October 01, 2018

Tata Power-DDL organises capacity building and training programme for Nigerian electricity distribution companies

Together these utilities serve approximately 3.5 million consumers and cover about 20 percent of the geographical area of Nigeria

New Delhi | Nigeria: Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL), the pioneer in power distribution in India with an electricity user base of 7 million people in Delhi, organised a capacity building and training programme on the best practices in power distribution for employees of prominent Nigerian electricity distribution companies — Kano Electricity Distribution and Kaduna Electricity Distribution — at its learning centre in New Delhi. Together these utilities serve approximately 3.5 million consumers and cover about 20 percent of the geographical area of Nigeria.

Delegates of Kano Electricity Distribution and Kaduna Electricity Distribution, Nigeria, during the capacity building and training programme organised by Tata Power-DDL

The 12-day-long training programme provided understanding of key technologies and processes such as network and power management, connection and meter management, metering technology and AMR application, and energy accounting and information technology to the participating delegates. It also covered AT&C loss management using key strategies and enforcement and best practices in demand side management and consumer services management. The programme also covered delegates’ visits to Tata Power-DDL’s state-of-the-art smart grid lab, technology centre – CENNET, meter testing lab, protection and testing lab, and grid and GIS labs to get hands-on experience of the demonstrated technologies.

Appreciating the training programme, Mohammad Raibu Abubakar, head, billing and collection, Kano Electricity Distribution, said, “The Tata Power-DDL programme is extremely useful for us as we have several common challenges. We will surely apply the learning in our utility, especially the smart grid technology.”

“Utility business calls for innovative ideas and technology integration at every step. We have learnt several best practices across the distribution value chain which can not only transform our company but also result in consumer delight,” added Bello Musa, chief engineer, engineering, Kaduna Electricity Distribution.

Tata Power-DDL is supporting the African power sector through numerous capacity-building programmes via consultancies for the improvement of the power distribution sector. Its consultancy portfolio includes technical and management strategy services; helping in framing models to reduce aggregate technical, commercial and collection losses; new customer acquisition; metering plans and strategies; and developing automation roadmaps for bracing discoms to enter into the modern age of OT and IT convergence in the distribution sector. The company is providing consultancy in Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Zanzibar and Sierra Leone.

Tata Power-DDL and several other African utilities have several common social challenges including the reduction of non-technical losses in clusters of low-income groups. The World Bank has recognised Tata Power-DDL initiatives towards reducing non-technical losses in its 223 JJ clusters (slums), with a population of over 1 million people, through focus on social innovations in the realms of education, entrepreneurship, employability and employment. The institution has also recommended to replicate the model in other African countries like Jamaica and Kenya. Read the story here: http://blogs.worldbank.org/energy/jamaica-kenya-take-cues-india-electrifying-urban-slums

Sanjay Banga, CEO, Tata Power-DDL, said, “Tata Power-DDL is a leading power distribution company with record AT&C loss reduction of 8.4 percent and is the first Indian utility to have experience in the implementation of smart grid technologies like advanced metering infrastructure, automated demand response, grid-connected solar rooftop installations, advanced distribution management system, etc. Tata Power-DDL is committed to the development and growth of the power sector not only in India but also globally by sharing its expertise and knowledge with other utilities, while also benchmarking with global utilities to push and grow further. Our association with African power utilities will further increase in the days to come as we believe that electricity consumption and economic development are closely linked; growth will not happen without a step change in the power distribution sector.”