Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Tuesday April 25th 2023
How 3 New Feeders Will Boost Power Supply to Abuja – AEDC
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc has explained that the onstream of its three new 33KV feeders would improve electricity supply to its customers in Gwarinpa, Life Camp, Kubwa, and other parts of Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The utility explained that the completion of construction on the 33KV feeders and the installation of auto reclosers at the Dawaki 2x60MVA, 132/33KV Transmission Station, Abuja, will stabilise power supply to the areas.
A statement by AEDC Chief Marketing Office, Mr. Donald Etim in Abuja noted that the company would be Abuja evacuating the initial load from this facility starting on two feeders.
He added that the constructed 33KV feeders will de-load Gwarinpa and Life Camp 33KV feeders from AT2 Katampe, as well as Dawaki and Bwari 33KV feeders from AT4 Kubwa TS.
He quoted the company’s Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi (FNSE) as saying:
‘‘We are thrilled to announce the successful commissioning of our new 33KV feeders, which is a proof of our commitment to meeting the growing electricity needs of our customers.
NERC: Nigerians Entitled to Compensation for Wrongful Electricity Disconnection
Nigerians who are wrongfully disconnected by electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) would henceforth be entitled to compensation through the issuance of energy credits, a new regulation signed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has indicated.
The new rule endorsed by the Chairman of the power sector regulator, Sanusi Garba, tagged: “Customer Protection Regulations,” further highlighted that the compensation will be calculated on the basis of the number of days that the premises is removed from the source of power.
According to NERC, the portion of the regulation will be implemented given that the customer has fully discharged his obligation by paying the Disco fully or has an arrangement to offset the debt in instalments.
In addition, NERC in the document signed on March 29, exempted premises that have life support facilities from being disconnected, where the Disco is aware of the presence of the machines.
“A distribution company shall not disconnect a customer’s supply of electricity for non-payment where the customer has paid the amount billed or where the customer has entered into a payment arrangement with the distribution company and payments are being made in accordance with that arrangement,” the NERC rule stated.
Soludo Secures MOU with EEDC for Constant Power Supply
The epileptic power supply in Nigeria forces manufacturers to budget for power among other worries.
Anambra State has so many resourceful people, but how can they set u pa business and at the same time provide themselves power.
To this end, Anambra State government, in an effort to ameliorate the sufferings and pains passed through by manufacturers has taken a very bold step to manage the situation in the state.
Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state secured a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), for constant power supply to Anambra State.
In a meeting with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States’ branch, Soludo expressed the belief that this act will boost industrial growth and the economy of the State.
The news brought smile to the faces of the members of MAN in Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States.
In a swift reaction, the chairman, Lady Ada Chukwuedozie, expressed satisfaction with the governor’s effort at ensuring constant power supply in the state for manufacturers.
Aba Power Ltd Decries N4.2b Unpaid Electricity Bills by Consumers
Less than six months, after it commenced electricity distribution in Aba, the commercial and industrial hub of Abia State, the Aba Power Ltd (APL), has announced it is owed N4.2 billion for electricity supplied residents.
APL is the distribution arm of Geometric Power Ltd, independent electricity generating company based at Aba, which establishment brought hope for reliable power supply to the town.
Chairman of the Company and former Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, announced the huge debt during a town-hall meeting between APL and Landlords Protection and Development Association (ALPADA).
He expressed worries that barely six months after it took over electricity distribution in Aba, his company is owed N4.2 billion by consumers.
He disclosed that his company invested in Aba to support manufacturing through provision of enduring electricity supply.
Geometric Begs Aba Electricity Consumers to Stop Power Theft
Former Minister of Power, Prof Barth Nnaji, has appealed to landlords in Aba, to assist the Aba Power Limited, deliver its promised responsibility to electric power users, by monitoring and ensuring that their households, tenants and neighborhood residents comply with laid down regulations while enjoying the facility.
He was worried that barely six months (September 2022 to February 2023) when the company took over electricity supply to Aba, consumers were owing a whopping N5.2 billion, a situation that was not good and had resulted into load shedding instead of increase in supply.
Prof. Barth Nnaji who is Chairman of Geometric Power, the parent company of Aba Power Limited (APL), spoke during a meeting between the APL management and Aba Landlords Protection and Development Association (ALPADA).
He said: “We came to partner with you on the issue of providing enduring electricity power supply to Aba.
Experts Offer Strategies to Give Nigerians Access to Electricity
As demand for electricity increases, experts in the energy sector have offered strategies to get more Nigerians to access power.
Speaking at The Electricity Hub (TEH) power dialogue in Abuja, ‘Electrification Planning’, the experts recalled a World Bank report that said 92 million Nigerians (43 per cent) lack access to grid energy, one of the most significant global power access deficits.
The session had Yewande Olatunde, technical sales manager of Jinko Solar as moderator; Barbara Izilein, senior advisor to chief executive officer of Rural Electrification Agency (REA); Head of Solar Power Naija Programme at REA, Kabiru Adamu; General Manager of System Planning at Transition Company of Nigeria (TCN), Ifeoluwa Oyedele; Executive Director of Networks at Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) as panellists.
Adamu said it is essential to acquire credible data to match the population demand and serve their demand.
Speaking on the level of demands to achieve energy access, he said planning for each resource and understanding the best ways to take advantage of each resource was necessary.
How to Close 8.1m Electricity Metering Gap –MOMAS
The Chairman of MOMAS Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), Mr. Kola Balogun, an indigenous and one of the pioneers of meter production in Nigeria has advocated the direct procurement of electricity meters by consumers in a bid to bridge the 8.1 million metering gap.
Mr. Kola Balogun stated this at the graduation ceremony of 10 youths on a five-week Printed Circuit Board (PCB) training course in Lagos at the weekend.
He said the Federal Government should license indigenous meter manufacturers to enable them sell meters directly to the consumers.
The MOMAS boss said local meter manufacturers must be adequately encouraged through Government policies that would encourage additional incentives to enable them invest more.
He added that the centralized procurement of meters through the respective Discos was not helping the industry to grow.
Balogun pointed out that most the enterprise that are sustainable in the country today which included the Banks, telecommunications industry are all licensed.
National Grid and Tennet Plan to Create Anglo-Dutch Electricity Link
Britain’s National Grid and the Netherlands’ transmission system operator TenneT have proposed a first-of-a-kind Anglo-Dutch electricity link that will connect offshore wind between the Netherlands and the UK.
Called LionLink, the power line will be built under the North Sea and will have the capacity to boost UK energy supplies with enough power for 1.8 million homes – more than the cities of Birmingham and Manchester combined.
National Grid Ventures president Ben Wilson stated: “Connecting wind farms to multiple markets simultaneously is a game changer for energy infrastructure and brings us one step closer to realising the enormous green energy potential of the North Sea.”
LionLink will connect wind farms to the electricity grids of the UK and the Netherlands via a subsea high-voltage cable known as a multipurpose or hybrid interconnector.
LionLink will support the process of decarbonisation and the energy independence and supply security of both countries and of Europe.
Through LionLink’s multipurpose interconnector, both TenneT and National Grid Ventures will be able to connect 2GW of offshore wind between the British and Dutch electricity systems.