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FG Reveals Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project Ready, to Become Functional Q1 2023

The federal government has revealed that the newly constructed $1.2 billion Zungeru Hydro Electric Power project located in Niger state will become operational in the first (Q1) 2023 after its inauguration.

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The federal government has revealed that the newly constructed $1.2 billion Zungeru Hydro Electric Power project located in Niger state will become operational in the first (Q1) 2023 after its inauguration.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, who inspected the extent of work done so far on the power plant.

According to the minister, each of the three turbines has already been installed and will be expected to generate 175 megawatts of electricity. He also noted that when the power plant becomes functional, it will generate 700 megawatts of electricity.

Commenting on the work done so far, the minister expressed satisfaction, stating that the contractors and workers have so far exhibited commitment. However, he stated that the project ought to have been functional already as the challenges of Covid-19 and insecurity hindered its early completion.

He further disclosed that the Zungeru Power Project is part of the federal government’s plans to improve electricity supply across Nigeria and to fulfill President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to vision 30:30:30.

Also commenting on the project is Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane who accompanied the minister for inspection, said the state government has demonstrated “a high level of commitment to the implementation of the project because apart from electricity generation, it has abundant agricultural potential for the host communities to harness”.

Investors King understands that when the plant becomes functional, it will provide a huge respite both to the epileptic power sector and the struggling economy of the country.

Also, it is expected to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities to more than 2,000 people. 

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Nigerian Power Consumers Hit by Massive Overbilling, N105bn Raked by Discos

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Nigerian power consumers are reeling from the impact of massive overbilling, with power distribution companies (Discos) collectively raking in N105 billion in nine months.

An analysis of the latest monthly data from January to September 2023 revealed that approximately 7.1 million unmetered electricity consumers across the nation fell victim to inflated bills.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the federal agency overseeing the power sector, disclosed that the overbilling stemmed from the failure of Discos to adhere to the prescribed monthly energy caps for unmetered customers.

The overbilling issue has raised serious concerns about the financial burden on consumers and the credibility of the power distribution system.

A breakdown of the figures showed that various Discos were involved in overbilling activities, with significant discrepancies noted in the amounts charged against the estimated energy consumption.

For instance, Abuja Disco overbilled approximately 1.8 million customers by N17.9 billion, while Ikeja Disco charged 934,438 customers an excess of N20.9 billion during the review period.

The overbilling trend has prompted a swift response from NERC, which has vowed to take punitive measures against non-compliant Discos.

As part of its regulatory intervention, NERC announced plans to deduct N10.5 billion from the annual allowed revenues of the 11 Discos during the next tariff review.

Consumers, already grappling with the economic challenges, have expressed outrage over the overbilling saga.

Many have voiced concerns about the impact of excessive bills on their household budgets, calling for urgent measures to address the issue and restore transparency and fairness to electricity billing practices.

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Nigeria’s Energy Sector Set for Growth as Akpo West Field Adds 14,000 Barrels per Day

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Nigeria’s energy landscape is poised for significant expansion with the imminent commencement of production at the Akpo West field, a development expected to bolster the nation’s condensate output by 14,000 barrels per day (bpd).

The Akpo West field, owned by TotalEnergies and its partners, represents a pivotal advancement in Nigeria’s energy sector, promising to enhance the country’s position in the global oil market.

TotalEnergies, in collaboration with its partners, has unveiled plans for the Akpo West field, located on Petroleum Mining Lease (PML) 2, situated 135 kilometers off the Nigerian coast.

The field is strategically positioned to leverage existing infrastructure, minimizing costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Initial estimates indicate that the project’s carbon intensity will be below 5 kg CO2e/barrel of oil equivalent, contributing to TotalEnergies’ efforts to mitigate environmental impact.

The Akpo West development is anticipated to commence by mid-2024, marking a significant milestone in Nigeria’s energy sector.

With the addition of 14,000 bpd of condensate production, Nigeria’s total condensate output is poised to witness a notable surge.

Condensate, a highly sought-after light crude oil, commands premium prices in the global market, enhancing Nigeria’s revenue potential and economic resilience.

Furthermore, the Akpo West project underscores TotalEnergies’ commitment to sustainable energy development and innovation.

By harnessing existing infrastructure and optimizing operational efficiency, the project aims to maximize production while minimizing environmental footprint.

The launch of the Akpo West field represents a transformative moment for Nigeria’s energy sector, promising growth, innovation, and enhanced global competitiveness in the realm of oil and gas production.

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Dangote Petroleum Refinery to Fuel 150,000 IPMAN Outlets Nationwide Following Successful Meeting

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The Dangote Petroleum Refinery is poised to supply fuel to approximately 150,000 retail outlets affiliated with the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).

The decision follows a successful meeting between the refinery’s management and top executives from IPMAN that agreed to bolster the nation’s energy supply chain.

Key industry players, including major oil marketers such as 11 Plc, Conoil Plc, Ardova Plc, MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, OVH Energy Marketing Limited, Total Nigeria Plc, and NNPC Retail, have already enrolled for product distribution from the state-of-the-art Dangote facility, which commenced the production of diesel and aviation fuel on January 12, 2024.

While regulatory assessments are underway before the final nod for fuel dispensing, IPMAN’s president expressed optimism about the positive impact this collaboration would have on the country.

“The meeting went well, so right now we are just expecting their reply in terms of the products that they are going to give us. They have agreed to dispense products to IPMAN members,” commented IPMAN’s president, reassuring that the Dangote Refinery, one of the largest in the world, is well-equipped to meet the nation’s consumption needs.

With the refinery’s promise to address fuel scarcity and bring products to market, IPMAN anticipates a transformative impact on Nigeria’s fuel distribution landscape, providing a potential solution to prevailing challenges in the sector.

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