Siemens restates commitment to Nigeria’s power sector
By Joseph BAMIDELE
LAGOS: Siemens Limited Nigeria has said it has a full commitment to operate in Nigeria and contribute its quota to the development of the Nigerian economy and its people.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Limited, Mr. Michael Lakota, said this while addressing newsmen in Lagos on his recent appointment as the firm’s Managing Director in Nigeria. He described Nigeria as a dynamic market, and promised to work towards boosting the country’s image at Siemens AG (its parent company).
Lakota said the firm was currently operating in four major sectors comprising: Energy, Industry, Health and Infrastructure development.
“In our company, we will train our people to deliver quality jobs and the right standards,” he said.
According to him, the firm is working towards contribution its 10 gigabytes power generation, which was the essence of the Memorandum of Understanding recently signed with the Federal Government.
The Siemens boss said, “Our main focus in Nigeria is power. We can provide world-class technology for generation, transmission and distribution.”
He added the professionalism was key to helping Nigeria achieve major feats in the power sector, stressing that there was no need for the country to have turbines and power plants that are currently non-functional considering the high energy need of the country.
Restating the firm’s policy, he said, “We won’t sell our future for short-term profits.”
The firm, he noted, is currently putting finishing touches to couple of its power projects at Geregu power plant, Lekki, among others.
Last year, the firm had announced plans to build a new service workshop for heavy duty gas turbines in Nigeria as a commitment to the country’s power sector reform.
The firm said that it would also support Nigeria with a study on the integration of renewable in the country`s energy mix, according to a statement on Tuesday.
President Goodluck Jonathan, the then Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, and an attached high-ranking political and industrial delegation, had visited the Siemens gas turbine factory in Berlin in April last year.
Hence, an agreement was signed between the company and the Ministry of Power in order to strengthen their strategic partnership.
“Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens will on a case-by-case basis consider to support the financing of power plant projects in Nigeria. Furthermore, the Nigerian company, Scanpower and Siemens signed a technical partnership agreement for the construction of a 1,600 megawatts gas turbine power station at Lekki in Lagos state,” the firm had stated.
Siemens had said then that a reliable and affordable supply of electricity is the decisive factor in further developing Nigeria´s economy and society.
Siemens has already delivered gas turbines for the power stations Afam V and Geregu I, which ranks among the most reliable and available plants in this country.