April 1, 2023



2022: Main points in energy sector

On this report, TOPE SUNDAY chronicles a number of the occasions that occurred within the energy sector in 2022.

The nation’s energy sector recorded some large strides in 2022, and regardless of the constructive document, there have been additionally seven nationwide grid collapses.

Seven grid collapses

Nigeria’s energy sector recorded seven nationwide grid collapses in 2022, and the final, which occurred on September 27, 2022, left some companies and houses in complete blackout. Additionally, on July 20, the nationwide energy grid collapsed making it the sixth time in 2022.

Recall that one other collapse occurred on June 13, and it additionally collapsed twice in March and April respectively.

Saying the July’s collapse, the Eko DisCos on its official Fb web page, mentioned the event occurred at 11.27 am, and disclosed that it was in talks with the Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN) to establish its causes.

“Expensive Clients, we remorse to tell you of a system collapse on the Nationwide grid at exactly 11:27am as we speak, Wednesday, July twentieth. We’re in talks with the Transmission Firm of Nigeria to establish the reason for the collapse and a potential restoration timeline. We’ll preserve you up to date on the scenario”, the assertion mentioned.

Vandals destroys 6 transmission towers, kill one in Rivers

In September, vandals destroyed six electrical energy transmission towers connecting Afam to Onne in Rivers State, leaving one of many vigilantes guarding the traces lifeless.

The Niger Delta Energy Holding Firm, NDPHC, Restricted, which made the announcement mentioned some miscreants attacked and vandalized the 330kV DC Afam – Onne Transmission Line in Gbake group of Ogoniland, River State.

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In accordance with the corporate, the vandals minimize down 4 Transmission Towers (T19, T20, T21 and T22), dismantled and carted them away.

Once more, on October 10, 2022, the vandals attacked and vandalised two further towers on the identical 330kV DC Afam – Onne Transmission Line.  Throughout a 3rd try luck, nevertheless, ran out on them as efforts of vigilante members, buoyed by safety operatives paid off, ensuing within the arrest of 9 of the miscreants. They’ve since been charged to court docket to face the complete wrath of the regulation.

FG, states settlement on energy crops’ sale

On the constructive aspect, in December, the Federal Authorities and the 36 state governors lastly agreed to promote 5 energy crops beneath the Nationwide Built-in Energy Tasks and use the proceeds to fund the 2023 finances.

Events within the deal reached the settlement after over two years of disputes and authorized tussle as regards the sale of the NIPP crops being managed by the Niger Delta Energy Holding Firm.

The NDPHC, owned by the federal, state, and native authorities councils, is an influence technology and distribution firm that oversees the implementation of the NIPPs.

FG indicators cope with eight photo voltaic corporations

The federal authorities additionally within the 12 months beneath overview signed a €9.3 million (about N4.39 billion) settlement with eight native corporations to ship 23 mini-grid solar energy initiatives throughout 11 states.

The initiatives are anticipated to generate a 5.4-kilowatt peak electrical energy to attach about 27,600 households, and influence over 138,000 Nigerians in two years. The undertaking is coordinated by the Rural Electrification Company (REA) with help from the European Union (EU) and the German authorities via the Nigerian Vitality Help Programme (NESP).

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Talking on the signing of the Interconnected Mini-grid Acceleration Scheme (IMAS) award grant settlement on the REA workplace in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of State, Energy, Goddy Jedy-Agba, recommended the administration of REA for his or her effort and actions in direction of guaranteeing energy reached the off-grid communities.

REA launches Africa Mini Grid Programme

Additionally in 2022, the Rural Electrification Company (REA) launched the Africa Mini grid Programme (AMP), a four-year undertaking funded by the International Setting Facility (GEF) and supported by the United Nations Growth Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria, geared toward unlocking clear entry throughout Nigeria.

AMP, a four-year undertaking funded by the International Setting Facility (GEF) and supported by the United Nations Growth Programme (UNDP) launched in Nigeria goals to help entry to scrub vitality by rising the monetary viability, and selling scaled-up business funding in renewable vitality mini-grids, with a give attention to cost-reduction levers and progressive enterprise fashions.