Nigeria Engages New Contracts to Resuscitate Ailing Power Sector
Nigeria may have decided to use additional contracts to boost the deteriorating power situation in Nigeria. The contracts were basically for the purchase of major electricity transmission equipment.
Last week, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, approved three contracts to boost the electricity supply in the country.
The FEC meeting also approved Nigeria’s Revised Energy Policy (2022), among other far reaching decisions.
The approval for the power sector proposals followed proposals made by minister of power, Abubakar Aliyu, to the Council. The first proposal that was approved was a variation of a subsisting contract for the Katampe to National Stadium, 132 direct circuit line, which is about 90% completed.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting, the minister explained that the contractor sought the variation because of some delays on the project.
“All the necessary due processes have been followed, and the variation approved by FEC today is N201, 949, 811.00,” the minister said.
The minister stated further that the other two contracts, which also got the approval of the Federal Executive Council, were for the procurement of two sets of power transformers and the construction of a transmission line in Kebbi state, respectively.
“The second approval was for the design, manufacture and supply of two 60 MVA 132/33 kV power transformers. The cost has two components; the offshore is $1, 294, 447 then the onshore is N16, 485,000,” Aliyu said.
“The third approval is a contract to also design, construction, and installation of a 260-kilometre transmission line from Birnin-Kebbi, through Zuru to Yauri in Kebbi State,” the minister informed.
According to him, the cost of the contracts has two components; the offshore, which is $25.8million, and the onshore, which is N10.2billion.
On the energy policy, minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, who is the minister of science and technology, explained that the revision of the policy became imperative to enable Nigeria to take optimum advantage of all the available sources of energy in the country.
He said Nigeria has an abundance of crude oil, fossil fuels, and variants of renewal energy (solar, hydro, wind, geothermal and biomass) in commercial quantities and a good mix of all these will greatly improve the energy supply.