Nigeria power grid upgrade project to be completed in 2030

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Siemens Power, the German firm behind Nigeria’s Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), claims the deal to upgrade Nigeria power grid will be completed in 2030. Oladayo Orolu, Siemens Energy’s head of business development and government relations, said in the interview that the reconstruction and extension of Nigeria power grid, which was supposed to be completed by 2025, will now be completed in 2030. Oladayo Orolu revealed this in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday. They attributed the delays on the Covid-19 epidemic, which they claim impacted supply systems.

He said, “Delays in commencing the first phase hampered the three-phase project. When we conceptualized this project in 2018, our plan was to complete phase one in two years. But then Covid happened, upsetting supply chains, which meant obtaining raw materials took longer than expected.”

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Cost of Phase one of Nigeria power grid upgrade project

In 2022, phase one was projected to cost about €2 billion. The report stated that cost overruns had an impact on the project’s completion. As the estimated power output will increase by an additional 2,000 megawatts when phase one is completed by 2025. With the goal of phase 1 being to quickly rectify projects that will free up 2,000 megawatts.

Oladayo said, “We presently have 5000 and hope to increase it to 7,000, Prices are not at the same level as they used to be.  Some raw material component costs have been doubled. While others remain close to where they were previously, while others are only marginally higher.”

Earlier this year, Nairametrics reported that phase one of the Siemens power deal under the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) was 80% completed, according to the FGN Power Company. The pilot project, dubbed a “quick-win intervention strategy,” intends to solve immediate bottlenecks in Nigeria’s Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

The Managing Director of the FGN Power Company, Mr. Kenny Anuwe, delivered an update on the status of phase one of the Siemens power contract begun by the Muhammadu Buhari administration. He indicated that the project was 80% complete.