US Congressmen Reiterate Power Africa’s Support for Nigeria’s Power Sector

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One of Nigeria’s leading power exhibitions which is dedicated to the burgeoning African power industry has commenced in Lagos yesterday at the Landmark Centre, and will end on September 7, reports This Day.

The exhibition which was officially inaugurated by the Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed, is set to again attract the power industry stakeholders and its market value chain, from decision makers and business leaders to experts and trade professionals who will gather to deliberate the latest trends and progression within the country’s power sector.

 Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Mohammed noted that “the exhibition plays a key role in promoting the latest products and solutions both locally and internationally, while putting the spotlight on issues such as solar power and energy efficiency.”

He added: “Although we are making great progress towards a more stable power market, such as the recent announcement of the Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC), we are still a way to go in various ways and products such as this that gives us the opportunity to all meet in one place and discuss where to go next.’’

He stated that the 2017 edition is the largest till date and will bring together over 100 exhibitors from 11 countries, offering visitors a first look at some of the latest products available on the market covering power generation, solar and transmission and distribution.

Power related companies from Turkey, China and India which also attended the exhibition, have also showcased the latest solutions to power challenges from their respective markets.

An eight-member Congressional delegation from the United States led by Senator Christopher Coons (D-Delaware), a member of the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees, recently visited Egbin Power Station in Lagos to explore areas of intervention in Nigeria’s power sector, THISDAYreports.

Speaking after the tour of the 1,320MW capacity plant, Coons said that the United States would continue to support any project that would guarantee success of Power Africa, its initiative to ensure power supply sufficiency across Africa. Power Africa seeks to bring together experts, private sector, and governments from around the world to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power.

Power Africa played a key role in the power privatisation programme of the federal government and more recently, Power Africa assisted the federal government to finalise power purchase agreements for 14 utility-scale solar IPPs totaling over 1125 MW of power, as part of the efforts to diversify the country’s energy mix, and attract investors into the solar market.

Coons said the United States would also continue to support Nigeria’s economic growth and development, adding that the delegation visited the power station to see the investments and “the work you are doing here and to see the significant improvement in performance and efficiency,” so as to “better understand what are your challenges, what are your actions.”

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