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Nigeria: John Holt to boost Independent Power Production

An Independent Power Plant.
An Independent Power Plant.

04 April 2015, Lagos – One of the conglomerates operating in Nigeria, John Holt Plc has announced plans to boost independent power production (IPP) with the introduction of its independent power plants unit.

According to the firm, it has the capacity to develop, build and manage power projects of all sizes, and supply power equipment such as transformers, hybrid generators, gas generators and pre-paid meters.

The company, in a statement, said the unit has a robust assortment of power services, including power plant management, energy audits, capacity building, technical training, power system redesign services and power management.

The statement indicated that the gas generators are fuelled by natural gas to produce electricity for homes and industries. The gas generators have proved to be a useful backup device for electricity provision when regular supply fails. The gas generators are dependable, cost effective and Eco- friendly.
It also stated that John Holt hybrid generators combine advanced generator technology with integrated renewable energy for the most fuel-efficient, off-grid power available.

It said the hybrid generator integrates solar panels and/or wind turbines seamlessly with the generator via direct connection with the inverter.
According to the company, the hybrid generator charges the batteries either through solar or wind turbines, public mains or by running the engine thereby consuming up to 90 per cent less fuel than a conventional generator.
“We have also introduced John Holt premier range of diesel generators covering models from 12.5kVA to 2,200kVA.

The premier range is powered by genuine Perkins engines (UK), manufactured to exacting standards by world class manufacturers in Europe and assembled by highly skilled team of technicians in compliance with the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP),” the company said.

The statement, which was signed by the Head of Production/Service, Mr. Ben Iheakam, stated that among several key features, the generators have an in-built automatic transfer switch (ATS) functions in the panel which with only minor electrical adjustments at minimal cost.

“It allows the generating set to either start or shut down automatically when power from the mains or another source fails or is restored”, he added.

Iheakam noted that the premier range of diesel generators also has a maintenance alarm which is programmed in the panel to beep and alert the user anytime the generating set is due for service maintenance.

“They are also equipped with accurate electronic fuel gauge, a feature which enables the user to ascertain the level of diesel in the base tank of the generator from the panel. The user can also pre-set the threshold level of diesel in the base tank at which the generator safely and automatically shuts down. With this feature, the generator will not run out of diesel, thus eliminating lost time, reducing wear and tear and associated costs resulting from ‘bleeding’ and other required remedial measures,” he said.

Ports Reforms to Deepen Private Sector Participation, Says BPE DG
The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Dikki, has said that the reforms in the port sector are geared towards deepening the private sector participation in Nigeria’s economy.
According to him, the reform has repositioned the ports as modern and efficient system to service the demands and exploit the opportunities of modern trade and sea freight.

Prior to the reform, the sector was characterised with infrastructure deficit, with a dominant public monopoly in charge of design, development, maintenance and operations of the ports.

In a statement issued in Abuja and signed by BPE Head, Public Communication, Mr. Chigbo Anichebe, the BPE boss said “The Nigerian Ports Authority’s governance framework at the time was characterised by unusual degree of centralisation, limited autonomy, government interference and burdensome bureaucratic structure. NPA’s role as a regulator and an operator was also confusing”.

Dikki explained that as a result of these anomalies, there was inefficiency in ports operations, with the attendant high cost of processing imported goods and the inability of Nigeria’s exports to compete in the international market.
“The ports were inefficient and unattractive to shippers and were bogged by long turnaround time for cargo and ships, insecurity of cargo, low productive labour force in NPA. The multiple government agencies in the ports also caused corrupt practices and excessive charges”, he said.

According to him, it was against that background and the recognition of the role of transport and ports in modern economic growth and development that the government undertook the reforms. At the moment, the Nigerian ports were in line with international best practices.

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