Siemens to help ugrade 105 substations in Nigeria
The Nigerian government, its German counterpart, and Siemens AG have agreed upon a deal involving the upgrading of 105 power substations,the construction of 70 new ones, and the manufacture of 35 new power transformers.
The deal comes as part of the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), deal which has already come into effect. Minister of Power, Mr. Saleh Mamman, noted that the deal represents one of the largest and most transparent power sector investments in modern day Nigeria, with the government commiting to an initial $22 million investment.
Throughout the course of the PPI, 3,765 distribution transformers will be installed and 5,109 km distribution lines will be built with a potential generation capacity of over 13,000 mw, as opposed to the current transmission of 4,500mw.
The minister explained that in the Phase one, 7gw is expected to be achieved between now and 2021, with the upgrading of transmission and distribution of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Distribution Companies (Discos) expected to contribute an additional 2gw.
For phase two, 11gw will be achieved between 2021-2023, with full use of existing generation and last mile distribution capacity.
According to Mamman, the phase three would see the achievement of 25gw between 2023-2025 with appropriate upgrades and expansion in generation, transmission and distribution.
The deal also involves Siemens’ support for the regulator, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), towards improving metering in the electricity industry in the country.
While Siemens will singlehandedly pick the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) partners for the sake of transparency, according to the federal government, all items to be purchased would be provided by the Discos and TCN and would be vetted by a professional Project Management Office.
Source: This Day
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