Nigeria is to work closely with China for the production of Nigerian-made transformers by 2020, the Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Mohammed Haruna, said on Thursday.
Haruna, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said the aim of the partnership was to put an end to the power supply challenge in the country.
According to him, the partnership with the Chinese government will witness the setting-up of a factory in Nigeria for the production of transformers which will begin in 2020.
He said that on that score, NASENI would look forward to launching made-in-Nigeria transformers soon.
He said that the partnership would see more than $307.5m used to implement three main projects critical to addressing Nigeria’s power needs, namely: electric power transformer production as well as the establishment of both a high voltage testing laboratory and the setting-up of solar cell production facility.
According to him, 60 Nigerian engineers and technicians are currently undergoing training in China to gain knowledge on transformer technology, production, installation, and maintenance.
“When we started in 2010, we went to China as a result of the open door and collaborative policy of the Chinese government, which introduced the Chinese African Development Fund.
“As a result of that collaboration, we currently have 60 qualified engineers and technicians in China training to specialise in all the aspects of this production at the China Great Wall Industry Corporation.
“The second component of this collaboration is high voltage technology because currently in Nigeria, it is only at the University of Lagos that has high voltage technology centre for testing equipment in the power sector.
“The final component is, we are manufacturing solar modules in Karshi, but we import certain raw materials.
“The most important raw material – the solar cells – are not produced in Nigeria.
“The Chinese are providing this support, In fact, 85 per cent (or 261.4 million dollars) of the funds required for the three projects is being provided by the Chinese government through the CADFund.
“These are what the collaboration is all about and it is very good for Nigeria because it will help us produce substantial components of local content in the power sector,” Haruna said.