Have you ever imagined that the Nigerian power distribution and transmission capacity is up to 5,000 and 7,000 megawatts of electricity respectively? Then you probably attended this year’s edition of the Power Nigeria Exhibition & Conference. After seven years of remarkably impacting Nigeria’s energy sector, Power Nigeria again gathered industry experts at the Landmark Centre from September 24-26, to set the agenda and establish conversations on ways to improve the power sector.
As the largest power and renewable energy event in West Africa, Power Nigeria brought together thought leaders and experts from the energy sector to emphasize on Nigeria’s potential and ambitions for the coming years, as well as to meet manufacturers and suppliers from over 24 different countries – all of whom displayed their innovative products and solutions. The three-day CPD Certified Conference also highlighted how certain elements such as adequate financing, effective procurement strategies and digitization, can enable a more profitable, resilient and agile energy sector. Panel discussions acknowledged issues plaguing the sector such as legacy debt of over 300 billion Naira, a lack of trust between DisCos and end-users as well as failure to adopt digitalization.
Commenting on the Power Nigeria Exhibition & Conference, Group Exhibition Director, Informa Markets, Gareth Rapley stated that advanced operational practices in the power sector may seem like an oxymoron, but Power Nigeria is a frontier for innovation in the sector. He said, “There is pressure from various angles operating in a market-driven by risk and money. However, our purpose is to provide a strong international offering within the energy utility market. Power Nigeria is playing a pivotal role in terms of what we are trying to develop when it comes to Africa and I believe this year was reflective of all our efforts.”
With a host of companies such as Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN); Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC); Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC); Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC); Eko Electricity Distribution Company; IKEJA Electric; Ibadan Electric Distribution Company (IBEDC), amongst others who supported Power Nigeria this year, they each came with various messages which inspired learning, knowledge exchange and solutions showcase to meet the challenges of the sector.
Let’s also not forget the big announcement on the rebrand of Power Nigeria to Nigeria Energy in 2020! Indeed, greater times ahead. Here are some pictures below to give your memory a boost!