23 May 2014

Nigeria: Govt Plans Massive Improvement in National Grid - BPE

Mr Benjamin Dikki, Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), said Nigeria was planning massive improvement in the national grid system.

The director-general said this while receiving a team from Chinese Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company, a subsidiary of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).

Dikki explained that this was due to the fact that the sector required investment in rehabilitation and new construction.

He said the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) would consider all options to strengthen its wheeling capacity to cope with the anticipating increase in power generation.

He advised the SGCC to liaise with TCN to key into the planned massive improvement in the national grid system.

Mr Cheng Wei, the Vice President of SGCC, said their visit was a follow up to the Chinese Prime Minister's visit to Nigeria.

He said the company's grid expertise ranged from planning, engineering, operation and maintenance to training in transmission and operations.

The statement said that the company had recently delivered a 1.4 billion dollars project in Ethiopia as part of its Africa initiative.According to the statement, the SGCC is the China's largest power company and the world largest utility company.

"The company operates China's national transmission grid, the transmission franchise in Philippines and Brazil and recently acquired 25 per cent stake in the Portuguese National Energy Grid Cooperation (REN).

"The company operates in China's 26 provinces, covering about 88 per cent of the land area with 1.1 billion customer base.

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