By Daniel Eteghe
LAGOS — Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, said that it had installed N280 million worth of solar power panels to check the incessant power failures on its navigational aids (NAVAIDS) at five major airports across the country.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony at the agency’s head office in Lagos, Chairman, Stormberg Power Limited, Mr. Otunba Morakinyo, who hander over the project to the Managing Director of NAMA, Engr. Mazi Udoh, said the installation of the solar power panels was done at five airports, including Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Bida.
He said the first phase of the project had been completed as scheduled, adding that the hybrid power system in the country was the first of its kind in the sub-Saharan Africa.
Morakinyo promised that the second phase of the project would commence early next year.
He said “each of the sites has 24 solar panels with 15 KVA hybrid inverter. The system has 18 batteries for all the NAVAIDS except the VOR and this can last for 12 hours. For the VOR, the back up batteries are 36 and it has capacity to run the system for between 15 and 18 hours”
Expressing his joy, Morakinyo said that his company was delighted to be associated with the project, assuring that the solar units supplied and installed for NAMA were of high quality.