Siemens has once again reiterated its commitment to fully implementing the Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) it signed with the federal government, focused on developing 10,000 megawatts (MW) power generation capacity and buildup of a service workshop for heavy duty gas turbines in the country.
The pledge was made when Chinedu Nebo, the minister of power, with some high-ranking political and industrial delegation including Jerry Gana, chairman of Supertek Electric Limited and also chairman of the Independent Power Producers Association of Nigeria (IPPAN), visited the Siemens gas turbine factory in Berlin, Germany.
During the visit, an addendum to the 2012 MoU was signed between Siemens and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Power in order to extend the scope of the partnership to include the upgrade and expansion of the Nigerian transmission infrastructure. Siemens will also support the technical design specification, training of Nigerian workforce, and lifecycle management of the various elements of the transmission infrastructure.
In addition, Siemens signed a technical development MoU with Supertek Electric Limited for the development of its 500 MW Ajaokuta power plant in Kogi state.
“Siemens is committed to working together with the Nigerian Government and the Federal Ministry of Power to provide solutions to the challenges in the Nigerian power sector. We have vast experience along the entire electricity value chain and are dedicated to bringing world class solutions in the areas of power generation, transmission and distribution to Nigeria.
“We have already demonstrated this by our outstanding track record with the completion of large power projects according to the agreed quality, budget and timeline,” underlines Thierry Toupin, CEO of the business unit gas turbines/generators at Siemens Energy.
According to Nebo, “The Ministry of Power is really proud of the track record of Siemens in the Nigerian power sector. I am really excited about Siemens’ commitment to working together with us to facilitate human capital development, especially in the transmission sector. With Siemens, we have a strategic partnership that works.”
The Siemens gas turbine factory in Berlin with a staff of approximately 3,500 was founded in 1904.
To date, over 900 gas turbines with a cumulated capacity of 140 gigawatts (GW) have been delivered from the Berlin plant to customers in more than 60 countries. Collectively, these gas turbines could cover the average power demand of nearly 100 cities the size of Berlin (Berlin has more than 3 million inhabitants). Siemens has a total of eight units of its SGT 5-2000E gas turbine installed in Afam V (276 MW), Geregu I (414 MW) and Geregu II (450 MW) power plants in Nigeria. All three plants are benchmarks regarding completion time and quality.