WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16th, 2010
Power firms get two-week ultimatum to meter customers
The paper reported that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)
on Tuesday said power distribution companies had been given a two-week
ultimatum to provide meters for customers who had paid for them under the
Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation Scheme.
According to the Commission, the distribution companies that fail to meter the
eligible consumers within the timeframe will face severe sanctions. See details
on page 32 of the paper. Same story in Daily Trust – page 22.
FG begins training of 7,400 electricity technicians
A total of 7,400 craftsmen, linesmen and electricity artisans will be trained
under the National Power Sector Apprentice Scheme beginning from November
this year, the Federal Government has said.
The Director General, National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, Mr. Reuben
Okeke, said the scheme would be inaugurated on November 18 by President
Goodluck Jonathan and would ensure that the power sector had enough skilled
manpower, the paper stated. See details on page 32 of the paper. Same
story in Daily Trust – page 26
US, investors plan $20bn power plant in Katsina
United States government officials and a consortium of companies have arrived
in Katsina State for feasibility studies on a 1000MW gas plant to be financed
from the $20 billion Power-for-Africa grant from the US government.
The paper reported that six other African countries – Tanzania, Kenya,
Ethiopia, Ghana and Liberia are to benefit from the grant aimed at improving
power supply on the continent. See details on page 6 of the paper.
450MW Azura-Edo IPP to boost national power generation
Nigeria’s power sector generating capacity will receive a boost when
construction of the 450MW Azura-Edo Independent Power Project, IPP, in
Benin, the Edo State capital, is completed.
The paper stated that the 450MW project is the first phase of a 1,500MW power
facility with a short transmission line connecting the power plant to a local
Substation and a short underground gas pipeline connecting the power plant to
the country’s main gas-supply. See details on page 26 of the paper.
Investors seek $7.5bn offshore for power sector
The paper reported that Investors in Nigeria’s power sector are poised to
secure $7.5 billion from offshore banks to finance the sector in the next five
years after initial loans were gotten from Nigerian banks.
The $7.5 billion loan would be used to improve the national power grid by
expanding generation, transmission and distribution capacities. See details on
page 27 of the paper.
Nebo to address power-privatization challenges at WNEPC 2014
At a time when the Nigeria’s power sector is set to enter the much awaited
Transitional Electricity Market (TEM), the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu
Nebo, is set to join other industry stakeholders to address challenges facing the
industry at the 4th WorldStage National Electricity Power Conference (WNEPC)
on Thursday, October 23 in Lagos.
The Minister who will soon be advised by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory
Commission (NERC) to make the statutory declaration that the Nigeria’s
electricity market had entered TEM, will present a paper, ‘Federal Government
Commitment to Address Post-Privatisation Challenges’ at the annual
conference with the theme: Addressing the Challenges of Post-Privatisation.
See details on page 32 of the paper
NAPTIN certificates get NSE recognition
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has formally accorded status
recognition to certificates issued in Nigeria’s electricity sector by the National
Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN).
According to the paper, this was disclosed yesterday by the Director-General of
NAPTIN, Reuben Okeke, in Abuja when both organizations signed a pact on the
National Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP) of NAPTIN. See
details on page 47 of the paper.
Ghana power supply improves after blackouts cut water flow
Ghana’s Volta River Authority (VRA), the nation’s largest power producer, is
restoring electricity after blackouts crippled the capital’s two water processing
plants and led to a shortage of the liquid.
According to the paper, the deficit narrowed to 60MW on Monday from 440MW
on October 17, the VRA’s spokesman, Samuel Fletcher said by phone. See
details on page 31 of the paper.
Service Delivery: NERC wants consumers to bring Discos to book
The paper reported that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)
yesterday said it wanted Nigerian electricity consumers to help it clampdown
on recalcitrant distribution companies in the electricity market.
NERC said at the Abuja lap of its nationwide consultation on the Aggregate
Technical Commercial and Collection (ATC & C) loss studies conducted by the
distribution consumers to provide it with information and evidence of poor
electricity services delivered by the distribution companies to be able to bring
them to book. See details on page 52 of the paper.
Timothy Oyedeji
Deputy Director (Press)