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Ikeja Electric Notifies Lagos Customers On 8-Week Power Outage

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Ikeja Electric, one of Nigeria’s privately run power distribution companies said it will carry out an upgrade on one of its feeders, which will lead to electricity outages in some parts of Lagos and environ from October 11, 2021.

This mean, customers under the coverage within the areas being supply by the 132KVA conductors from Ogba to Ikeja may have to endure power outage for the next eight weeks.

The power outage, according to the DisCo will run from 8 am to 6 pm daily, begins on October 11.

The Chief Technical Officer, Ikeja Electric (IE), Jide Kumapayi, who made this known in Lagos, said the company will use the period of a power outage to carry out the upgrade to the 132KVA conductors from Ogba to Ikeja.

He listed areas to be affected to include Oregun axis; Police Training College axis; Anifowoshe; Ojodu; Oba Akran; Magodo; Omole Phase 1 and Oke-Ira, among others.

Many residents of those areas are already coping with a lack of adequate electricity supply as the company consistently embarks on load shedding due to what it terms weak infrastructure.

In many parts of the same area, IE has effected tariff hike under the pretense that it has achieved 18 to 20 hours of power supply, but in most cases, the power supply is on the average of 8-10 hours in such areas.

He noted that the outage became necessary because some of the 132Kv lines installed over 50 years ago had become obsolete and degraded due to time and usage.

“The TCN is currently embarking on the upgrade of the 132KV lines from Ikeja West to Ota and Alimosho in stages. This is the second stage.

“We will replace all the aluminum conductors with gap conductors which are more sophisticated to withstand heat and has more capacity to carry current.

“The implication of this is that from 8 am to 6 pm every day, the substations controlling these areas will be switched off which will affect the feeders connected to them,” Kumapayi said.

Also, Maximum Demand (MD) customers such as Ikeja City Mall, Police College, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the Ikeja High Court will be affected by the project

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Nigeria and Germany Ink $500 Million Agreements for Renewable Energy and Gas Exports

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Nigerian and German companies have sealed two pivotal agreements in Berlin, valued at $500 million.

The accords, announced by Presidential spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale, include a renewable energy pact and a gas export deal, marking a significant milestone in bilateral cooperation.

The first agreement formalized a Memorandum of Understanding on renewable energy between the Union Bank of Nigeria and Germany’s DWS Group.

This strategic partnership seeks to attract $500 million in investments dedicated to renewable energy projects, with a primary focus on rural communities across Nigeria.

The second Memorandum of Understanding solidified a gas export partnership between Riverside LNG of Nigeria and Germany’s Johannes Schuetze Energy Import AG. Under this deal, Nigeria commits to supplying 850,000 tons of natural gas annually to Germany, with projections indicating an increase to 1.2 million tons.

The initial shipments are scheduled for 2026, addressing both nations’ commitment to environmentally conscious practices and sustainable energy solutions.

This gas export agreement is particularly significant as it contributes to processing approximately 50 million cubic feet per day of natural gas that would otherwise be flared, aligning with Nigeria’s goal to harness its abundant gas resources for sustainable energy projects.

President Bola Tinubu, attending the G20 Compact with Africa conference in Berlin, expressed his approval of the agreements, emphasizing Nigeria’s commitment to reforms. Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany also announced a 4 billion euro investment in green energy projects in Africa by 2030, aligning with Germany’s transition to carbon neutrality.

Despite challenges such as oil theft, Nigeria, under President Tinubu’s leadership, has undertaken significant reforms to attract investors and revitalize its economy.

These agreements signify a step toward sustainable energy solutions, addressing environmental concerns and fostering economic growth in both nations.

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Sun Africa Commits $2.2 Billion to Transform Nigeria’s Power Sector

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Sun Africa LLC, a global entity dedicated to supporting Africa’s energy needs, has announced a commitment of approximately $2.2 billion for the development of Nigeria’s power sector.

The pledge follows a meeting between the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, and representatives from Sun Africa, led by Chairman Goran Rajsic.

In the initial phase, the project will concentrate on delivering 961 MWp of solar PV infrastructure and 455 MWh of battery energy storage, marking a transformative venture valued at $2.2 billion.

This strategic collaboration aims to address Nigeria’s growing demand for new power infrastructure, aligning with the nation’s economic needs and transitioning toward sustainability.

Adelabu emphasized Nigeria’s significant requirement for new power infrastructure to support economic growth and sustainability.

The commitment from Sun Africa and its partners signifies a crucial step toward achieving Nigeria’s electricity goals.

Goran Rajsic expressed gratitude to the project partners, highlighting the support in designing a comprehensive solution featuring cutting-edge solar PV and battery storage technologies.

Sun Africa’s collaboration with Sterling & Wilson Renewable Energy Limited as its EPC partner represents a milestone in advancing sustainable and reliable energy solutions for Nigeria.

This initiative aligns with the nation’s commitment to driving positive change through innovative renewable energy solutions.

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Niger Delta Power Holding Company Reveals N190bn Debt Owed by Government Entities

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The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), and the Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company owe a cumulative sum of N190 billion for electricity supply.

Chiedu Ugbo, the Managing Director and CEO of NDPHC, shared this information during a media briefing in Lagos.

Ugbo highlighted that the N190 billion debt has accumulated from 2015 to May 2023. While the exact amount owed by NBET wasn’t specified, Ugbo emphasized that the huge indebtedness to NDPHC runs into hundreds of billions, affecting the company’s operations and financial obligations.

He stated, “NDPHC is also not paid for availability but only as dispatched, thereby depriving NDPHC of hundreds of billions since 2015 when the Transitional Electricity Market was declared, and the government has so far been denied revenue as high as N3trn.”

Ugbo emphasized the challenging situation the debt has created, making it difficult for NDPHC to meet operational expenditures, pay gas suppliers, and maintain regular power generation.

To overcome these challenges, he called for urgent private capital mobilization and explored independent transmission projects, involving Gencos as investors.

Executive Director, Generation, Engr. Abdullahi Kassim, highlighted the ‘Light-up Nigeria Initiative,’ a program aimed at leveraging NDPHC’s generation assets to provide reliable power supply to eligible customers, distribution companies, and third-party project developers, ultimately achieving over 97% power distribution to the masses.

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