ABUJA, Nigeria – In December 2021, the Honourable Minister of Finance and Board Chair, FGN Power Company, Mrs. (Dr) Zainab Shamsuna. Ahmed and Honourable Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu presented a memo to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) requesting approval for the procurement of Ten (10) Power Transformers and Ten (10) Mobile Substations under the Presidential Power Initiative which was approved.
In March 2022, the Honourable Minister of Power engaged Siemens’ Executive Management and the Chief Executive Officer, Christian Bruche to expedite the manufacture of the mobile equipment, given the global constraints on component parts and the Ukraine war. The first two energy transformers have been manufactured and will be delivered in September 2022 under a strategy for quick wins.
The Honourable Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu stated, “I am delighted that the Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) were successful. The transformers will contribute notably to resolving transmission/distribution interface issues in the power sector. Mr. President and the Federal Government of Nigeria remain committed to improving access to reliable electricity access to Nigerians. Also, I am confident that the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) will deliver on its objectives to deliver electricity to households and businesses across the country”.
The Factory Acceptance Test FAT took place at Siemens Energy High-Voltage Transformer Lab in Trento, Italy with representatives from FGN Power Company as the client, and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) as the user for the Power Transformers.
Also, The FAT aims to evaluate the equipment’s compliance with the functional requirements and verify that the required functional specifications are in line with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. The Siemens PPI Project Director, Sean Manley, stated, “The Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) of this vital equipment is a major milestone in the progress of the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI). We take great care and responsibility to ensure our equipment meets the highest possible standards so that millions of people across Nigeria are provided with better access to stable and reliable energy”.
The Managing Director, FGN Power Company, Mr. Kenny Anuwe, stated, “The Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) was successful and the equipment will be delivered and subsequently commissioned in September. I am particularly delighted as this is the first of the major delivery of equipment under the PPI”.
The Federal Government and the German Government have shown firm commitments and are working to deliver on the objectives of the PPI to expedite its implementation by releasing the 2000MW capacity in Phase 1.