China announces entry into Nigerian Power sector

FOLLOWING the quest for increased power generation in Nigeria, especially through gas-fired power plants, the Chinese government through its China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) have concluded plans to establish presence in the Nigerian power sector through the manufacturing of natural gas engines.

The company  through its subsidiary, Jinan Diesel Engine Company Limited (JDEC), experts in gas to power solutions, said it will be providing natural gas engines, gas dual fuel engines and generating sets in Nigeria.

A wide range of gas engines and generating sets have also been developed using world advanced technology which are now available in the country through a strategic partnership agreement with Emel Advanced Power Solution (EAPS).

The selection offered by CNPC JDEC includes series 105,140, 190, 260 and 320 with a power range from 20KW to 7MW. “Recognising the vast demand for gas to power solutions in Nigeria, both for IPPS as well as industrial use, we have allocated significant resources towards rapidly establishing our presence in this market,” said Mr Qixun Song, General Manager of the Gas Engines Division of CNPC JDEC.

“We are already working with several large companies who are successfully utilising our natural gas generating sets for their manufacturing units.  We have a strong techno-commercial team on the ground and have set up a 24/7 after sales service centre dedicated to providing prompt back up and service to our customers.”

Commenting on CNPC JDEC’s partnership with EAPS, Mr Xuejiang Sun, Head of African Division, CNPC JDEC, said, “Our partners have a strong foothold in the Nigerian market and we are leveraging their ground level expertise and infrastructure to strengthen our capability and enhance our reach.  Through the joint efforts of our alliance, we are already equipped with a large inventory of gas engines, generating sets and spare parts and are well positioned to serve our customers at every stage of the value chain from marketing and sales to installation, technical training, operations & maintenance.”

CNPC JDEC’s high powered engines have been used successfully in several other countries for power generation.  Given Nigeria’s vast resources of natural gas, the company is confident that its solutions will provide a reliable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly remedy to the acute power shortage in the country.

JDEC was established in 1920, as China’s largest R&D comapny and manufacturer of off-highway, medium & large power engines.  The company, owned by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), has over 50 years of manufacturing experience with an extensive product range including diesel & natural gas engines, dual fuel engines, generating sets & oil drilling equipment.

The company’s annual production output is over 5,000 units and its products are sold to 32 provinces in China and exported to more than 50 countries worldwide.  JDEC’s high manufacturing standards and precision have enabled the company to achieve international standards of excellence including ISO9001, ISO4000, ISO8000, CE, CCS, UK AS, French BV and Russian RS certification.

CNPC is China’s largest oil and gas producer and supplier, as well as one of the world’s major oilfield service providers and a globally reputed contractor in engineering construction, while EAPS is part of the Emel Group, a leading business conglomerate operating in Nigeria for over four decades.

The Group has a major presence across diverse sectors including Consumer Products, Corporate Services and Infrastructure. The company offers the complete range of power products including solar panels, natural gas generators, inverters, gasoline and diesel generators, water pumps and multi-purpose engines and is also a consultant to the Federal Ministry of Renewable Energy.

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