THE federal government of Nigeria has signed an agreement with Siemens for the implementation of the Nigeria Electrification Roadmap.
The Roadmap aims to resolve existing challenges in the power sector and expand the capacity for the future power needs of the country.
At present, the country’s power system is suffering from an imbalance between power generation and end-user consumption.
Despite more than 13,000MW of power generation capacity in the country, only an average of 3,400MW reliably reaches consumers.
The inadequate power supply results in regular blackouts and has stunted Nigeria’s economic development.
The Roadmap is structured in three phases:
- Phase 1 is focusing on essential and quick-win measures to increase the system’s end-to-end operational capacity to 7,000MW.
- Phase 2 is targeting remaining network bottleneck’s to enable full use of existing generation and distribution capacities, bringing the systems operational capacity to 11,000MW.
- Phase 3 is developing the system up to 25,000MW in the long-term. This includes upgrades and expansions in generation, transmission and distribution networks.
‘The signing of the Nigeria Electrification Roadmap is a major milestone in the partnership between Nigeria and Germany as well as Nigerian companies and Siemens,’ said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG.
‘Its implementation will significantly enhance Nigeria’s energy system, create thousands of new qualified jobs and will enable the country and its people for the next level of industrial and societal development,’ added Kaeser.