China to train Nigerian transformer engineers
Sixty Nigerian engineers have travelled to China where they will be trained in the manufacturing of transformers.
The team, who departed the West African nation on Tuesday will be in China for a four-month special training, said Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, spokesperson for the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).
The training was targeted at establishing a fully indigenous transformer plant to be operated and managed by Nigerians, with local content as priority, he added.
This will constitute a major leap toward establishing the government’s proposed Transformer Manufacturing plant and High Voltage Testing Laboratory in Nigeria.
Mr Ayeoyenikan expressed the Nigerian government’s gratitude to the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a major partner in the implementation of the project.
The engineers, on completion of their training, are to return to Nigeria to deploy different specializations acquired in China along the manufacturing line of a transformer plant and High-Voltage Testing Lab.
This will include the production of components and spare parts, bolts and nuts, machines and other equipment used globally to drive the power sector.
Currently, the production of transformers in the country is solely through the assembly of parts, as they lack local contents, the spokesperson said.