The outgoing government of the day may not have been able to do enough in the aspect of exploring the alternative means of power generation, but in the last four years, that is since 2011, the Lagos State Government has been able to lessen the burning of fossil fuels which has had correlative reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the state.
Throughout his administration, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has being making significantly sterling moves to augment the federal government’s effort to improve power supply in the country, especially in the area of embedded generation. This translated to, virtually, all government facility now relying mainly on embedded power generation through gas-powered plants in the State.
The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, corroborated this when he confirmed in a statement that some electricity consumers in Lagos State now get 18-hour uninterrupted power supply.
This emanates from the successfully completed electricity generation projects of three (3) power plants – AES Barge, Akute Power, Island Power Project and one transformer factory – El Sewedy transformer factory brought about by Public Private Partnership (PPP).
Since 2010, The Akute Independent Power Project which has the capacity to generate 12.15MW, has being supplying electricity to the Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) and this has ensured that the Lagos Water Corporation maintain its steady supply capacity of over 130 million gallons of water on a daily basis (which 80% of the water supply to Lagos). This in reality is quite commendable.
Sometimes in October 2014, Governor Fashola officially switched on the state’s 8.8MW Mainland Independent Power Plant. This now currently provides electricity to all Lagos State Government (LASG) facilities within the Old Secretariat vicinity and Ikeja Government Residential Area (GRA). These facilities include Lagos State University Teaching hospital (LASUTH), High Courts, water work, Old Secretariat complex and over 20KM public lighting for major popular streets in the metropolis.
Besides,the Peninsula Integrated Power Project (PIPP) also supplies electricity with its 6MW generation capacity for the Lagos State Government (LASG) water works and public lighting within Lekki, Victoria Island and Ikoyi. it also in addition to supplying government facility in major streets in the aforementioned areas, it also caters for the newly constructed Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge.
IPP Capacity = 57.35MW
No OF GENERATORS ERADICATED: 258 (approximately 87.6MW)
ANNUAL REDUCTION OF CO2 EMISSIONS: 983,950,848 lbs
This project will provide 24 hours of uninterrupted power supply to crucial Lagos State facilities within the health, education, security, water, waste management, judicial, sport and transportation sectors in Lagos Island. The project has extended the IPP distribution network from 18KM (Phase I) to 57KM. It has also increased the number of LASG facilities connected to the plant from 10 facilities to 38 facilities and public lighting network from 12.6KM to 70.7KM. All the power plants run on natural gas thereby reducing carbon emissions and promoting a safer and cleaner environment.
The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Taofiq Tijani assured that these projects can guarantees 24-hour electricity power supply to these public institutions.
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and its implementing agency, the Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB), are really championing the campaign for energy conservation as Tijani emphasised that the campaign is intended to enable more residents to be well-informed about the benefits of energy conservation.
The Energy Conservation Month initiative was launched last year as a Behavioural Change Campaign to instil the habit of efficient use of electric power in residents. The campaign, dubbed “Conserve Energy, Save Money,” runs throughout the 31 days in the month, during which the benefits of efficient use of available power are espoused to the residents.
Tijani revealed that the Lagos Energy Academy would be commissioned during the month, explaining that the academy was an initiative of the Lagos State government in partnership with Siemens AG and Lagos Eko Project, established as a centre of excellence in energy training and education, research and innovation in Nigeria.
‘‘The training facility will combine classroom-based training with comprehensive hands-on vocational training to produce young, skilled individuals to meet the skilled labour requirements of the energy sector and also act as a platform to upscale the skill levels of existing power sector technicians’’, he said.
The Peninsula Independent Power project, located in the Lekki Peninsula area of the state, is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Lagos State Government (LASG) and Peninsula Integrated Power Limited which seeks to provide alternative solutions to the inconsistent Power supply from the national grid.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director/CEO of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, said Heritage Bank’s involvement in the Project Finance facility granted to the Peninsula Independent Power Project, for businesses and industries around Lekki Peninsula, would create multiple economic advantages for the benefits of vast majority of its stakeholders.
The bank intends to offer its expertise in ingenious financial support and advisory services on investment, project finance, business expansion, modernization, production process & capacity improvement and restructurings to the execution of the project.
According to him, “the Project Finance facility granted to the Peninsula Independent Power Project was to set up a 8.5 Megawatts Captive Power Generating Plant with a 22km Distribution Network which has the potential of upgrading to a 25MW power generating plant that will run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).”
Also recently it was announced that Lagos government in collaboration with UK Department for International Development (DFID) to provide a Sustainable Renewable Energy Solutions for 172 Schools and 11 Primary Health Care Centers with “a clean, reliable energy services to currently under-served communities in Lagos State”. This was after the State’s Electricity Board had carried out an energy audit exercise of the 172 Public Schools across 20 zones comprising six educational districts in the State.
In all, there is no gainsaying that Fashola’s outgoing administration is living the dream of seeing Lagos residents utilize power generated with conservative efficiency, substantiating his support for the deregulation of the power sector nationwide.
Although the overall efforts is not far-reaching in terms of providing electricity directly to the residents, in terms of direct consumption for homesteads, but some areas have always been guaranteed of at most 18 hours power supply, in good times, despite this duration being a far cry from general expectations of the consumers. This especially comes from the excesses in generation, in the Alausa environs.