Siemens to train DisCos, TCN, stakeholders on 25,000MW electricity project

*Nigeria aims to upgrade electricity network to achieve operational capacity of 25,000MW from current average 4,500MW

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In implementing its Phase 1 pre-engineering contract of providing 25,000MW (Megawatts) of electricity to Nigerian consumers, Siemens, a German multinational conglomerate company, has concluded plans to train electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) and other electricity stakeholders in the country.

Siemens, in a statement Thursday, July 30, said that 11 DisCos, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), and energy industry regulators would be trained on all the equipment and software being provided in Phase 1 of the project.

The company revealed that the training is part of its phase 1 pre-engineering contract of providing 25,000mw of electricity to the nation.

Recall that the Federal Government and Siemens had signed a Letter of Agreement on the country’s Electrification Road map July 2019, after President Muhammadu Buhari and Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, met August 31, 2018, in Abuja, FCT.

The Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), formerly, the Nigeria Electrification Roadmap aims to upgrade the country’s electricity network to achieve operational capacity of 25,000 megawatts (MW) from the current average of around 4,500 MW, says agency report.

The PPI is expected to go through a series of projects spanning three phases across four major states to achieve the electricity target by 2025.

The statement read in part: “The first phase is expected to increase the operational capacity to 7,000 MW.

“Phase 1 will also focus on significantly reducing the AT & C financial losses.

“AT & C losses are the difference between energy injected into the system and the energy for which payment is made. It is the aggregate of the Transmission and Distribution (T and D) losses and loss due to non-realisation of payable demand.”

According to Siemens, “Phase 2 will target the remaining network bottlenecks to enable full use of existing generation and distribution capacities, bringing the systems operational capacity to 11,000 MW.

“Phase 3 will develop the system up to 25,000 MW in the long-term; this include upgrades and expansions in generation, transmission and distribution,” the statement read.”

The pre-engineering works in the phase 3 would include meter data management systems (MDMS) infrastructure across the country, to enable the development of functional, efficient and reliable electricity grid system, added the statement.

According to the energy firm, the project will also facilitate the creation of thousands of jobs, while generating new opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the country.

It said: “It will in turn increase Nigeria’s GDP and boost economic productivity.”

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