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FG To Sign Formal PPAs Agreements On Solar Power

Power Supply; Niger Delta projects; IYC youths
Posted: Jul 12, 2016 at 9:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

To find alternative solutions to the power problem in the country, the Federal Government is set to sign formal agreements for ongoing initialing of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to provide solar power from no less than 12 companies which should add about 1000mw to the national grid after implementation, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has said.

The minister, who spoke at the seventh monthly meeting of operators in the electricity industry in the country, said other independent plants like the Azura power plant if completed, would also add 450mw to the national grid.

Nigeria is richly endowed with abundant free solar energy from some of its nature provided elements and has the capacity to generate over 600,000mw of electricity using solar energy, reports say.

A communiqué released at the end of the meeting in Benin, Edo State, also noted that consumers need to be protected from estimated billing, through Discos completing metering according to their plans.

The meeting which was hosted by the by Benin Electricity Distribution Company focused on identifying, discussing and finding practical solutions to issues facing the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry.

At the forum, Distribution Companies (Discos) across the country were urged to intensify efforts to complete Disco financed metering while winding down Credited Advance Payment for Metering Initiative (CAPMI) in which customers pay for meters. This, it said, is in a bid to reduce the burden of customers unnecessarily bearing the cost of installing meters.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) at the forum acknowledged current gas constraints to the power sector and assured of steps to improve gas supply to power. New supply additions from alternative sources as well as improving the readiness of power plants to receive gas which should improve power supply in the country, was also discussed at the meeting.

According to statistics by the NNPC, gas supply to power plants in Nigeria dropped from the 686mmscfd it recorded in April to 541mmscfd in May, following renewed blowing of gas installations in the Niger Delta region by militants.

The corporation said in its analysis on domestic gas supply to the power sector that the country’s average power generation also declined from 2,969mw to 2,466mw in the month of May

The meeting also acknowledged the efforts of the hosts, Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), in making improvements to their network, including connecting previously disconnected areas, additional 472km of lines strung as well as metering of more than 100,000 households.

Ongoing projects by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to support distribution in Benin Disco, including a substation in Akure which is 85 per cent complete, and the completion of a substation in Ughelli, currently being inspected by NEMSA, was also discussed.

TCN also announced the completion of projects in Ihovbor, Okada, Irrua and Oghara to enhance the transmission of power to Benin Disco.
TCN noted that following decisions arising from the last meeting in Kano, repairs to the Okpai-Onitsha line had been completed and that power had been restored to Maiduguri.
TCN has also commenced restoration of transformers to Rimin-Zakara in Kano State to be completed in 2017.
According to the communiqué the meeting ascribed the delay in the completion of the critical Calabar – Ikot-Ekpene transmission line and other projects in the South East to unresolved local community issues especially in Itu Local Government because of shrines which are being aggressively addressed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Community (NDPHC).
The meeting received reports from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on the performance of operators, which after authentication and verification would be released to the public.
Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (Ikeja DisCo) noted that it had conducted a review of its transformers and that it had rehabilitated and energised about 20 transformers that should result in improved service in its coverage area.
The meeting noted with regret an electrical accident in Lugbe area of the Federal Capital Territory which resulted in injuries and loss of lives and sympathised with the communities affected.
It called for a full investigation into the accident by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.
Operators in the power sector were fully represented at the highest executive management levels, including Managing Directors and CEOs of Generating Companies (Gencos), Distribution Companies (DisCos).
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) as well as various government agencies such as the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) responsible for the regulation and development of the electricity industry attended.