By Adewale Sanyaolu

As part of efforts to support Nigeria’s energy transition plans, General Electric(GE) has assured that it was ready to provide cutting edge technologies to support the country to improve and strengthen its grid infrastructure.

According to GE,part of its agenda for Nigeria was also to help reduce reliance on diesel generators by improving access and efficiency of thermal assets, diversifying the energy mix especially with hydropower and provide the technical expertise required to support industrialisation and the energy transition.

The energy giant agenda for the country to achieve a robust energy transition plan was disclosed by GE Nigeria President and Sales Director, Anglophone and Francophone Africa, GE Gas Power, Mr. Mohammed Mijindadi, at  the sidelines of the 9th edition of the Nigeria Energy Conference with the theme ‘‘Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy through Collaboration’’ which held recently in Lagos.

GE further reiterated its commitment to support a robust, timely, just, and inclusive energy transition and implementation of power services as it plans for improved energy access for Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Speaking further on GE’s support for the energy transition and decarbonisation in sub-Saharan Africa, Mijindadi highlighted the company’s continued investments in research and development to provide power solutions that meet the growing energy needs of different countries.

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 “With one-third of the world’s electricity generated with the help of our technology, GE understands that the power sector serves as a model for other industries around the world.

We believe that lower-carbon solutions, such as renewable energy supported by gas power, can contribute to a more decarbonized energy future thus offering customised technologies for countries. So far, we have installed over 100 power plants across renewables, gas, and steam plants, generating power in up to 22 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa” he added.

GE, he said, is committed to supporting the next evolution of Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy system and believes that the accelerated and strategic deployment of renewables and gas power can change the trajectory for climate change in the region’s future energy mix while spurring industrialization and addressing climate change ambitions.

GE, he said, delivers across the entire energy ecosystem from generation to transmission and distribution and throughout Nigeria, saying GE-built technologies are supported by local service and maintenance teams from the company to ensure access to reliable and sustainable energy.

Recent successes include the successful rehabilitation of Niger Delta Power Holding Company’s (NDPHC) Power Plants in Calabar and Sapele, enabling the plants to reliably secure and restore the supply of up to 360 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid, the equivalent electricity needed to power approximately two million Nigerian homes.

According to the Africa Energy outlook 2022, Africa accounts for less than 3 per cent of the world’s energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to date and has the lowest emissions per capita of any region.

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