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  • Proactive approach needed for lightning safety Published Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:31:09 +0000
    “A proactive and systematic approach to lightning safety is essential to mitigate the risks to people, communities and animals posed by lightning. Data reportedly indicates that there are up to 100 lightning related fatalities each year in South Africa, with a reported probable injury rate of many times that.” Ian McKechnie, director of specialist consulting […]
  • US$350 million power financing agreement Published Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:26:37 +0000
    Earlier in 2014 efforts to increase access to power infrastructure in Africa were bolstered by a US$350 million financing agreement between industrial and finance groups GE and Standard Bank. The partnership seeks to provide affordable access to power infrastructure that augments traditional large-scale grid capacity development. The partnership will target 10 initial countries, consisting of […]
  • Don’t buy LV switchgear on price alone Published Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:21:58 +0000
    Buying low voltage switchgear on price alone puts companies at risk of sub-standard products that could jeopardise plant performance and uptime. The Zest WEG group says that its low voltage switchgear is being recognised as a viable alternative, offering price competitive SABS-approved products to the South African industrial and domestic markets with 24/7 technical backup […]
  • Alastair Campbell, Managing Director, Vantage GreenX Fund Published Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:23:44 +0000
    Alastair Campbell’s top 3 predictions for the power sector in 2014: There will be a consolidation within renewable energy sector, with the shorter term speculators making way for more of the longer term investors The spill over effect of the energy crisis in South Africa will force neighbouring countries to expedite the roll out of […]
  • Plan to improve Ughelli’s output in Nigeria Published Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:15:37 +0000
    Transcorp Ughelli Power Ltd (TUPL), which is the, the power subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), and General Electric (GE), earlier in 2014 signed an agreement to expand the capacity of TUPL’s Ughelli power plant by1,000 MW over the next three to five years. Both parties signed a separate agreement to rehabilitate the damaged […]
  • Kusile project WFGD Published Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:10:41 +0000
    Wade Walker was awarded a contract by Alstom for work packages on the Kusile wet flue gas desulphurisation (WFGD) project. Alstom is responsible for the entire WFGD installation on Kusile while Wade Walker is responsible for three packages related to the WFGD, for Eskom’s most technologically advanced coal-fired power plant. The Kusile power station will […]

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Why Nigeria?

Nigeria has launched its Vision 20:2020 which aims to improve both economic development and human well-being.

Within this plan is the proposed investment of over US$80 billion in the power sector covering major areas such as power generation, transmission, distribution and alternative energy.

Currently only about 40% of Nigeria's total population has access to electricity.

The main goal is to generate, transmit and distribute 35,000MW of electricity by 2020.

Other main objectives include:

  • To achieve 16,000MW generation by 2013
  • To increase electricity access to 50% from the current figure of 40%
  • To achieve a generation mix encompassing the following:
    - Gas
    - Coal
    - Nuclear
    - Hydro
    - Wind
    - Solar
    - Biomass
  • To achieve a 25% contribution of hydro electricity to the nation's electricity generation mix by 2014
  • To achieve a 10MW contribution from wind energy
  • To achieve a 10MW contribution from solar energy

Nigeria's electricity generation vs demand
Source: www.hedon.info

Nigeria has 5900MW of installed capacity, however, the country is only able to generate 1600MW because most facilities have been poorly maintained.

Nigeria's power sector has high energy losses (30-35% from generation to billing), a low collection rate (75-80%) and low access to electricity by the population (36%).

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The country has proven gas reserves and around 8000MW of hydro development has been planned.

Nigeria has plans to increase access to electricity throughout the country. This would call for 16 new power plants, approximately 15000km of transmission lines, as well as distribution facilities.

Nigeria currently spends US$13 billion a year to fuel generators.

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