THE Federal Government has identified distributed electricity generation as one of the avenues to resolve the crisis of electricity supply in the country.
The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, who made this disclosure at the General Electric (GE) Distributed Power Launch in Lagos Tuesday, noted that about 80 million Nigeria homes are not connected to the national grid.
According to him, distributed power has the ability to cater for specific needs where its needed most. “People always wrongly assess the power situation of the country. It’s common to hear people say about 50 per cent of our population still don’t have access to electricity of the national grid. In actual fact, it’s more than that. About 60 per cent of our population, that’s about 80 million Nigerian homes, are not connected to the national grid.
“The question now is, how do we quickly reach these communities, these homes, schools, hospitals, markets, farms etc? There’s not faster way to bring electricity to these communities, scattered al over the country, by extension African continent, other than through Distributed Power, through distributed electricity generation.
“How can we reach our hospitals, primary schools, secondary schools, even tertiary institutions, public and privately owned and clustered all over the country? The answer as I said, is only through distributed power generation. So, you can safely say that I am an apostle of distributed power generation”, he added.
Nebo commended GE for power initiative, saying that GE chose Nigeria as the springboard for its distributed power generation to power Africa communities.
Speaking at the event, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE’s Distributed Power, Lorraine Bolsinger. said that the company is seeking to install distributed power technologies in areas of Africa where traditional grid service is poor or does not exist.
He added: “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 added that GE’s Distributed Power is committed 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 generations.”
He hinted that the company is currently in test with its 2.6-MW 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.
He stated: “The 616, which GE plans to ship later this year, has been designed for higher efficiency, more reliability and technology excellence and is a derivative of Distributed Power’s Jenbacher J616 gas engine design and the P616 locomotive diesel engine from GE Transportation.
“The 616 diesel brings together medium-speed engine fuel economy with high-speed engine CAPEX, aiming to improve customer total life cycle cost.
GE is constantly evaluating opportunities to develop and introduce new reciprocating engine platforms and expand the company’s existing platforms into new applications as the global energy sector shifts to faster, more affordable and efficient on-site power. GE has more than 100 years of cross-business experience in advanced gas and diesel reciprocating engine technologies.
“The announcement comes on the heels of President Obama’s announcement of the Power Africa initiative, which seeks to drive growth in Africa by increasing access to reliable, affordable and sustainable power and by helping to ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resources on the continent. In support of Power Africa, GE is committed to working with governments and private partners to help bring online about 5 GW of new, affordable energy in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. GE intends to provide technology based on a variety of fuel sources as appropriate for each project, including solar, wind and natural gas, to deliver the power and support partners in arranging financing for these projects.
Curled from The Guardian