Power supply will increase by 2,000 MW – Official

The power supply will increase by 2,000 megawatts as the Federal Government of Nigeria Electricity Company and other stakeholders involved in the Presidential Electricity Initiative are currently awaiting the arrival of the first two power transformers which will be delivered by Siemens Energy.

A senior industry source, who preferred not to be named, said the punch Monday that the parties to the project, including the FGN Power Company, have committed to its delivery.

This, according to the source, would boost household and business supply, thereby improving the productivity of the national economy.

Energy Minister Abubakar Aliyu had urged Siemens senior management and company CEO Christian Bruch to accelerate action on mobile equipment manufacturing, given global component constraints and the war in Ukraine.

Aliyu and Finance Minister/Chairman of the Board, FGN Power Company, Zainab Ahmed, had also presented a memorandum to the Federal Executive Council requesting approval for the purchase of 10 power transformers and 10 mobile substations under the President’s Electricity Initiative which was recently approved.

Checks by the punch showed that the first two power transformers have been manufactured and will be delivered in September 2022 as part of a quick win strategy after successful completion of factory acceptance testing.

Aliyu expressed his joy over the project saying that the Factory Acceptance Tests had passed.

He said, “The transformers will especially help solve the transmission/distribution interface problems in the power sector. Mr. President and the Federal Government remain committed to improving access to reliable access to electricity for Nigerians.

“Furthermore, I am confident that the Presidential Power Initiative will achieve its goals of providing electricity to households and businesses across the country.”

The FAT took place at the Siemens Energy High-Voltage Transformer Lab in Trento, Italy, with representatives from FGN Power Company as the customer and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN as the user of the power transformers.

The purpose of the FAT is to assess the conformity of the equipment to the functional requirements and to verify that the required functional specifications comply with the standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission, IEC.

Siemens Energy, PPI Project Manager, Sean Manley, told The PUNCH that “Factory Acceptance Testing, FAT, of this vital equipment is an important milestone in the progress of the Presidential Power Initiative, PPI. We take great care and responsibility to ensure that our equipment meets the highest possible standards so that millions of people across Nigeria have better access to stable and reliable energy.”

Likewise, FGN Power Company Managing Director Kenny Anuwe confirmed that the FAT test has passed and the equipment will be delivered and commissioned in September.
“I am all the more delighted as this is the first major delivery of equipment under the PPI,” he said.

Alan A. Seibert