Nigeria energy forum to focus on gas-to-power challenges

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LAGOS, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The forthcoming Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF) will focus on gas-to-power challenges in the country, a top official with the Nigeria Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE) said Thursday.

The forum will be organized by a team of young academics and researchers from overseas, in collaboration with NIEEE, Adekunle Makinde, a Co-Chairman of NEF2017, told reporters in Lagos, the country's economic hub.

The theme of the forum, which will hold from July 4 to July 5, is "Sustainable Energy for Economic Development."

Over 25 industry experts have confirmed participation at the forum, which is expected to attract over 200 professionals across Nigeria's energy sector, he said.

According to Makinde, the forum's technical sessions would address the gas-to-power challenges, electrifying the off-grid sector, and rebuilding trust in the power sector.

Makinde said it would feature a top-class, full-day hands-on training on Power Systems Simulation by Manitoba HVDC Research Center, Canada, Solar Grids Design by Blue Camel Energy Nigeria, and Community Energy Development by IEEE Smart Village, USA.

He said the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, will present a keynote address at the forum.

Irregular electricity supply due to gas constraint has remained one of the biggest challenges confronting the nation's economy. Nigeria is losing 25 billion U.S. dollars yearly due to irregular electricity supply, according to experts. Enditem

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