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Date: January 15, 2016

Inventory of transformers in Akwa Ibom State

AKS transformer locationsThe project to obtain a comprehensive inventory of electricity distribution transformers in Akwa Ibom State  has been completed. The project was sponsored by Ibom Power Company in partnership with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Power and SPIDER Solutions Nigeria supported the project by developing thematic maps showing the spatial locations of transformers in all local government areas in the State. Other information obtained in the inventory exercise include the ratings, operational status, owners (donors), etc. This inventory will guide relevant government agencies in making decisions on the allocation, installation, and replacement of transformer so that government can adequately plan on improving electricity supply in the state



Date: December 12, 2015

External Consultants Bag PhDs.

The Management of SPIDER Solutions Nigeria felicitates with two of her Consultants who have completed their doctoral programmes. Dr. Omotola Awojobi has been awarded a Ph.D. in Public Economics from University of Northern Cyprus while Dr. Simplice Asongu has a Ph.D. in Economics from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.

Date: June 19, 2015

SPIDER Solutions Nigeria article published by Elsevier in Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

An article authored by the Director of Research of SPIDER Solutions Nigeria (Mr. Uduak Akpan) has been published by Elsevier in Socio-Economic Planning Sciences Journal. The abstract of the article is given below: This study examines the least-cost technology option for increasing electricity access in two states in Nigeria where electricity access rate is below 20% i.e. Taraba and Yobe within a 10-year investment period. We employ the Network Planner – a web-based decision support program which integrates geospatial information with socio-economic, demographic and energy demand information, and compare three electrification options: grid-extension, mini-grid diesel-based system, and stand-alone option which uses solar PV and a small diesel generator. The result shows that grid-extension is the least-cost option for 98.7% and 89.5% of the demand centers in Taraba and Yobe respectively.
The bibliographic details of article are:
Akpan, U. (2015) Technology Options for Increasing Electricity Access in Areas with Low Electricity Access Rate in Nigeria. Socio-economic Planning Sciences. 51, pp. 1 – 12. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seps.2015.05.001

Date: May 18, 2015

External Consultant Barr. Ondotimi Songi publishes in Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law.

An article written by one of the External Consultants of SPIDER Solutions Nigeria Barr. Ondotimi Songi has been published in the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law. The article titled “Defining a Path for Benefit-Sharing Arrangements for Local Communities in Natural Resource Development in Nigeria: The Foundations, Trusts and Funds (FTFs) Model” examines the extent to which the foundations, trusts and funds (FTFs) model as a global practice in benefit sharing with local communities (LCs) can be utilised in defining a path for benefit sharing with communities in Nigeria with the aim of achieving socio-economic development. The bibliographic details of article are:
Ondotimi Songi (2015) “Defining a Path for Benefit-Sharing Arrangements for Local Communities in Natural Resource Development in Nigeria: The Foundations, Trusts and Funds (FTFs) Model”, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, 33 (2), pp. 147-170.
The full version of the article may be accessed here

Date: May 18, 2015

External Consultant Barr. Ondotimi Songi publishes in Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law.

An article written by one of the External Consultants of SPIDER Solutions Nigeria Barr. Ondotimi Songi has been published in the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law. The article titled “Defining a Path for Benefit-Sharing Arrangements for Local Communities in Natural Resource Development in Nigeria: The Foundations, Trusts and Funds (FTFs) Model” examines the extent to which the foundations, trusts and funds (FTFs) model as a global practice in benefit sharing with local communities (LCs) can be utilised in defining a path for benefit sharing with communities in Nigeria with the aim of achieving socio-economic development. The bibliographic details of article are:
Ondotimi Songi (2015) “Defining a Path for Benefit-Sharing Arrangements for Local Communities in Natural Resource Development in Nigeria: The Foundations, Trusts and Funds (FTFs) Model”, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, 33 (2), pp. 147-170.
The full version of the article may be accessed here

Date: May 6, 2015

Principal Research Associate presents paper at NASEF 2015

NASEF2015The Principal Research Associate of SPIDER Solutions Nigeria, Mr. Salisu Isihak, presented at paper at the National Solar Energy Forum and Exhibition (NASEF), 2015, organized by the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (SESN) in collaboration with the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) from 6 to 7th May, 2015. The paper titled “Techno-Economic Viability of Solar Photovoltaic System for Off-Grid Electrification in Yobe State, Nigeria”, is co-authored by Uduak Akpan and Ye-Obong Udoakah and examined the techno-economic viability of using solar PV system to electrify a small rural community in Yobe State, Nigeria. The study used RETScreen to assess the total amount of electricity that will be supplied to meet a specified demand level of the community using the solar PV system over a 25-year period, then compared the cost of supplying that amount of electricity using the solar PV system with the total tariff that would have been paid over the same period if the electricity was supplied from the grid. The result indicated that the off-grid solar PV system will yield negative net present value using the prevailing cost of solar PV system and lending rate. However, the project becomes viable if the electricity tariff is increased from N14.7 to N22.4/kWh; if the capacity cost of the PV system reduces from US$3200/kW to US$1899/kW; or with adequate government support in form of grants.

Date: May 1, 2015

Principal Research Associate presents paper at the 8th NAEE/IAEE International Conference

NAEE2015The Principal Research Associate of SPIDER Solutions Nigeria, Mr. Salisu Isihak (pictured below) was at the just concluded 8th National Association for Energy Economics (NAEE)/International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) International Conference which held at University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria from the 27th to 28th of April, 2015. Mr. Isihak presented on “Restructuring Petroleum Products Subsidies: What Is The Roadmap For Nigeria?”. The paper examined the experiences of other countries that have successfully reformed petroleum subsidies and provided a practical roadmap that Nigeria may adopt as it strives to reform subsidies on petroleum products.