The Japan government, through Japanese International Cooperation Agency, JICA, has completed and donated a 1.2MW of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System to Nigeria government.
The project which is meant to power Abuja’s main source of water supply at the Lower Usuma Dam, Bwari Area Council was executed with a 980 million Japanese Yen, (equivalent to approx.. 9.7 million USD) special Japanese grant.
Official statement from JICA said, it is a special grant and aid project of JICA, under Japan’s Cool Earth Partnering Programme, which aims at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. So as to address climate change.
The implementing organizations for the project are Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and Federal Capital Territory Water Board (FTCWB) under Federal Capital Territory Administration.
The project was executed in two phases. The first phase with a generation capacity of 975KWP was completed in August, 2016. The just commissioned second phase is 205kwp.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, recently, in Abuja, JICA’s Chief Representative in Nigeria, Hirotaka Nakamora said, in the process of executing the project, Japanese consultants and engineers made frantic effort at building counterparts’ capacity, especially, on operation
and maintenance of the grid connected PV system.
While thanking their Nigerian counterparts, especially, the ministers of Power and FCT, Nakamora urged the Nigerian authority to maintain the facility, as lack of maintenance could reduce its efficiency by 15%.
He also extend his appreciation to all the Japanese stakeholders in the execution of the project; Crown Agent, Yachiyo Engineering, Toyota Tsusho and Hitachi Plant Construction.
In address, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, represented by the deputy head of mission, Masaya Otsuka noted that Japan’s participation in the Nigerian power sector dates back to the 70’s when Japan participated in the work Kainji Dam.
He said, this power project is Japan’s 10th, since then. He stressed further that, improved power supply is a significant step to Nigeria’s industrialization and good life.
“With improved power supply, Nigeria will be taken major step to diversifying her economy. Power generated from this project will ensure that plant works efficiently and stable, thereby resulting in improved water supply to the residence of the FCT by the Water Board.
In a goodwill message, the Honorable Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, who was represented by Engr Adebisi of the ministry acknowledged that Nigeria is a major energy resource power, however, the country’s energy supply is largely based on fossil fuel which is finite and fast depleting due to the increasing demand globally.
“The devastating effect of gas emission on the climate requires urgent attention. Thus the need to explore some of the Nation’s renewable and clean energy resources for delivery of energy through electricity generation and supply.
“The new road map designed by the Ministry aims pursuing incremental power supply to all Nigerians. This includes the delivery of technologies that can be deployed easily. These systems include the new and renewable energy technologies such as the solar power system
that we are commissioning today.
“Power Purchase Agreements was signed between the Nigerian Bulk Trading Company and 14 private companies for the development of solar power plant across the country. The 14 Solar PV Power Plant when completed will add about 1,125MW of additional power to ,the country’s
electricity generation. The commissioning of this first grid connected solar Photovoltaic Power plant has shown the practicability and would serve as a guide for establishing such systems in the country. On this note I will like to call on the private investors to look in to replicating this achievement across the country as the Federal Government is committed towards ensuring an enabling environment for those interested in participating in the business of power generation
Highlighting the benefits of the project, the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry pointed out that, he is particularly elated at the prospect of cost saving benefit of the project which translates to a reduction of about thirty million naira (N30M) per annum in operating cost for the Water Treatment Plants.
“In addition, the reduction in the consumption of fossil fuel used for generating electricity, the reduction of global carbon dioxide emission (723.5 tones approx..) and the transfer of technical
knowledge and capacity building for our personnel are part of the enormous benefits of the project that makes it such an attractive venture.
“This project is a demonstration of cordial relation between Nigeria and Japan. Bearing This in mind, the FCT Administration is pleased to fulfil its counterpart obligation to ensure that the project succeeds.
“Bello reiterated the readiness of his administration towards building a great Capital City. In doing that, he said, the FCT administration is open to developing meaningful relationship and collaboration with Development Partner AND Corporations to move the FCT and our great.