The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has started a comprehensive integration and stakeholders’ engagement to sensitize dwellers of Iwure, Ojor, and Osomba/Akin communities of Cross River State ahead of planned oil palm-based biodiesel project in that part of the state.
Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation’s General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division stated that 26,000 hectares facility was designed to accommodate an oil palm plantation co-located with bio-diesel, crude palm oil co-generation plants, and other facilities. He added the plant was projected to generate about 14 megawatts of electricity from empty fruit bunches and the residue from the oil palms. Under the arrangement, the oil palm would be processed into fuel grade Biodiesel and Industrial crude palm oil as by-products.
The NNPC Cross River bio-fuel project is a drive by the corporation to develop biofuels in Nigeria through a partnership with core investors to create a low carbon economy and link oil and gas sector to the agricultural sector.
Ethiopia to Bridge Electricity Connectivity Gap with New Substations
GE Grid Solutions has announced the completion of its $ 40 million electricity transmission system improvement turnkey project in collaboration with the Ethiopian Electric Power. Lazarus Angbazo, regional leader for GE’s Grid Solutions Business in Sub-Saharan Africa, underlined that there is an urgent need for household electrification. He further added that the project is set to significantly reduce high transmission losses while improving system efficiency, stability, and reliability.
Power Grid Collapses 59 Times in 42 months.
The report from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for over a period of three and half years has revealed that the national grid suffered a total of 59 major and partial collapsed in the last 42 months. In the second quarter of 2018, there were major system collapses three times, the grid collapsed seven times in the first quarter, bringing the total shut down to 10 between January and June this year. The collated data showed about thirty-nine cases of partial collapse which were suffered by the grid in the 30 months period between January 2015 and June 2017. Usman Mohammad, the chief executive officer, stated a need for adequate investment in order to stabilize the grid. He maintained that the transmission company, with the support of international financiers, have been investing in its network to boost the grid’s performance.