One hundred and two million Nigerians, representing 60 per cent of the 170 million population, are yet to be connected to the national grid, Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo has said. Nebo, who said this yesterday at the GE’s Distributed Power launch in Lagos, disclosed that 30 million households in the country are also not yet connected to the national grid.
Some of the 40 per cent of the population, who are even connected according to the minister, do not have quality electricity supplied to them at optimal level. All these, he said, have created a vacuum for investors to fill through the active participation in the on-going power sector reforms and privatisation by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He promised the government’s commitment to supporting all investors through partnership on how to grow the sector. In the same vein, the President/Chief Executive Officer, GE’s Distributed Power, Lorraine Bolsinger, said that his company has plans to invest over $1 billion in Nigeria over the next five years.
This investment, she said, is to strengthen its local presence in manufacturing and product services. “This investment will make Nigeria a regional hub for manufacturing, service and innovation with an improved ability to support a broader range of product lines in power generation as well as oil and gas exploration and production,” she said.
In a related development, the GE Power and Water also formally introduced its new Distributed Power business for Africa, building on the company’s corporate commitment to help address the continent’s need for more reliable, local energy supplies that can promote greater economic development and security in urban and rural areas.
“In areas of Africa where traditional grid service is poor and does not exist, we are seeing more customers seeking to install distributed power technologies that can help ensure that homes and businesses have more reliable supplies of electricity,’ Bolsinger said. GE’s Distributed Power, she said, is “commited to helping customers throughout Africa use more of their own domestic energy resources, which in turn enhances the economic security of the region for future generation.”
The company is currently in test with its 2.6Mega Watt 616 diesel engine, the first high speed diesel engine model for power generation that GE will introduce as part of a larger initiative to further expand the company’s footprint in distributed power applications that use reciprocating engine technology
Source: NewTelegraph


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