…As indigenous firm engages 11 DISCOs on metering
By Anthony Okafor
THE Nigeria power sector, which comprises, Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN; Generating Companies, GENCOs; Distribution Companies, DISCOs; among others’ losses to power constraints in the past one week increased by 8.4 percent.
The constraints, which occurred as a result of insufficient gas supply, lack of distribution and transmission infrastructure, culminated in the loss of N12 billion between June 2 and 8, 2019, as against N11 billion between May 26 and June 1, 2019.
A report obtained from the office of Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, showed that the average energy sent out by GENCOs within the last one week averaged 3,648 Megawatts, mw, down by 151.4mw recorded in the previous week.
The report stated: “On June 9, 2019, average energy sent out was 3,501mw (up by 70.92mw from the previous day)
“1,767.5mw was not generated due to unavailability of gas. 0mw was not generated due to unavailability of transmission infrastructure, while 1,220.2mw was not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure.
“420 MW was recorded as losses due to water management. The power sector lost an estimated N1.64 on June 9, 2019 due to constraints from insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure and transmission infrastructure.
“The dominant constraint on June 9, 2019 was due to unavailability of gas – constraining a total of 1,767.5 MW from being available on the grid.”
Meanwhile, Armese Power Solutions, an indigenous meter asset provider, has announced plans to help Meter Asset Providers, MAPs, newly engaged by the 11 electricity distribution companies, DISCOs, meet the Federal Government’s local content requirements for meter roll-out across the country.
In a statement in Abuja, Chief Executive Officer, Armese Consulting Limited and Armese Power Solutions, Imran Aslam Khokhar, stated that the company was equal to the task of helping MAPs plug this gap leveraging the expertise of its world class Akwa Ibom-based meter manufacturing facility, reputedly the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.
He said: “Our manufacturing subsidiary, operating as Metering Solutions Manufacturing Services Limited, MSMSL, has the installed capacity to produce three million meters yearly on a multi-shift pattern.
“It is staffed by a team of seasoned professionals, on a ratio of 99 per cent local to 1 percent foreign, who bring a pedigree of unequalled competence to the table in the manufacture of world-class meter assets. Our product line includes single-phase and three-phase prepaid meters in various configurations and mountings as well as tamper-proof polycarbonate (PCB) meter box enclosures.”
Khokhar disclosed that the 20,580 square meters manufacturing facility, launched by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other top government functionaries in September, 2017 had so far supplied over 200,000 meters to DISCOs, and is set to produce a minimum of 175,000 meters catering to domestic and international requirements in the short run.
He said: “Most recently, Armese also leveraged the quality of products manufactured by our subsidiary MSMSL to supply high-volume meter assets to the Liberia Electricity Company, LEC, for an ambitious electrification project funded by the United States of America through the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
“In effect, we are poised to help make the MAPs scheme a success in Nigeria through the edge we have recorded in local content and encourage newly engaged MAPs experiencing this challenge to partner with us.”
Khokhar noted that Armese recently scaled a competitive bid process to emerge one of the frontline MAPs engaged by Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED to roll out meter assets within its franchise area for a renewable 10-year timeframe.
PHED, the company said, reportedly supplies power to over 14 million people cutting across Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, and Akwa Ibom states, while Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC, is responsible for the distribution and sale of electricity in southern Lagos and Agbara, Ogun State.