July 14, 2024
PPI: FGN Power Company begins installation of mega power transformer in Abuja
NIGER: Households, businesses grappling with poor power supply --- Investigation
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By Eyo Nsima
FGN Power Company has started the installation of mega transformer under the Presidential Power Initiative, PPI, in Abuja.

The installation of the transformer, which started at Apo in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, would enhance power transmission in Abuja and environs.
A source close to the project, who confirmed the development, weekend, said on completion, the transformer would enhance power transmission in Abuja and environs.

The transformer and others, manufactured by Siemens Energy had arrived the Lagos Port a few months ago, under the PPI, which aims at increasing Nigeria’s supply to 7000MW, 11,000MW and 25,000MW in its phase one, two and three, being implemented by the FGN Power Company.
However, checks by The Daily, www.thedaily-ng.com, yesterday, indicated that efforts were being made by the company with the support of relevant government agencies to secure their release.
A top industry leader, who confirmed the development, said others would be installed at Ajah and Lagos in order to enhance distribution to consumers in the areas.

He said: “The 60MVA, 132/33 kV two (2) power transformers will be deployed at Ajah and Apo substations respectively. One power transformer will go to Ajah Subtation in Lagos. The second will go to Apo Substation in Abuja
“Ajah is to replace an old, suboptimal and at-end if life 60 MVA transformer, operating at less than 50 percent of its capacity. They will enhance distribution to consumers in the areas. Apo 60 MVA transformer will replace a 45 MVA, 132/33kV transformer to enhance distribution.
“The two (2) power transformers will unlock a total of 120MVA, which is equivalent to 96MW capacity of electricity for use in households and businesses in those areas.”

The Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu could not be reached yesterday, but he had engaged Siemens’ Executive Management to expedite actions on the manufacture of the power transformers and mobile substations to improve electricity access to Nigerians.

Consequently, the first two energy transformers were manufactured and will be delivered under a strategy for quick wins following the successful completion of the Factory Acceptance Tests, FAT.
The Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, had stated, “I am delighted that the Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) were successful. The transformers will contribute notably to resolving transmission/distribution interface issues in the power sector. Mr. President and the Federal Government of Nigeria remain committed to improving access to reliable electricity access to Nigerians. Also, I am confident that the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) will deliver on its objectives to deliver electricity to households and businesses across the country”.

“The FAT took place at Siemens Energy High-Voltage Transformer Lab in Trento, Italy with representatives from FGN Power Company as the client and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) as the user for the Power Transformers.
“The FAT aims at evaluating the equipment’s compliance with the functional requirements and verifies that the required functional specifications are in line with the International electro-technical Commission (IEC) standards.”

The Managing Director, FGN Power Company, Mr. Kenny Anuwe had also said: “The Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) was successful and the equipment will be delivered and subsequently commissioned in September. I am particularly delighted as this is the first of the major delivery of equipment under the PPI”.

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