FG, French firm train 20 power in­stall­ers at Kainji

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and a team of power ex­pa­tri­ates from France were ex­pected to have to­day com­menced train­ing for 20 in­stall­ers drawn from the gen­er­a­tion, trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion value-chain. The train­ing is hold­ing at the Power Train­ing Cen­tre, Kainji, Niger State.

Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the Na­tional Power Train­ing In­sti­tute of Nige­ria (NAPTIN), Engr. Reuben Okeke, told the media last Thurs­day in Abuja that NAPTIN is part­ner­ing with TE Con­nec­tiv­ity, an orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer (OEM) to train 20 in­stall­ers and join­t­ers from var­i­ous power firms.

“From there, we will quickly ex­pand the train­ing to our other fa­cil­i­ties where we can reach a broader au­di­ence. There has al­ready been a strong re­sponse and we are ex­cited to see this pro­gramme ex­pand,” he said.

Okeke, who dis­closed that gov­ern­ment is tar­get­ing 5,000 megawatts by early 2016 said, “All in­stal­la­tions’ joints that are not prop­erly fit­ted con­sti­tute tech­ni­cal losses. So ex­per­tise train­ing is im­por­tant to en­sure that joints are well fit­ted and they do not over­heat. This will help to re­duce the energy losses to the barest min­i­mum.”

NAPTIN said the pro­gramme, which would be repli­cated to train more hands in the in­dus­try, would help to re­duce the sig­nif­i­cant tech­ni­cal losses ex­pe­ri­enced across the elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion value-chain.

TE Con­nec­tiv­ity’s Head of Energy Pro­ject in Nige­ria, Ron­nie Fother­ing­ham, ex­plained that as the gov­ern­ment of Nige­ria in­vests in up­grad­ing and ex­pand­ing the power net­work, it also needs to in­vest in its peo­ple by de­vel­op­ing the skills and ex­per­tise re­quired to de­velop and main­tain that net­work.

Engr. Okeke said with more in­vest­ments in the 10 Na­tional In­te­grated Power Plants (NIPPs) and from other in­vestors in the sec­tors, there is a huge need to have com­men­su­rate power in­stall­ers, which in­formed the part­ner­ship.

He noted that the 11 elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies (Dis­cos) would re­quire 6,069 trained power fit­ters, join­t­ers and li­nes­men by 2020 to match the tar­get of 20,000mw in the na­tion’s pri­va­tised power sec­tor.

Specif­i­cally, the Dis­cos would need 685 ca­ble join­t­ers, 741 elec­tri­cal fit­ters and 4,643 li­nes­men by 2020 when power gen­er­a­tion is ex­pected to have hit 20,000mw, Engr. Okeke ex­plained.

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