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Nigeria’s Siemens power project gains momentum as transformers, substations arrive

Minister of Power Announces Progress in Long-Awaited Energy Transformation Initiative

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Transformers and substations earmarked for Nigeria’s ambitious $2.3 billion Siemens power project have finally landed in the country, marking a significant stride forward in the initiative, revealed Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, on Sunday.

The development follows months of delays and setbacks, during which the Federal Government renewed its contract with the German government and Siemens to overhaul the nation’s power transmission and distribution infrastructure.

Adelabu attributed the project’s sluggish progress to the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the untimely passing of Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to former President Muhammadu Buhari, who played a pivotal role in spearheading the initiative.

“In 2018, Nigeria entered into a memorandum of understanding with the German government for the Siemens contracts, aimed at revolutionising the nation’s transmission and distribution sector. However, progress was impeded by the pandemic and the unfortunate demise of Malam Abba Kyari,” Adelabu explained during a briefing on Friday.

He outlined that the project was originally slated to unfold in two phases, with significant progress made during the pilot phase under the Tinubu administration.

“Recently, at an African Business Summit in Germany attended by the President, we engaged in extensive discussions with our German counterparts, culminating in the signing of an acceleration agreement to revive the project,” Adelabu added.

Detailing the progress made, Adelabu highlighted the arrival of ten power transformers and ten mobile substations, with installation and commissioning underway. He noted that the project’s next phases involve expanding transmission capacity, strengthening the grid, and upgrading distribution infrastructure.

“With the successful completion of this first phase, Nigerians can anticipate improvements in grid stability and distribution efficiency. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is unwavering in his commitment to realizing these transformative projects,” Adelabu affirmed.

The announcement underscores renewed optimism in Nigeria’s energy sector, as the nation strives to overcome longstanding challenges and pave the way for a more reliable and resilient power supply system.

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