Siemens Energy has pledged its commitment to deploying some of its over 26,000 patents around renewable energy technology to support and deliver Nigeria’s discussion on the Energy Transition Plan(ETP).
Mr. Christian Bruch, Chief Executive Officer Siemens Energy made this commitment when he led a delegation from Siemens Energy to the office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Prof. Osinbajo, in a statement released on Saturday by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President obtained by EnergyDay said the Nigerian Government looks forward to partnering with energy companies and other key stakeholders worldwide to deliver its ETP.
According to him, Siemens Energy “has shown itself to be a good partner with the Presidential Power Initiative,” and a lot more can be achieved “if we work together with the groups and teams we have already, to take this forward,” referring to the ETP.
While addressing one of the major issues about the call for transitioning to renewable energy, the VP reaffirmed that gas would be necessary for Nigeria’s transition.
Osinbajo said, “We have gas and it is not just an answer for power, but also for clean cooking. Clean cooking is a major component of our National Development Contributions and we are trying to transition from rural areas where kerosene is used, where firewood is used to Liquified Petroleum Gas, LPG.”
The Vice President further noted that besides technical discussions in implementing the plan, there’s a “need for political discussions which is why COP-27 is important for us.
”For African Countries, we have the Kigali Communique which addressed many of the important issues for us.
EnergyDay’s check showed that during the global SEforALL Forum in Kigali in May 2022, Ministers and high-level representatives from Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, and seven other African countries through the Kigali Communique raised seven key principles to address development gaps and to put Africa on a pathway, aligned with the Paris Agreement on climate change, to economic prosperity and Net-Zero.
Professor Osinbajo in the conversation with the Siemens CEO said, “One of the important issues is that energy access is key. We can’t talk about net zero by 2060 without addressing the fundamental question of energy access for millions of our people who don’t have access. This is tied to poverty and development.”
The Nigeria Vice President acknowledged that Siemens Energy’s “expertise and technology will be helpful in the process we are undergoing and I look forward to your input.
Prof. Osinbajo however solicited for collaboration and cooperation with Siemens and cooperation to fully achieve ETP.
Mr. Bruch, CEO of Siemens in his response while applauding the Vice President’s role in championing the transition plan, said that his company is ready to work with Nigeria on the ETP.
He noted that Siemens Energy is “fully committed to supporting Nigeria’s discussion on Energy Transition” adding that the company has a lot of technology to bring to the table “with around 26,000 patents around technology.”
According to him, “energy transition is a relatively complex matter which combines affordability, sustainability and security of supply. We have learned that every region and every country must have a different plan because conditions are different.
“Diversity in the plan is required, also diversity of solutions. There is no silver bullet to drive the energy transition. It requires people to come together to discuss plans and solutions.
Other members of the delegation include the Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar as well as the Director-General, Climate Change Council, Dr. Salisu Dahiru.
From Siemens’ Energy, Ms. Nadja Haakansson, Managing Director for Siemens Energy Hub Africa; Seun Sulieman, Managing Director for Siemens Energy Nigeria; Sean Manley, Project Director for the Presidential Power Initiative as well as other top executives.