The group earlier this year launched its Nigeria Sunshot initiative, with a goal to build at least 500 sites by 2026. The company said the mini-grids could benefit more than 2 million people and displace 25,000 diesel generators, which at present are used to provide power in many rural areas of Africa.
A variety of groups from different countries are investing in projects in Africa. InfraCo Africa is part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group, or PIDG. The agency is managed as a private company, with funding from government groups in the UK, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
Osona Village in Namibia Tackles Power Supply
Rapid population growth at Osona Village near Okahandja necessitated the upgrade of the power grid from 1MVA to 2MVA. The residential and commercial property area has over 8,000 residents and more than 1,600 housing units. The residential village is constructing 500 additional houses, which are expected to be completed within the next six months.
The inauguration for the power upgrade took place last week, where it was stated that the electricity improvement is also in anticipation of the development of more residential and commercial properties.
Representing Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower), chief operating officer Fritz Jacobs confirmed that the rapid growth of Osona Village dictated the power supply upgrade. He said, “We will keep an eye on how the demand is growing, and also for the village to manage its power supply in terms of their planning and their medium- and long-term plans.”
He added that NamPower has also implemented measures to ensure the electricity supply is reliable, including installing a voltage regulator to keep the output voltage as constant as possible. The Power Corporation emphasised its commitment to ensuring supply security to support the country’s socio-economic growth.