The Federal Government has announced its intention to partner with Egypt in the areas of technical assistance in the transmission and distribution of electricity in Nigeria.
Energy Minister Abubakar Aliyu made the announcement during a meeting with Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria Ihad Awad at the Federal Ministry of Energy headquarters in Abuja.
Aliyu, in a statement released by the Ministry of Energy, said the partnership would boost the development needs of both countries by improving electricity supply, including renewables in Nigeria and Egypt.
The statement read in part: “Aliyu further stated that the planned areas of cooperation between the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Electricity could include the provision of technical support in transmission and distribution networks.
Others include “smart grid and promotion of renewable energy system in electricity sector, both on-grid and off-grid”.
The Minister told his guests that the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that Nigerians receive an efficient power supply.
He informed the meeting that the government had signed a power project agreement with Germany-based company Siemens AG in 2019 and that the agreement brought together the Nigerian Ministry of Energy, the Bureau of Public Enterprises and the Nigerian Energy Commission. electricity regulations.
Other participants in the deal, according to Aliyu, include the Transmission Company of Nigeria and power distribution companies.
He said the deal would supply up to 25,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid in phases and expressed the federal government’s desire for more such partners.
In response, the Egyptian ambassador said that Egypt and Nigeria will complement each other through the planned cooperation.
Awad said that the Egyptian Embassy and the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy were working towards a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Energy.
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