If feelers from the presidency are anything to go by, the first batch of mega transformers ordered by the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) are expected to start arriving Nigeria in September this year.
This followed as indications emerged at the weekend that the transformers have successfully undergone a factory acceptance test at Siemens’ transformers factory in Trento, Italy.
Managing Director of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Power Company (FGN-Power), Kenny Anuwe, who led a delegation that included engineers from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), witnessed the factory acceptance test conducted on Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Trento Italy.
The Trumpet learnt that the factory acceptance test had paved the way for Siemens Energy to commence the delivery of the transformers to the country, a move aimed at resuscitating Nigeria’s energy crisis and abysmal of the power sector performance over the years.
This was revealed by the Minister of Power Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, who led a delegation on visits to Siemens Energy factories in Berlin and Frankfurt in Germany in April of this year and held meetings with the senior leadership of Siemens Energy on the need to fast-track the delivery of the early orders that would kick start the transformation of Nigeria’s electricity.
“The successful factory acceptance test shows that Nigeria’s engagement with Siemens Energy is on track. It also shows the Federal Government’s commitment to addressing Nigeria’s electricity challenges,” he said.
Also in December 2021, the Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed and Aliyu secured the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for a €63 million (Euro) to procure equipment to boost power supply under the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), which first phase is expected to provide 10 mobile power sub-stations and 10 mega transformers that would be deployed across the country to boost and stabilise electricity supply.
Earlier in 2018, President Buhari initiated the PPI to enable Siemens Energy to upgrade Nigeria’s electricity systems, the first phase of which seeks to modernise, rehabilitate and expand the national grid by investing in the electricity value chain, including generation, transmission and distribution systems across the country.