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NCDMB lauds TotalEnergies Local Content achievements on Ikike Project



TotalEnergies has been described as the only international operating company in Nigeria that has been taking key financial investment decisions (FIDs) on major projects in the last ten years and kept faith with Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote gave the commendation at the load-out ceremony of the topsides of the Ikike Development Project at the Saipem Yard in Port Harcourt recently.

He said NCDMB is also delighted with TotalEnergies’ commitment to sustained investment in the gas sector, with due considerations for renewable energy.

“It is no surprise that within the last six months, President Muhammadu Buhari has twice given audience to the global chief executive of the company, Mr. Patrick Pouyanne, and Nigeria is keen to have strategic partners like TotalEnergies to enable us realize our targets especially in consideration of the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA),” he added.

He reiterated the Board’s confidence in Total to keep its project funnel active through a robust portfolio of projects required to sustain utilization of established capacities and grow Nigerian Content as well as working collaboratively to earmark high local content commitments and targets.

“As this Topsides sail to location for further work scope completions, you can be assured that NCDMB has also set out local content targets that must be met to sustain the job creation drive of the Federal Government,” he stated.

The Executive Secretary confirmed that the signed Nigerian Content Compliance Certificate provided that the hook-up engineering and tie-in services, inspections and integrity works, pre-commissioning and commissioning, and marine services would be executed with over 95 percent Nigerian personnel with locally owned equipment and assets.

He commended Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited (SCNL) and its sub-contractors for delivering the scope on schedule regardless of challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also hailed the technical and non-technical staff that worked on the project and ensured its delivery within a fabrication yard in-country.

“Our mandate is to ensure that this is the case across all the various projects including NLNG Train-7,” the Nigerian Content chieftain mentioned. He reassured industry stakeholders that the Board shall continue to remain its foremost partner in the development and industrialization of Nigeria.

In his speech, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies Nigeria, Mr. Mike Sangster declared that the Ikike Field Development Project is a further commitment of TotalEnergies to Nigeria and the growth of the oil and gas sector, after the Egina Project.

He stated that aside from meeting the incremental 32,000 barrels per day, the project also aims to capitalize on lessons learnt from previous projects such as the OFON2, OML 58 Upgrade to assure a development with strategic fit for context, maximize local content at sustainable cost, simplified design, economic, and consistent progress towards first oil.

He asserted that Ikike is a testament of cooperation and teamwork of all parties, and regulators namely Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, National Petroleum Investment Services and NCDMB. He added that the project has contributed immensely to the Nigerian Content development initiatives of the company through the construction of jacket modules, topsides, and risers in Nigerian yards, offshore campaign with vessels domiciled in Nigeria, and drilling with Nigerian companies which boosted local employment with about 3,000 direct and indirect jobs hence increasing local capacity and technical skills acquisition.

Speaking earlier, the Managing Director of SCNL, Mr. Walter Peviani, thanked TotalEnergies for entrusting the project in their capacity to deliver on time without Lost Time Injury (LTI) or incident amidst industry challenges and uncertainties including COVID-19. He said that the Topsides fabricated by Sapiem in collaboration with local companies and other sub-contractors was an in-country platform designed to be fully unmanned and remotely operated, heralding the extension of innovation and technology towards the new normal in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, having remarkable opportunities in technology transfer.

Present at the ceremony were the Director and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Mr. Gbenga Komolafe represented by Mr. Hassan Gambo, a Director in the Commission and the Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti, who was represented by the General Manager, Joint Venture Operations, Mrs. Martina Atuchi.

The regulators both commended TotalEnergies for achieving the project one hundred percent in-country.


TCN overhauls equipment for improved electricity supply to Nigerians



The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Shiroro region, says it is overhauling all its equipment for improved power supply across the region.

The General Manager of TCN Shiroro Region, Malam Maiwada Sarkin-Bello, disclosed this while addressing newsmen during a tour of TCN facilities at Shiroro power plant.

He said the company was constructing new control rooms in Shiroro and Kainji transmissions and replacing all obsolete equipment with new modern ones.

Sarkin-Bello added that the company had purchased additional 132/33KV 100MVA transformer for Minna Sub-station at the cost of N1 billion to address power outage within the metropolis.

He said the company constructed new 132KV from Zungeru power station switch yard to Tegina and construction of new control rooms at Shiroro.

Others were replacement of old equipment by World Bank, in-house replacement of old equipment at Jebba, upgrading of Minna Sub-station with additional 132/33KV 100 MVA.

He added that six new 330KV current transformers on bus coupler at Jeba transmission station were purchased and new 330KV circuit breakers on Jebba-Kainji line 2 circuit were installed.

Also new 330KV circuit on Jebba-Gamo line was installed while vandalised tower members on T69, T70 and T71 on 132 Minna-Suleja circuit and two faulty 132KV CVT on Minna-Suleja line one and two yellow phases were replaced

He said the company constructed new open air stores for out-door equipment at Faku, obsolete protection relay with modern numerical relays on 330KV was replaced in addition to maintenance of power transformers on annual schedule.

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TCN begins expansion, upgrade of facilities in Benin region



The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Benin region, says it has embarked on a series of projects aimed at grid expansion and upgrade in the sub region.

Mr Isaac Okpe, General Manager, TCN, Benin region, stated this in Benin on Friday, while briefing newsmen after a tour of the region, sub region and Ihovbor work centre.

He said that the project was part of measures to intensify electricity transmission in Edo, Delta and parts of Ondo and Ekiti states.

Okpe said the Benin sub region was one of the most important regions, a hub of the national grid,

The TCN boss said that the company started the expansion and upgrade at Ihovbor work centre in Edo, Sapele work centre, Delta, and Omotosho sub region, Ondo.

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria has embarked on a series of projects aimed at grid expansion and some of the ongoing expansion projects are as follows.

Benin Sub Region – Project expansion and upgrading project of 2x150MVA to 2×300 MVA 330/132kV power transformer.

Benin Sub-Region – Restoration of T2 40 MVA transformer at Okada 132/33kV line following the installation of 300KVA grounding transformer.

Omotosho Sub Region – Project expansion at Ondo TS, upgrading of 2x 30MVA to 2x 60MVA commissioning of new 2x40MVA power transformer at 132/33KV line at Erinje Sub-Station currently undergoing testing by NPDH.

The general manager further said that other areas of expansion included; Delta Sub Region, Ongoing upgrade and expansion of 1x185MVA power transformer at Ughelli 132/33kVA line.

“And an upgrade of 1x60MVA to 100MVA power transformer and commissioned 150MVA 330/132kV inter bus transformer at Ughelli last year,” he said.

Okpe, however, lamented that encroachments on TCN lines and acts of vandalism in the region had been the major challenges facing the company and hindering quality service delivery

“The major challenge we are having is encroachment on our lines. So many people are building churches, shops and houses under the lines.

“And this is a major threat and a major risk on their part. Even in areas people have been compensated for their lands acquired, they come back and built there, claiming that they were not compensated.

“This is a threat to the lives of those who stay in such places. People should not build under transmission lines.

“Vandalism is another challenge. People deliberately go to the lines and cut them expecting them to collapse,” he added

Okpe said that about eight people had been caught in the act of vandalism and are currently being  prosecuted in different law courts across the region.

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REA, NASEIN sign $150m battery manufacturing agreement



The Rural Electrification Agency (REA)  and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI)  has signed a 150 million dollars battery manufacturing agreement with Chinese investors.

Malam Mutari Ibrahim, the Director Promotion and Outreach (PIO), REA said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.

Ibrahim said that the agreement was signed with SHENZEN LEMI Technology Development Company.

He said that the agreement was signed  under the leadership of the Ministry of Power and the China Ministry of Ecology and Environment as part of the takeaway by Nigeria from the COP 28 in Dubai

According to him, the partnership will facilitate the establishment of a Lithium-Ion Battery manufacturing and processing factory in Nigeria.

”The initiative which is backed by a 150 million  dollars investment from LEMI is  scheduled to commence in phases, starting from the 2nd quarter of 2024.

”The China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, in collaboration with the Ministry of Power expressed enthusiasm for being part of this transformative agreement.

‘The signing of the cooperation agreement is anticipated to serve as a pioneer initiative for the Light and Belt Initiative in Africa, aligning with global efforts to drive climate technology development and transfer,” he said.

Ibrahim said that the collaboration would strengthen NASENI’s mandate under the agency’s new leadership to manage the research and development of capital goods, production and reverse engineering to enhance local mass production of standard parts.

He said that the agreement would also enhance services for the nation’s technological advancement with a special focus on the  electricity sector.

”Furthermore, the collaboration underscores REA’s commitment to bridging the climate technology gap and combating the adverse effects of climate change.

“It also aligns with the country’s ambitious goals of achieving universal electricity access by 2030 and netzero emissions by 2060,” he said.

Ibrahim said that the partnership was  aimed at fostering the development and transfer of climate technology,
promote indigenous industrialisation and facilitate commercialisation.
”Enhance public private cooperation and contribute to job creation, economic growth, and the extractive industry in the country.
”Recognising the crucial role of energy storage in the transition to renewable energy sources, the investment in Lithium-Ion energy storage manufacturing signifies a significant step towards achieving a low-carbon economy.
”Research indicates that Lithium-Ion
energy storage has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20 per cent per Kilo Watts per hour (KWh) capacity compared to traditional lead-acid technology,” he said.
According to him,  REA and NASENI remain steadfast in their commitment to cultivating partnerships that
accelerate clean, innovative, and sustainable energy interventions.
”it is also committed to Contributing to the global pursuit of a greener and more sustainable future,”
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