The Managing Director/Chief Govt Officer of the Niger Delta Energy Holding Firm, Chiedu Ugbo, speaks with Okechukwu Nnodim on the problem of fuel scarcity as the corporate steps up efforts to generate extra electrical energy.
What is your view on fuel as gas of selection for Nigeria than renewables?
The reality is that now we have critical demand for electrical energy throughout the nation. We even have fuel within the floor throughout the nation; we even have fuel thermal energy vegetation. Due to this fact, we should as a matter of precept and coverage optimise using this fuel to supply electrical energy for Nigerians. There isn’t any two methods about that. Out of the 14,000 megawatts contracted to energy technology corporations by NBET (Nigerian Bulk Electrical energy Buying and selling Plc), effectively over 85 per cent of which can be for fuel thermal energy vegetation. So what are you going to do with these vegetation if you’ll lower right down to renewables? Additionally, the place are we almost about renewables? Once more, I do know it’s authorities coverage to extend renewables over time. However as at in the present day, about 85 per cent of the contracted 14,000MW is meant to be fueled by fuel and we have to harness this fuel, get electrical energy to customers, develop our nation after which start to extend different sources of electrical energy. It has been said that our electrical energy demand is someplace round 28,000MW, maybe we are able to then use different sources of renewables corresponding to photo voltaic, small hydro vegetation and wind to develop the remaining quantity of electrical energy that’s required.
Does the NDPHC additionally face fuel constraint as usually raised by different energy technology firms in Nigeria?
The NDPHC is positioned to be the largest shopper of fuel in Nigeria however I don’t know if we’re the largest shopper of fuel in Nigeria for the time being. And that is basically as a result of we’re constrained a lot by lack of fuel. The reality is that now we have about 4,000MW put in capability of electrical energy. At each time limit, that 4,000MW ought to provide you with not less than 3,500MW to three,600MW primarily based on good web site circumstances. Additionally, at each time limit now we have not less than 2,500MW accessible throughout upkeep and different conditions. However as it’s we’re severely constrained by lack of fuel, which suggests there’s a want and marketplace for home fuel to provide this quantum of energy. However there are different industrial points available in the market additionally. Nevertheless, loads of investments is required for fuel, however extra importantly the issues must do with industrial points alongside the road between the fuel producers and, in fact, the facility firms and the electrical energy customers as effectively. So there’s a entire vary of points, particularly industrial points that we have to deal with to make home fuel accessible, notably to the facility vegetation.
Are you discussing with the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Firm, being a fuel producer, to help you in addressing the NDPHC’s fuel constraint?
With our present capability at NDPHC, we’d like near 1BCF (one billion cubic ft) of fuel, or round 825 million customary cubic ft for now. However what number of of that do now we have? We have now simply 325mmscf and out of this I’ve robust industrial association for under 140mmscf and that’s the so referred to as Acu-gas. Additionally, that’s the solely fuel contract you’ll be able to rely on for now as a result of they’re accessible and all the time present fuel. So I can speak about 140mmscf, others aren’t accessible and this once more is because of the industrial points within the worth chain. Nevertheless, now we have not stopped there, we’re partaking the NNPC. Only a few months again, we have been capable of attain some preparations the place they’d assist us discover about 225mmscf extra. It is because for all our energy vegetation within the West, about 5 of them, we’d like about 560mmscf to run them. In the meantime we solely have entry to about 110mmscf. We have now 60mmscf coming from Chevron, however now we have been in discussions with the NNPC and the officers have been very magnanimous when it comes to the way in which they reply to us. So we’re engaged on getting additional 225mmscf from the NNPC. The discussions are ongoing.
Individuals at instances say infrastructure can also be a constraint to fuel provide. Do you share this view?
Sure, as a result of now we have extra fuel within the Jap axis and so our different main constraint is infrastructure. If we had the transportation infrastructure throughout, we in all probability would be capable of transfer a few of our fuel, notably from Acu-gas. Our energy vegetation are stranded due to fuel constraint within the West. So these are a number of the points, however we’re working in direction of resolving them. Like I stated earlier, we’re discussing with the NNPC they usually’ve been fairly aware of our requests.
Are there another challenges chances are you’ll need to share?
Identical to I stated earlier, now we have about 4,000MW however not all of that is taken within the grid as a consequence of systemic issues. In case you test, a number of the days we do between 500MW and 700MW on the grid. That isn’t to say our machines are unhealthy, it’s due to transmission and distribution challenges. That is another excuse why the NDPHC has to additionally spend money on transmission and distribution to assist in the evacuation and distribution of electrical energy. In these areas too, NDPHC has executed vital work. We pleasure ourselves as having invested about 50 per cent of the transmission property throughout the nation. We have now invested closely in transmission and distribution property everywhere in the nation, in each state.
For the aim of our readers, are you able to inform us just a little concerning the NDPHC as an influence agency?
The NDPHC is an organization that belongs to the federation. It’s owned by the federal and state governments, as each state authorities is a shareholder within the NDPHC. We’re funded from the Extra Crude Account and so we belong to the federation. We’re named Niger Delta Energy Holding Firm as a result of the primary set of tasks we wished to do have been fuel thermal energy vegetation positioned close to the sources of fuel. So this was primarily based on the necessity to optimise our assets, so the vegetation have been sited all throughout the Niger Delta states, besides, in fact, Akwa Ibom, the place the Federal Authorities and the state appear to have some relationship in Ibom Energy. However we’re within the 9 Niger Delta states, plus Olorunsogo in Ogun State and Geregu in Kogi State. So, we aren’t simply within the Niger Delta states. As a matter of truth, our workplace is right here in Abuja and now we have tasks in transmission and distribution everywhere in the nation. I doubt if there’s a state or native authorities the place we should not have a distribution venture carried out since 2005. So we generate electrical energy and promote to the grid. Our industrial relationship is with NBET and, in fact, the transmission firm which has the infrastructure to evacuate the facility after which ship to varied distribution firms.
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