On Tuesday, African power figures from across the continent gathered to celebrate those who have made a significant contribution to the West African power sector within the past year at the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) held at the Eko Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, a statement said by the host organisers.

With the region constantly jumping hurdles from poverty, disease and political struggles the utilities have never given up, continuously striving to improve the well beings of their people by driving equal access to safe, reliable and clean energy.

The awards wanted to highlight those who have persevered through the tough times and who now shine amongst the stars for their efforts.

The categories of the awards include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Woman in Power
  • Best Rural Electrification Project
  • Best Renewable Energy Project
  • Power Transaction of the Year
  • Excellence in Power Transmission or Distribution
  • Excellence in Power Generation

And the awards go to…

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Professor Bart Okechukwu Nnaji, Chairman and CEO of Geometric Power have made significant transformations to the Ni

Bart Nnaji

gerian energy sector, where he encouraged the upliftment of the socio-economic status in the South-East regions of Nigeria.

Photograph: Award to Professor Bart Okechukwu Nnaji,Chairman and CEO of Geometric Power: Handed out by Andrew Alli CEO Africa Finance Corporation , Nigeria

Outstanding Woman in Power

Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Coordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, has created a name for herself by utilising her economic expertise within the energy sector to make it as transparent and credible as possible for the country to feel secure about the work being done.

Best Rural Electrification Project

Solar Light Company works in West African countries installing solar systems which can be disseminated to remote rural communities who do not have access to the national grid. The systems can provide power for certain medical technologies, lighting and water pumps for agricultural land.

Best Renewable Energy Project

Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions has given their full attention to providing power to the farming community in Ofosu who do not have access to the national grid. They plan to develop a biomass plant which can be fuelled by the community’s natural waste from the farmland.

Power Transaction of the Year

Transcorp Ughelli Power has partnered with General Electric to expand and improve the current power generation capacity of the Ughelli power plant by 1000MW over the next 3 to 5 years. These large undertakings will dramatically improve the power supply to consumers.

Excellence in Power Transmission or Distribution

ABB has been awarded US$ 40-million to develop a high-voltage power transmission corridor in Abuja, Nigeria in attempts to improve the power infrastructure and overall power situation in the country. This will allow telecommunication companies to further expand their services to a wider audience which will contribute to economic growth and drive trade and communication.

Excellence in Power Generation

Seven Energy’s Uquo Gas Processing Facility has contributed about 10 percent to Nigeria’s power generation and will continue to develop and expand to increase this number.

It is important to acknowledge the hard work which is being done within the sector and give recognition to those individuals who go the extra mile to improve the current energy situation in Africa.

Irene Ochem, WAPIC programme director said:

‘The judges had a difficult time choosing between all the worthy finalists. It is wonderful to see such inspiring developments that are happening in this region and that Nigeria is taking such a pioneering role. The power sector is not looking back anymore but rather forging ahead and pushing boundaries. This bodes well for the future of the West African region’.