In order to add 30,000MW of electricity to the national grid by the year 2030, the federal government claims to have devised a National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency strategy with an associated Vision 30:30:30.
The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu stated this yesterday in Abuja at the 5th National Council on Power with the theme “Sustaining and Improving Electricity Supply through the Power Sector Value Chain for Socio-Economic Growth.”
Aliyu said renewable energy would contribute 30 per cent of the energy mix to the policy.
He said renewable energy was taking the centre stage of the ongoing reforms in the power sector as it is visible from the ongoing and completed projects in the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project, which is at 97 per cent completion.The minister said, “It is expected to provide 700 Megawatts to the national grid while Kashimbila Hydroelectricity Project will be providing 40 Megawatts to the grid.
“And Dadin-kowa dam is also providing 40 Megawatts to the national grid among others.”According to him, the power sector is undergoing various reforms aimed at improving the sector, adding that the government is presently investing in power infrastructures.
He said that these investments were especially in the Transmission Company of Nigeria through various interventions.The minister said the projects were funded by International Organisations like the World Bank, African Development Bank and a host of others to strengthen the national grid.
Aliyu said: “Government to Government collaboration between Nigeria and Germany resulted in a loan agreement which was provided on concessionary terms through Siemens Company to rehabilitate the Nigeria Electricity Industry and the value chain in the industry.
“Through the agreement with Siemens, orders had been made for the purchase of 10 morbid power transformers and 10 mobile substations.
“The 10 morbid power transformers to be situated across the country have started arriving.”
Aliyu urged participants to appraise recommendations of the technical experts’ submission on various memoranda carefully to enable NACOP to arrive at the objective conclusions that will improve the activities in the power sector.
He said that forums such as NACOP were necessary for building synergy in policy formulation and implementation for the provision of adequate and reliable power supply.
“It is to drive the socio-economic development of the nation that will catapult the nation to the next level of industrial development,” he said.