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Siemens to supply Nigeria mega transformers

Siemens to supply Nigeria mega transformers
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Siemens Energy is set to begin delivery of mega transformers to Nigeria.

Siemens Energy is set to start delivering to Nigeria the Mega Transformers ordered by the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Power Initiative (PPI). Special Adviser, Media to the Minister of Power, Mallam Isa Sanusi, said in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, July 30th, 2022 that the transformers have successfully undergone factory acceptance tests at Siemens’ transformers factory in Trento, Italy. He said that the Managing Director of Federal Government of Nigeria Power Company (FGN-Power), Mr. Kenny Anuwe led a delegation that included engineers from Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to witness the factory acceptance test conducted on July 28th, 2022.

According to Sanusi, the factory acceptance test is a requirement before Siemens Energy can start delivering the transformers to Nigeria. He said that the first batch of the transformers are expected to start arriving in Nigeria in September. Sanusi quotes the Minister of Power to have said that the successful factory acceptance test shows that Nigeria’s partnership and engagement with Siemens Energy is on track. Also, the minister is also quoted to have said that the acceptance shows that the Federal Government is committed to addressing Nigeria’s electricity challenges.

Nigeria’s electricity challenges transcend mega transformers, says critic.

As Nigeria’s national power grid has collapsed a number of times this year alone, concerned citizens, stakeholders and critics of the Buhari administration have expressed their view on the challenges. In 2022, the national grid has collapsed seven times, the latest being in July. Since electricity was privatized in 2013, Nigeria’s national grid has collapsed more than 130 times. The power generation companies and transmission companies have complained of deliberate sabotage and vandalization of transmission lines and have tendered that as the cause of the collapse of the grid.

In a bid to proposing solutions to the electricity challenges of the country, different critics and stakeholders have proposed different measures that the Federal Government can take to tackle this challenge. Some have proposed a decentralized grid system as it is used in the United States of America, while some maintain that the system used in Britain should still remain. Many critics have also pointed to increasing the security personnel around the transmission line to prevent sabotage and vandalism because no matter how many transformers are bought or the number of repairs carried out, when these problems remain unsolved, Nigeria will continue to battle electricity problems.

Minister of Power secured FEC’s approval to boost power supply under PPI.

Mr. Sanusi said that this success with Siemens Energy came after the minister led a delegation to Germany in April 2022, where he visited Siemens Energy factories in Berlin and Frankfurt (Germany). He said that the minister held meetings during the trip with the senior leadership of Siemens on the need to fast-track the delivery of Nigeria’s early orders that will kickstart the transformation in the electricity sector. Sanusi said that the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, and the Minister of Power secured the approval of the Federal Executive Council of 63 million euros for the procurement of equipment to boost power supplies under the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI).

“The first phase will provide 10 mobile power sub-stations and 10 mega transformers that will be deployed across the country to boost and stabilize electricity supplies. In 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari initiated the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) that will enable Siemens Energy to upgrade Nigeria’s electricity systems. The first phase of the PPI seeks to modernize, rehabilitate, and expand the national grid by investing in the electricity value chain, including generation, transmission and distribution systems,” Sanusi said.

Presidential candidate learns Egypt’s electricity model.

The presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, decided to go to Egypt on June 14th, 2022 to study the country’s power generation and distribution mechanism. Siemens Energy has been revealed to be one of the major corporations supporting Egypt’s electricity sector. In 2020, Siemens contributed to Egypt’s energy sector with a new service center and training academy. In 2021, Siemens supported Egypt in the development of their Green Hydrogen Industry. They have also been revealed to be the manufacturer of the equipment that Egypt uses in the generation and transmission of power in their country.


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Ask Nigeria
1 day ago

Siemens to supply Nigeria mega transformersSiemens Energy is set to begin delivery of mega transformers to Nigeria.Express your point of view.

Kazeem1
Member
8 seconds ago

Vandalism has caused a lot of damages to these pipelines so I hope things actually change when the government becomes stricter and tighter with security so same thing won’t happen to Siemens.

Yomii
Member
17 minutes ago

This is an opportunity our government is meant to jump on because it will clearly boost electrical supply in the country. Good work from the government

Bola12
Member
1 hour ago

Our electricity supply had been in a very bad state and needs swift solution. The mega transformer seems promising and might go a long way in helping achieve a state of stable electricity supply .

Tolaniiii
Member
1 hour ago

Considering the fact that top level engineers where called to witness the factory acceptance test, then I believe this transformer will help us and we might get to have stable electricity supply

Remi1
Member
1 hour ago

The Siemens company are well reputable so I’m sure they will provide us with the best services so I’m fine with this move by the government.

Adesanyaj72
Member
1 hour ago

Electricity has alway been a major issue in this country, if the system used In Britain is not working here then I’d advise they try the decentralized system used in USA

Taiwoo
Member
1 hour ago

Because electricity is both delicate and potentially hazardous, we should discourage the culture of maintenance when we acquire these components for the power industry.

Christiana
Member
2 hours ago

The rate at which people deliberately vandalize transformers is overwhelming. The government need to put measures in place to avoid this.

Chibuzor
Member
2 hours ago

The corporations that generate power and the companies that transmit it have both lodged complaints over vandalism and planned acts of sabotage directed at transmission lines and this is something the government should look after.

DimOla
Member
2 hours ago

Siemens Energy delivery mega transformers to Nigeria is impressive but with sabotage within the power sector, it will only frustrate the government effort. Let perpetuators be fished out and dealt with and you will see the impact of government investment in that sector.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
2 hours ago

Nigeria will continue to struggle with its electricity supply so long as the problems caused by the breakdown of the grid are not resolved.

SarahDiv
Member
2 hours ago

If Nigeria want to solve this electric power challenge let us deal with sabotage within the sector. Importing transformers into the country by Siemens Energy is a great news.We just need to dealt with cabals holding the country to ransom.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
2 hours ago

Wow this is very wonderful and would be very good for our electricity system, I hope siemans actually do this.

Hassan Isa
Member
2 hours ago

At least this will help our National grid to wok better, good one from Siemans and the government they should keep it up

Last edited 2 hours ago by Hassan Isa
Okunloye123
Member
3 hours ago

That’s a good one from Siemens Energy, Nigeria as a country has failed to fend for its own.

However, the transformers can only work when the electricity source is intact. So we should work more on how we generate power and ease the power grid.

Adeolastan
Member
4 hours ago

The major problem facing the power sector in Nigeria is sabotage and corruption.Government and the power company need to come together first and find way how to curb the menace of sabotage before bringing the transformer because if time is not taken they will still go same way.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
5 hours ago

Purchasing new transformers is not the problem. There should be a regulated safety procedures and proper maintenance! power outages must be addressed! Hopefully, the new transformers will improve the electricity stability and distribution in the country.

Dimeji0711
Member
6 hours ago

After being in power for years and witnessing the people endure an irregular supply of electricity, our administration has just recently proposed new interventions in the area of electricity. As they did with Egypt, I hope Siemens will be able to help us pull through this project.

Ultra0711
Member
6 hours ago

Mega transformer imports don’t appear to be able to resolve Nigeria’s problem with epileptic electricity supply. To ensure a consistent supply in this nation, our administration needs to stop the sabotage of the transmission lines and address the core causes of the issue.

theApr
Member
6 hours ago

Hopefully the nee transformers improve the electricity distribution in the country. The government should also ensure its safety and management.

Tonerol10
Member
12 hours ago

Story story, Siemens Energy is set to start delivering to Nigeria the Mega Transformers. The truth is the present government has nothing to do in this country. After seven years in power, they just remember electricity 😂. Una try well well. It is a failed Government already. This is worse government in Nigeria.

Haykaylyon26
Member
12 hours ago

I hope the new transformers can improve our electricity in nigeria and they should be properly maintain if not maintain well it will be waste of money to purchase all this transformers. We have to be enjoying electricity in nigeria if this is one of the way it is a nice step

jdpumping
Member
13 hours ago

what has mega transformers got to do with Nigerian electricity problem this country are with clueless leaders …I weep for.my dear nation’s at crucial times were good decisions are needed to be made to solve issues

Abusi
Member
15 hours ago

I just hope these Siemens Mega Transformer will help in the distribution of electricity. I can see that capacity of the transformers will be more than the normal ones. Where the transformers will go to and how they will be used should also be ascertained. We don’t want to hear stories that transformers are being sold or stolen. They should also be well managed and maintained. We should inhibit maintenance culture in the electricity sector, because electricity is very sensitive and dangerous.

Mercy unisex saloon
Member
20 hours ago

Nigeria is always able to purchase brand new things, never able to maintain it. This power outages must be addressed by finding out the root cause before spending. Vandalism, corruption and bribery are mostly attached to the root cause. Buying this new transformers without regulated safety procedure and maintenance check will result in failure.

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