Richard Ginika Izuora
General Electric is bringing a bouquet of energy mix options to Nigeria, as the country targets to double renewable energy in 2023 targeting about 76,000 new jobs.
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Mojindadi, president and chief executive officer, GE Nigeria asserted that GE is uniquely positioned through its portfolio of technologies to help Nigeria address her energy ambitions.
Mojindadi, said that its intervention in the Nigeria’s energy transition space will help the country seamlessly realise its objectives in real time given the company’s strong local presence across gas, grid and renewables.
The company has over time executed key projects and boosts of the largest thermal installed base in Nigeria.
Its Onshore Wind Offshore Wind Hydro alongside Small Modular Reactor Gas Fired Power Hydrogen in Gas Turbine Storage & Hybrids Grid Solutions gives the company the edge and indeed well positioned to help the transition drive in the country.
A report has shown that Nigeria has the fastest renewable energy sector job growth that should more than double in 2023; jobs are expected to exceed 76,000, up from 32,000 in 2019, overtaking the oil and gas sector.
This is according to a report done by Power for All, the global campaign to end energy poverty, in collaboration with Clean Technology Hub Nigeria.
The report is titled “Powering Jobs Census 2022: The Energy Access Workforce Nigeria,” was launched on September 30.
The study shows Nigeria has built a strong market position in decentralised renewable energy (DRE) and is poised to reap the benefits as it addresses energy poverty and rural unemployment.
According to the report, the DRE sector in Nigeria has been growing rapidly and delivering clean and affordable energy, particularly to remote rural communities and is now also a major source of good and stable jobs, nearly matching those in the county’s oil and gas sector.
The DRE sector, which includes pico-solar appliances, solar home systems (SHS), and commercial and industrial (C&I) standalone systems, currently employs 50,000 people compared to 65,000 in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
Furthermore, the demand for DRE prod- ucts in the country is expected to create more than 76,000 new jobs by 2023. This is over twice the number of DRE jobs created in 2019 as reported in the Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce report.
“This report is coming at a very auspicious time because with the very recent release of Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan, the report provides a great opportunity for decisions makers in government as well as industry actors to apply a job and economic growth lens in implementing the plan. This #PoweringJobs report makes this easier because it provides the data, and the numbers for what is possible when decentralized renewables is a core part of the transition,” notes Ifeoma Malo, CEO of Clean Technology Hub.
Malo explained that producing the report involved “surveys sent out to local developers in Nigeria, over a period of three months with detailed questions.
“Each of the renewable energy compa- nies or practitioners had to answer about 50 questions and the number of companies survived were over 100.”
Our Correspondent reports that with the world’s largest installed base of gas turbines and more than 670 million operating hours across GE’s installed fleet, the firm offer advanced technology and a level of experience that’s unmatched in the industry to build, operate, and maintain leading gas power plants.
Also, GE Vernova, a dynamic accelerator comprised of its Power, Renewable Energy, Digital and Energy Financial Services businesses, focuses on supporting customers’ transformations during the global energy transition.