The Federal Government of Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese TBEA Co to build transmission lines and substations in Nigeria to keep up with the growing energy demand.

The Nigerian government was represented by the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, who signed the MoU in Abuja, Ventures Africa reported.

Wakil stated that after infrastructure developments, continuous support is crucial to drive development of the sector, urging the TBEA to fulfil their earlier promise of developing a transformer manufacturing facility in Nigeria.

In addition, Wakil highlighted the necessity for the Chinese firm to stimulate local job creation and capacity building.

Nigeria has a population of 174 million and growing, with a generation capacity below 6 000MW. Local businesses are forced to generate their own power which generally involves high costs and heavy fuel. Infrastructure improvements will contribute to the overall power system, enabling a solid foundation on which to continue building.

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.