THE Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu has assured that power supply in the country will receive boost as the first batch of mega transformers under the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) would arrive by September.
In a statement by his Media Adviser, Isa Sanusi on Saturday, Aliyu said the transformers had passed the factory acceptance test at the Siemens’ transformers factory in Trento, Italy.
Recall that in December 2021, the Federal Executive Council approved $1.9 million and €62.9 million for the Phase One of the PPI, which is to modernise, rehabilitate and expand the National Grid.
According to the Minister, the Managing Director of the Federal Government of Nigeria Power Company, Kenny Anuwe, who led a delegation of engineers from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), witnessed the factory acceptance test conducted last Thursday.
“The factory acceptance test paves the way for Siemens Energy to start delivering the transformers to Nigeria,” Aliyu said.
He noted that Anuwe had in April, led a delegation to the Siemens Energy factories in Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany and held meetings with the senior leadership of the company.
The meeting, Aliyu said, was on the need to fast-track the delivery of the early orders expected to kick-start the transformation of Nigeria’s electricity.
“The successful factory acceptance test shows Nigeria’s engagement with Siemens Energy is on track. It also shows the federal government’s commitment to addressing electricity challenges,” he added.
In July 2019, the Federal Government signed a PPI with Siemens AG to increase electricity generation to 25,000 megawatts in six years.