The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is an agency dedicated to increasing electricity access to rural and underserved communities have signed a contractual agreement with METKA Power West Africa to provide off-grid technology through the deployment of Solar Home Systems and Mini-grids.
REA seeks to develop off-grid independent Power Plant (IPP) projects for the generation and provision of adequate power supply to thirty-seven (37) federal universities and seven (7) university teaching hospital last across the country, and as the part of the ‘Energising Education programme of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
Under the agreement, METKA will provide full EPC services for power generation plants, street lighting, and training centers, as well as operation and maintenance services, for four (4) universities. All four universities will be powered by hybrid power plants utilizing renewable energy sources integrated with energy storage and diesel generation as back up.
Disbursement of N231bn Power Intervention Fund Not Yielding Result
Federal lawmakers, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders have expressed concerns over the disbursement of N231billion to Electricity Distribution companies, Generation companies, and Gas companies without commensurate results in the power supply to consumers. They have stated this during the investigative public hearing into ‘Excessive electricity charges being levied on consumers by Discos, chaired by Ajibola Famurewa.
Famurewa also harped on the need to ensure metering to all the electricity consumers within the next three years, expressed support for criminalization of current estimated billing system alongside energy theft. However, urged CBN to liaise with relevant regulatory agencies to provide for local manufacturers of meters without further delay.
Shell Nigeria Ready to Add 624MW Electricity to National Grid
Adam VI power plant in Rivers state is ready to deliver its dependable capacity of 624MW into the Nigerian national grid. Mr. Osagie Okunbor, the Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Company of Nigeria Limited (SPCN) Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, on Tuesday has told newsmen in Abuja that SPDC Joint Venture-owned combined cycle power plant is ably maintained to consistently deliver its net dependable capacity of 624MW from an installed capacity of 650mw with its three gas turbines and one steam turbine. In November 2017, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission renewed SPDC JV’s Afam VI power generation license for another 10 years, and in December 2017, the company signed an interim multi-year agreement with General Electric to improve the power plant’s availability, reliability, and output for up to 200,000 Nigerian homes, while decreasing its operational cost.