Category: Power Generation

Bayelsa To Refurbish Imiringi Gas Turbine Plant, Build New Ones

…. As Foreign Partners Inspect Imiringi Gas Turbine

The Bayelsa State Government says it has commenced the process of refurbishing the Kolo Creek Gas Turbine plant at Imiringi, in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state..

It has also indicated its intention to build new gas turbine plants to create an enabling environment for the growth of electric-power-driven and dependent industries in the state.

The Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made this known, on Wednesday, when he received a business delegation from Jumboogois Global Services Limited and their foreign partners in Government House, Yenagoa.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who expressed delight that the energy consultancy firm was able to move down with its partners from the Republic of China, to assess the gas turbine at Imiringi, said there could be no industrialization without sustainable and adequate power supply.

According to him, government is prepared to leverage on the liberalization of the power sector and take full advantage of the abundant natural gas reserves in the state to build additional power plants to meet the growing energy needs of the people.

The Deputy Governor maintained that the Imiringi Gas Turbine alone could no longer supply the volume of electricity demanded in the state in view of the expansion of the distribution network covering several communities previously not connected to the grid.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo explained that government had already signed a memoranda of understanding (MoU) with the firm as part of its commitment to the project geared towards improving power generation and distribution in the state.

He, therefore, called on Jumboogois Global Services Limited to expedite action on the refurbishment of the gas turbine and the local assembling of pre-paid meters for electricity consumers.

His words: “We are going to latch in on the opportunity created by the law in the power sector. Bayelsa is in a hurry to develop, so we are excited about this project. The Kolo Creek Gas Turbine is among the first of such plants established in Nigeria.

“Power is productivity, and productivity is progress. There is no industrialization that can take place without power. As a government, we are happy that a son of the soil is spearheading this project, and we are quite encouraged by the steps taken so far.

“You talked about the issue of smart prepaid meters. The prepaid meter is another way of making sure that we do not only generate revenue but also ensure that people will get value for money.

“I also think that the power needs of the state is beyond the Imiringi Gas Turbine, as it is now. So, we should be looking at establishing another gas turbine in the state because Bayelsa is gas, and gas is Bayelsa State.”

Earlier, the Managing Director of Jumboogois Global Services Limited, Mr. Timipere Gilbert Ogoibiri, said the firm and its foreign partners had inspected the state-owned Kolo Creek Gas Turbine plant, as part of the MoU that was signed in January this year.

Mr. Ogoibiri, who noted that the company was quite impressed with what government had done so far, adding that they were also working towards the assembly plant for prepaid meters in line with its MoU with government.

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Chinese Firm to Establish Smart Metering Plant In Bayelsa

A Chinese high-tech company, Clou, and its Nigerian partners, Jumbo Goois Global Services, are set to establish a smart prepaid metering   assembly factory in Bayelsa State.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jumbo Goois Global Services, Mr. Timipre Ogoibiri, who led the delegation, disclosed this in Government House, Yenagoa, during a presentation to Governor Douye Diri on Tuesday.
Presenting the company’s plan for the proposed project, the Head of Operations, Dr. Chris Osazuwa, said the specification of the meters were unique and would meet the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) standard.

Dr. Osazuwa said the prepaid meter was designed to function remotely, where a token can recharge the device from any location.

He also stated that the project was capable of engaging 1000 engineering and non-engineering graduates.
While requesting for the state government to provide the enabling environment for the project, he commended Governor Diri for the level of security witnessed in the state.
He said: “At the moment, the specification of the prepaid meter we are going to be producing for Bayelsa, only that of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company is close to it.

“What we have designed is similar to the type in Ghana. It is capable of blocking any revenue leakages and these meters can communicate remotely. It means you can vend from your smartphone wherever you are and it recharges.
“Our first order is about 1500 of both single and three-phase prepaid meters. That would give us the opportunity to come and build an assembling plant here.

“Bayelsans would be employed. About 1000 youths, engineering and non-engineering graduates. What we are asking for is just the enabling environment.

“There is a whole lot that this meter can do. The first phase is pre-installation. Meaning we are going to engage about 500 youths to carry out enumeration of houses that would be keyed into the server.” 
Responding, Governor Douye Diri said  his government had opened its doors to development and investment partners.

He expressed the optimism that the partnership would bring a turning point in power as well as the economy of the state.
Recalling his administration’s recent agreement with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on power consumption, Governor Diri noted that electricity was not free.
He emphasised that the only way 24-hour electricity can be sustained was for consumers to pay for their consumption. 

He called on Bayelsans that yearn for 24-hour power supply to brace up for payment of electricity bills.
His words: “We welcome you because we have opened our doors and our state for investments with our two arms. We believe this will be a turning point in power and the economy of our state.

“I recall that just a week ago we signed a power purchase and consumption agreement with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board. And I made it clear that electricity is not free. The only way we can sustain power for 24 hours is for its consumption to be paid for.”

Diri frowned on the controversy over estimated billing, which he said over the years had caused friction between consumers and distributors of power.
He called on the company not to join in producing over-estimated meters but give the state a product that would give value for money.

Daniel Alabrah 
Chief Press Secretary
to Bayelsa State Governor 
September 14, 2021

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Bayelsa, NCDMB Sign Power Supply Agreement

Bayelsa State Government and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) have entered into a purchase agreement to ensure regular power supply to the Government House complex in Yenagoa and environs.

NCDMB operates a 10-megawatt gas-powered independent plant located at Elebele in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
At the signing ceremony inside the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House on Wednesday, Governor Douye Diri described power as crucial to the development of any society.

He noted that the state was blessed with abundant gas resources, which had been largely under-utilised.
He stressed that his administration was determined to use the resources of the state for the benefit of the people. 
The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the importance of power cannot be over-emphasised as it has the capacity to improve the economic fortunes of any society.
Governor Diri appreciated the  NCDMB management and other partners that made the agreement possible, saying it was a sign of good things to come.

The state helmsman called on private investors to explore the abundance of natural gas in the state, saying the government was ready to partner with such investors to make power and other amenities available to the people.  
He called for the metering of power consumers so as end estimated billing and make payment of bills easier and more acceptable by people of the state. 

His words: “My administration is committed to providing power to people of the state. One of the first creations of God was light. So, we are delighted to talk about power. 
“We have taken bold steps and today is one of the manifestations with this agreement. I call on private investors to explore the abundance of gas resources in the state. We are ready to partner with them. My administration is poised to provide power to light up Bayelsa State.

“I commend my brother, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, for his sagacity and commitment to impact on the environment of his organisation.
“Let me also appreciate the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and other partners that made this possible. We must pay for power. Even in Freetown, nothing is free.”

In his remarks, the NCDMB Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote, said the event marked the formal execution of the power purchase project. 
He described the agreement as a major  milestone given the importance of power to government and the state at larger.

Wabote noted that with the agreement, it is clear the state can enjoy uninterrupted power supply given its huge gas deposits. 

He said Bayelsa  has the capacity to produce 1.5million standard cubic feet of gas daily as the state with perhaps the highest gas deposit in the country.

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