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Germany endorses Nigeria energy programmes

12 February 2016, 18:09Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - Germany State Secretary, Stephan Steinlein, said assured Nigeria of his country’s determination to complement efforts to boost the country’s energy supply.

He thus urged the country to make the most of the “Hermes” tool – export credit guarantees – for public tenders to six sub-Saharan countries, including Nigeria.

“I would like to invite you all to consider this offer,” he said in Abuja during the ninth annual conference of the German-Nigerian energy partnership.

“I can also assure you that we will continue to engage bilaterally on further steps to remove bottlenecks to investment and on other ways to facilitate Nigeria’s transition to a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy and electricity supply.”

Steinlein expressed pleasure at the cooperation between the two countries in the sector over the years.

He said with the support of their colleagues from the German development agency, GIZ, the Nigerian Government had developed a reliable framework for investment in renewables.

The member companies of the Nigerian German Energy Partnership have equally contributed.

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Last week, the first official solar independent power producer (IPP) licence was issued for the 125 MW Kankiya solar power plant in Katsina State.

It is one of the flagship projects of the partnerships, in which several German companies are involved.

“I understand the next logical step will be the finalisation of a power purchase agreement. After signature, this will serve as a blueprint for future solar plants. I am confident that this will greatly contribute to the increasing roll-out of renewables in Nigeria,” said Steinlein.

In his address, he noted over the last two years, the Nigeria had finalised its renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, developed a comprehensive finance mechanism for renewables and set up a rural electrification fund, capitalised with funds from the national budget

Nigeria has strengthened the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria and trained over 2 000 locals in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

“And these are just a few examples."

In all these areas, Nigerian policymakers have cooperated very closely with German experts and the Nigerian Energy Support Programme.“

In my opinion, this collaborative effort between government, development agencies and the private sector is an achievement that we should maintain and build on.”

- CAJ News


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