Incremental Power: What the Buhari Administration has accomplished so far

330KV Switching Substation, Essien Udim, Ikot Ekpene LGA, Akwa Ibom State

Available Power Generation capacity and Transmission Capacity are each up by an average of 2,000MW (40 percent), to 7,000MW since 2015. Distribution Capacity is up about 50-60 percent, to 5,000MW.



Azura Power Plant, 460MW: Nigeria’s first large-scale project-financed Independent Power Plant), completed seven months ahead of schedule in May 2018. The $900 million private sector project was financed by a consortium of international finance institutions and equity investors, and achieved financial close in December 2015, in line with President Buhari’s commitment to resolve all bottlenecks that had stalled critical power projects. The Azura project had suffered a lengthy delay prior to the Buhari Administration, owing to the non-approval of agreements required for the financial close.

Ongoing Federal Power Projects (Government-Funded)

Zungeru Hydro Power Plant, Niger State: 700MW

Afam Fast Power Project, Rivers State 240MW (awarded 2016)

Kaduna Power Plant, Kaduna: 215MW

Kashimbilla Hydro Power Plant, Taraba State: 40MW

Dadin Kowa Hydro Power Plant, Gombe State: 29MW

Gurara Power Plant, Niger State: 30MW

Katsina Wind Power Plant, Katsina: 10MW

Mambilla Power Plant: 3,050MW ($5.8 billion contract awarded and signed in 2017)


Beyond the Grid Programme:

The beyond the grid programme provided 20,000 households in 12 states with electricity using Solar Home Systems (SHS), the programme was implemented by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) with assistance from the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), in partnership with the Private Sector.

Through this program 130,000 people now have access to electricity with over 200 jobs created. In addition, nearly 2,500 youths have received green energy orientation and training on Solar Home System (SHS) installation.

Energizing Economies Initiative:

Ariaria Market IPP, Lagos

Sura Market IPP, Lagos

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) launched the Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI), as part of its wider electrification of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) programme. The EEI programme was developed to support the rapid deployment of clean and sustainable off-grid electricity solutions to economic clusters in Nigeria. EEI is being implemented and supported by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) under the Federal Ministry of Power works and Housing.

The initiative aims to increase energy access and economic growth by facilitating private sector development of clean, reliable and affordable power to economic and industrial clusters across Nigeria. The overall goal of the programme is to identify and electrify over 300 clusters within the next 3–5 years across various regions of the country.

16 markets across 7 states have been included in first phase of the initiative, which will deliver almost 80,000 connections to over 340,000 SMEs. All projects are various stages of electrification.

· Sabon Gari Market (Kano): 13,000 shops

· Sura Shopping Complex (Lagos): 1,047 shops

· Ariaria Market (Aba): 37,000 shops

· Kantin Kwari (Kano) — 7,742 shops

· Gbagi (Oyo) — 7,872 shops

· Ita-Osun (Ogun) — 2,814 shops

· Nnamdi Azikwe (Lagos) — 3,091 shops

· Balogun (Lagos) — 1,662 shops

· Iponri (Lagos) — 1,305 shops

· UMBC (Oyo) — 700 shops

· Edaiken (Edo) — 223 shops

· Isikan (Ondo) — 277 shops

· Bariga (Lagos) — 390 shops

· NEPA 1 (Ondo) — 140 shops

· NEPA 2 (Ondo) — 127 shops

· Erinwe (Ogun) — 1,280 fish ponds

Energizing Education Initiative:

The Energizing Education Programme (EEP) is an initiative of the FGN, to provide sustainable and clean power supply to 37 Federal Universities and 7 University Teaching Hospitals across Nigeria. The project includes the provision of an independent power plant, upgrading existing distribution infrastructure, street lighting to improve security within the universities’ campuses, as well as the development of a world class training centre on renewable energy for each university.

The project is being implemented by the REA and will deliver 28.5MW to 9 Federal Universities and 1 University Teaching Hospital, using solar hybrid and/or gas-fired captive power plants:

1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University –Gubi Campus, Bauchi;

2. Bayero University–New Campus, Kano;

3. Usmanu Danfodiyo University–Main Campus, Sokoto;

4. Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue;

5. Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi;

6. Nnamdi Azikwe University-Awka Campus, Anambra;

7. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Delta;

8. Obafemi Awolowo University and Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Osun;

9. University of Lagos, Lagos.

This phase of the EEP will benefit 127,000 students and 28,000 staff of Universities, 4,700 staff in Teaching Hospitals (including 819 doctors), power 2,850 streetlights, and result in the decommissioning of hundreds of generators.

Phase 1 is fully funded by the FGN, within this phase there are seven solar hybrid projects currently benefitting from funding from the Green Bond issued by the FGN.

Construction is ongoing at all 9 university sites.

The Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP):

The objective of the Nigerian Electrification Project (NEP) is to increase electricity access to households and micro, small and medium enterprises, students and patients at federal universities and teaching hospitals throughout Nigeria. The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) (Implementing Agency for the project) has been working with the World Bank team to develop a robust project that when implemented will be the largest off-grid electrification project in West Africa.

The $350 million loan facility from the World Bank is broken up into four components (solar mini grids, standalone solar systems for homes and enterprises, energizing education and technical assistance) with the primary focus on creating an enabling environment to encourage private sector investment in the Nigeria off-grid space.

NEP is also part of the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) and the wider “increase energy access” plan within Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

The four NEP components are:

1. Solar Hybrid Mini-Grids:

NEP aims to provide reliable, affordable and clean electricity through private sector deployed solar hybrid mini grids to 250 rural unserved and underserved communities across Nigeria. This in turn will result in 300,000 households, and 30,000 local enterprises being positively impacted under this component of the NEP.

It is expected that the deployment of these solar mini grids to such communities will result in the rapid increase of business productivity and improve community security as well as overall quality of living conditions.

2. Standalone Solar Systems:

The goal of the standalone solar systems component is to help 1.5 million Nigerian households and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) access better, yet affordable energy services via stand-alone solar home systems provided by the private sector. In addition, 1 million single solar lanterns are expected to be distributed during the course of the project.

3. Energizing Education Programme — Phase 2:

EEP seeks to provide reliable, affordable, and sustainable power to universities and associated teaching hospitals through off-grid systems of 1 MW to 11 MW. Under Phase II, power supply will be provided through solar hybrid solutions in 7 Universities & 2 Teaching Hospitals.

In addition, the EEP seeks to; provide street lights to ensure safety for students, staff and visitors of the institutions, develop and operate training centres to train students in courses related to renewable energy and distribute power to the surrounding communities of those institutions, to not only improve quality of life but also to promote economic/SME activities

4. Technical Assistance:

This component will support project implementation and broad capacity building in Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and REA that will be useful beyond this project. This component will finance project implementation as well as help build a framework for rural electrification.

A Project Management Unit (PMU) for NEP has been constituted and is fully functioning.


Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program:

Completion and delivery, in December 2017, of a 20-year Transmission Expansion Master Plan, with the support of the World Bank. The Master Plan, which comprises of a number of major regional projects, seeks to grow grid capacity to 20,000MW over the next four years.

It will be implemented by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, with the support of various international funding partners, including the World Bank, African Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), French Development Agency and the European Union.

Ongoing Transmission Projects nationwide — Transformer Installations and Upgrades

More than 30 Transmission Projects were completed in 2016 and 2017, and another 90 are ongoing or nearing completion across the country:

TCN Projects completed in 2016 and 2017:

1. 300MVA 330/132/33KV Power Transformers at Alagbon, Lagos state, added capacity-240MW (2016)

2. 300MVA 330/132/33KV Power Transformers at Lekki, Lagos state, added capacity-240MW (2016)

3. 150MVA 330/132//33KV Power Transformers at Kanji (Fakun), Niger State, added capacity 120MW (2016)

4. 150MVA 330/132/33KV Power Transformers at Odukpani, Cross Rivers state, added capacity 120MW (2016)

5. 2x60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Akagba, Lagos state, added capacity 96MW (2016)

6. 2x60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Alagbon, Lagos state, added capacity 96MW (2016)

7. 2x60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Lekki, Lagos state, added capacity 96MW (2016)

8. 2x60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Agbor, Delta State, added capacity 96MW (2016)

9. 2x60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Ihorvor, Delta state, added capacity 96MW (2016)

10. 2x60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Lokoja, Kogi State, added capacity 96MW (2016)

11. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Ughelli, Delta State, added capacity 48MW (2016)

12. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Kontagora, Niger State, added capacity 48MW 92016)

13. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Isolo, Lagos State, added capacity 48MW (2016)

14. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Okene, Kogi State, added capacity 48MW (2016)

15. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Sokoto, Sokoto State, added capacity 48MW (2016)

16. 2x40MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Okada, Delta state, added capacity 64MW (2016)

17. 2x40MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Kainji (Dogon Gari), Niger State, added capacity 64MW (2016)

18. 300MVA 330/132/33KV Power Transformers at Ikeja West, Lagos State, added capacity-240MW (2017)

19. 150MVA 330/132//33KV Power Transformers at Ayede, Oyo State, added capacity 120MW (2017)

20. 150MVA 330/132//33KV Power Transformers at Afam, River State, added capacity 120MW (2017)

21. 100MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Alimosho, Lagos State, added capacity 80MW (2017)

22. 2x60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Kukuaba, FCT Abuja, added capacity 96MW (2017)

23. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Ikorodu, Lagos State, added capacity 48MW (2017)

24. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Ejigbo, Lagos State, added capacity 48MW (2017)

25. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Ajah, Lagos State, added capacity 48MW (2017)

26. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Hadejia, Jigawa State, added capacity 48MW (2017)

27. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Funtua, Katsina State, added capacity 48MW (2017)

28. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Bauchi, Bauchi State, added capacity 48MW (2017)

29. 60MVA 132/33KV Power Transformers at Aba, Abia State, added capacity 48MW (2017)

30. 2x40MVA 132/33KV Power Transformer at Daura, Katsina State, added capacity 64MW (2017)

31. 40MVA Mobile Substation at Damboa, Borno State, added capacity 32MW (2017)

32. 40MVA Mobile Substation at Zaria, Kaduna State, added capacity 32MW (2017)

33. 40MVA Mobile Substation at Ejigbo, Lagos State, added capacity 32MW (2017)

34. 28/40MVA Mobile Substation at Mayo Belwa, Adamawa State, added capacity 22.4/32MW (2017)

35. 30/40MVA Mobile Substation at Gombe, Gombe State, added capacity 24MW (2017)

Transformers and Lines installed so far in 2018 include:

1. 60MVA Transformer in Katsina Substation

2. 100MVA Transformer in Ejigbo Substation

3. 2X60MVA Transformer in Odogunyan SubStation, Lagos

4. 60MVA Transformer in Old Abeokuta Substation

5. 60MVA Transformer in Calabar Substation

6. 60MVA Transformer in Karu Substation, FCT

7. 60MVA Transformer in Dan Agundi Substation, Kano

8. 2X60MVA Transformer in Kakuri Substation, Kaduna

9. 60MVA Transformer in Uyo Substation

10. Energizing of 30MVA Transformer in Nsukka Substation (completed in 2016 but delayed by right of way issues facing the transmission line)

Abandoned Transmission Equipment:

The Buhari Administration inherited about 800 containers of transmission equipment at the ports in Lagos; some of them abandoned for up to 15 years. Through the intervention of the Presidency and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, 693 of those containers have been cleared (as of August 2018) and deployed to various project sites around the country.

Emergency Improvement of Power Supply Facilities in the FCT and Nasarawa States:

A $12.4 million project funded by the Japanese Government for the upgrading (installation of power capacitor banks) of two Transmission Sub-Stations, in Apo, FCT and Keffi, Nasarawa, respectively, to stabilize power supply to 7,000 households. The project commenced in 2016 and was completed in 2018.

Emergency Rehabilitation and Reinforcement of Lagos Transmission Sub-Stations:

A $21 million project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) — will stabilise power supply to more than 200,000 people in and around Apapa in Lagos State. The contract was signed between the Japanese and Nigerian Governments in November 2018.


Distribution Expansion Programme:

Distribution Expansion Programme to support DisCos to expand their capacity and make it possible for them to deliver 2,000 of existing and unutilized power capacity to consumers. The Programme, which the Federal Government is kicking off with a 72 billion Naira investment, involves the installation of distribution substations and Electrical Equipment, and is now at an advanced state of procurement.

Eligible Customers Regulation:

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2017 issued the Eligible Customers Regulation to make it possible for licensed generation companies with excess capacity to provide power to unserved and underserved customers (who fulfil certain conditions for eligibility), using existing transmission and distribution infrastructure.

Meter Asset Provider (MAP) Regulations:

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) issued the Meter Asset Provider Regulations with effect from March 8, 2018. The Regulations provide guidelines for the existence and operation of ‘Meter Asset Providers’ (providing meter financing, procurement, supply, installation, maintenance and replacement) who will work with DisCos to close Nigeria’s metering gap. The MAPs are mandated to source a minimum of 30% of their contracted metering volumes from local meter manufacturing companies in Nigeria.

Source: https://medium.com/@BuhariOsinbajo2019/incremental-power-what-the-buhari-administration-has-accomplished-so-far-1d7c4cd3dca2

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