XCMG Construction Machinery Co. Ltd (ooo425.SZ), global top three construction machinery manufacturer, has deployed a team of 81 engineers and technicians to work on the construction of the world’s largest oil refinery project, the Dangote Refinery, located at Lekki Free Zone in Lagos, Nigeria.
The team is providing end-to end, round-the-clock service to facilitate more than 2,500 units of construction machinery equipment.
Built with an investment of nearly $35.38 billion (29 billion Euro), the Dangote Refinery project covers an area of 250,000 hectares, and the phase I and II of the project is expected to be completed by 2022. Once in full operation, the refinery will produce gasoline and other petrochemical products such as polyethylene and polypropylene.
Nigeria, the largest oil-producing country in Africa, currently has four operating oil refineries. However, due to equipment aging and poor maintenance, the plants are in a state of partial shutdowns with a combined daily output of less than 445,000 barrels, while the average daily consumption is approximately 40 million liters, 7 million liters lesser than of which are produced locally.
“The refined oil output of the Dangote Refinery will be able to fulfill the gasoline demand in Nigeria sufficiently, even meeting West Africa’s demand for refined oil, freeing Nigeria from its dependence on oil imports. XCMG is proud to participate in this mega refinery project,” said Jiansen Liu, Vice President of XCMG and General Manager of XCMG Import and Export Company.
Led by Liu Jiansen, the team submitted a complete construction technology solution with more than 500 units of equipment from 13 categories within one month for the construction contract bidding.
Subsequently, XCMG won a massive order of 504 equipment from 37 models, the largest export order to Africa across the Chinese construction machinery industry, including 27 concrete mixer trucks, two pump trucks and five mixing plants. Throughout the construction period, the XCMG project team provided after-sales engineer support at the site to monitor the construction conditions.
The team managed several other challenges including the road conditions which required levelling with road rollers and graders, and excavators to dig waterways for drainage every few days. Liu and the team also took on tasks such as 30-ton hoisting, HB41A pump truck debugging and sand pumping from the Gulf of Guinea to fill up the marsh – a task completed by XCMG excavators and dump trucks, also aiding in anti-flood rescues.
To facilitate the maintenance of XCMG equipment, the end-to-end service team set up a 5,000-square-meter equipment maintenance workshop on site to provide support, mechanical debugging and maintenance services. The comprehensive after-sales service prompted Dangote Group to sign an additional order of 183 crawler cranes, 201 concrete equipment and 40 hydraulic vibratory hammers with XCMG.
To date, the Dangote Refinery Project has purchased XCMG machinery equipment totaling $400 million and spare parts worth $35 million.
Pipeline Vandalism Causes 504MW Alaoji GenCo to Shut Down
The reduced gas supply to the 504 megawatts (MW) Alaoji NIPP power plant in Aba, Abia State has caused the plant to shut down.
The low gas supply, according to the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), was caused by pipeline vandalism of gas lines belonging to the TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited.
The gas company on Monday declared a Force Majeure event after its pipelines were vandalised on January 7, 2022.
In a letter to the NDPHC, TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited wrote, “The Management of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited hereby regrets to announce the shutdown of 504MW Alaoji Power Plant on January 7, 2022.
“NOPL pipeline was vandalised on 7th January 2022 at KP41 Alaoma Etche Cluster.
“The Line Block Valve at KP38 was closed to isolate the sabotage point and depressurization of the line, this will affect gas supply to Alaoji (Power Plant) until further notice.”
“Gas supply to Alaoji Power Plant”, TotalEnergies said, has been “suspended due to this unfortunate event”.
“Preliminary investigation to determine the extent of the damage is ongoing, and repair works shall commence as soon as feasible,” the company added.
TDB Closes Renewable Energy Deal Sourced With Support from Asoko’s Digital Engagement Platform
The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has closed a $4.2 million deal with Sunspot Energy Kenya Limited, a solar home system provider operating as Spark Possibilities. Sourced through TDB’s Renewables DealRoom hosted by Asoko Insight, the deal marks a milestone for the bank’s use of digital platforms to scale its financing of renewable energy projects, including off-grid and mini-grid projects and generation for industrial and commercial enterprises pursuing the electrification of nearby communities.
Since its launch in March 2021, the DealRoom has enabled TDB to build an actionable pipeline of bankable private sector projects in the renewable energy space, accelerating its deal origination. During these nine months, dozens of projects have been submitted to the DealRoom and passed toTDB.
Admassu Tadesse, TDB President Emeritus and Group Managing Director, said “TDB is pleased to be working with Asoko to expand its pipeline of renewable energy projects through its dedicated DealRoom. We hope that more businesses, and in particular SMEs, in our region will be inspired by this transaction with Spark Possibilities – the first to be sourced via the platform – and apply so that together we can contribute to reducing the energy access gap where it is needed the most“.
The financing to Sunspot will enable Spark Possibilities to offer an expanded range of solar energy solutions to more households in Kenya and to enter other markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Congratulations to TDB and Sunspot Energy for closing this milestone deal. Momentum is building on our Digital Engagement Platform, with this deal following close on the heels of a debt deal closed by AfricInvest via the platform earlier this month. We remain committed to supporting more efficient deal-making and greater access to opportunity through our digital engagement services,” said Rob Withagen, Asoko Insight’s co-founder and CEO.
The DealRoom continues to be an active route for deal origination for TDB’s infrastructure financing
South Korea to Contribute $12.3 Million Towards the Construction of Solar Mini-Grid in Nigeria
The South Korean Government announced that it will contribute $12.4 Million towards the construction of solar mini-grids in Nigeria.
The Ambassador of South Korea to Nigeria, Mr. Kim Young-Chae disclosed this on Monday the 6th in Abuja at the Stand-alone mini-grid project presentation ceremony organized by the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT), in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Energy, ILJIN Electrical, S/D Powernics and Korea Polytechnic.
The Ambassador’s full statement was “The project to be implemented by KIAT was designed to meet rising energy demands of rural communities, by constructing solar power generation systems, in cooperation with the Nigerian Government. It involves the construction of mini-grids in non-electrified rural communities near Abuja, to ensure a stable supply of power, installation of transmission and distribution lines, supply of electric equipment and systems and training for the operation and maintenance of mini-grids The project began as a framework agreement signed by South Korea and Nigeria, and laid the foundation for technological support and related policies.
Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta also present at the event, made the following comments “For this demonstration, it is good it is in the Federal Capital Territory, but it will be better to extend it to other areas so that you will get wider buy-in. I will suggest we go to areas like Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Akwa Ibom and Kano which have a high population density.”
Project Manager, Mr Kim Dohyoung said the project will begin with project designing in April 2022 and extend until December 2024 and it will be delivered in partnership with the necessary government agencies and local businesses. He stressed that the project will boost standard solutions in the power sector, provide environmentally friendly and sustainable energy development, and help to eradicate poverty in the country.
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