Rockson Engineering Limited, the company handling the Kaduna Power Plant, says four out of the eight turbines in the plant are completed and ready to be powered. Mr Sunny Okwedi, the Project Manager of the company, said this on Sunday in Kaduna during an inspection of the project by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola. He said that the four completed turbines would not be switched on until the Power Control Motor (PCM) was installed with the switchyard commissioned.
“I cannot say exactly when the four completed turbines will be switched on because we have a management change; there is a receiver manager that just came in. The installation of the PCM and the commissioning of the switchyard are important to power the turbines and those contracts have to be reactivated before we can make headway. We have done the cabling works, the pipe connection, the fuel tank with the switchyard and its control building almost completed. The PCM is already on site and from the discussion with our receiver managers, we are going to start the process of installation by next week,” he said.
He said that the engineering work on the project was 98 per cent completed, procurement 93 per cent and construction 76 per cent. In his remark, Fashola said that progress had been made in the 215-megawatt power plant since his last visit over a year ago.
Solar energy portal launched to ‘unlock Nigeria’s industrious potential’ – The Cable
The Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), a private sector group, is set to launch ‘Solar works, Save money’, a new information portal that will link stakeholders in the solar energy value chain. According to a statement by Lande Abudu, executive secretary at REAN, the portal is a Nigerian-German initiative that was developed in partnership with Ideas into Energy, a non-profit organisation. It was developed to facilitate the development of a market dynamic that will bring competitive solar energy to medium sized power users in order to “unlock Nigeria’s great industrious potential”.
The group said most Nigerians are still sceptical about the use of solar energy and are unaware that it is a cheaper source of power compared to diesel or petrol generators. The website it said would educate energy consumers on the “silent revolution” that is taking place in the solar industry and point potential investors to reputable suppliers and opportunities in the sector. In Nigeria, the attitude towards solar power is still mitigated today as it is often heard that “Solar doesn’t work” because some initial projects may have underperformed in the past,” the statement read.
“The newest website from the Nigerian-German initiative on solar knowhow & technology transfer is a marketplace where private and institutional customers interested in solar power can meet qualified solar suppliers who showcase their work in Nigeria with reference projects. The website www.solarworks.ng also features an online PV-Calculator that assesses the economics of social investments and shows how solar helps reduce power expenses today.”