Nigeria to Commission Siemens Power Transformers

April 12, 2024
Siemens Power Transformer

By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government is set to commission some of the 10 planned power transformers in the first phase of the collaborative Siemens Power Project under the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) amid continued efforts to improve Nigeria’s power structure.

Originating from discussions held in 2018 between former President Muhammadu Buhari and German Chancellor, Ms Angela Merkel, the PPI strives to help the power industry attain financial independence through promoting investments in critical infrastructure.

By addressing transmission and distribution limitations, the initial phase of the program plans to boost capacity to 7GW.

Despite significant delays, the project aims to enhance operational grid capacity by another 4GW to achieve a total of 11GW in the second phase. The ultimate goal is to increase end-to-end grid operational capacity to 25GW in phase three.

According to the Minister of Power, Mr Adebayo Adelabu, three out of 10 mobile substations had been successfully installed.

The Minister highlighted that an additional seven mobile substations are set to be installed, emphasizing that the next step of the PPI will focus on enhancing the capacity of the transmission network.

“It will involve upgrading existing transmission substations, upgrading transformers and the re-conductoring and installation of transmission lines,” he said.

He mentioned that the Zungeru power plant has successfully linked to the national grid and is currently undergoing a technical handover from consultants to a concessionaire during a one-year defect liability period. This process aims to swiftly address any potential issues that may arise.

Upon completion of the metering gap, Mr Adelabu emphasized that the primary goal of the Presidential Metering Initiative (PMI) is to annually deploy a range of 2 million to 2.5 million meters over the next five years.

Mr Adelabu emphasized that the recent tariff adjustment will result in the federal government saving N1.5 trillion. Last week, the Nigerian government removed subsidies for about 15 per cent of Nigerian electricity consumers as part of efforts to save costs and boost investment in the sector.

However, it was clarified that the government continues to provide subsidies to customers from Band A to E who get less than 20 hours of electricity.

“Pricing change will help improve liquidity to the NESI. Distribution Companies (Discos) will be sanctioned for supplying less than 20 hours to Band A consumers,” he said.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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