By Yemie Adeoye
As part of the efforts towards achieving its mission of ‘lighting up Nigeria’, Emel Advanced Power Solutions (Nigeria) Limited, a venture of the Emel Group of Companies, has formed a strategic partnership with Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world’s largest producer of solar panels, to provide innovative, customized and affordable solar solutions to the country.
According to Roy Chatterjee, Managing Director, Emel Advanced Power Solutions (Nigeria) Ltd, the partnership with Suntech will add further value to the company’s vision of marketing quality products at affordable prices to customers in Nigeria and neighbouring markets.
“Emel Advanced Power Solutions prides itself on being a ‘total solutions provider’ and offering both grid connected and off grid solutions. We offer a complete range of power products including solar panels, natural gas generators, inverters, gasoline and diesel generators, water pumps and multipurpose engines,” said Mr. Chatterjee.
Emel’s extensive portfolio caters to domestic and commercial customers, in urban and rural environments, and addresses many of the country’s energy needs at the community, state and national levels.
“The solar market in Nigeria has been adversely affected by a number of failed projects. This is due largely to the use of cheap solar panels, charge controllers and batteries as well as unqualified technicians designing these projects. Consumers also erroneously consider solar to be an expensive option,” added Mr. Chatterjee.
“Emel and Suntech are focused on enhancing the solar experience of Nigerians by providing consumers with reliable solar solutions. Suntech’s premium quality solar panels will be backed by Emel’s excellent after_sales support from fully_equipped service centres.”
As the world’s largest supplier of solar panels, Suntech is renowned for reliability. Suntech’s relentless commitment to quality enables it to deliver high_quality solar products to customers everywhere under the sun.
Suntech was one of the first global solar companies to achieve both OHSAS18001 and SA8000 certifications, two respected occupational health and social accountability standards. Suntech also implements an Environmental Management System, which was certified according to the ISO14001 standard in April 2006. In addition, Suntech’s technology is backed by a global research and development team, which consists of more than 450 employees in five countries.
Suntech has delivered more than 15,000,000 photovoltaic panels to over a thousand customers in more than eighty countries. In partnership with Suntech, Emel will supply reliable and cost effective solar energy solutions to Nigerians.
Some of Suntech’s present sites includes Nellis Airforce Base, Nevada, USA; San Francisco International Airport, USA; Sony Pictures, California, USA; Nasdar Solar Plant, Abudhabi, UAE; Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, Beijing, China and 2010 Shanghai Expo Project.
Emel Advanced Power Solutions is currently a consultant to the Federal Ministry of
Renewable Energy and is proud to be a key player in the generation of power in Nigeria which, it believes, will make a significant contribution to the overall socio_economic development of the country.
The Emel Group has established itself in the past four decades as an integral part of the growing Nigerian economy. The Group offers a large variety of products, including House Ware items, Building Materials, Office Furniture, Automobiles, Generators, and Cables to satisfy customer needs.
Chevron and JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corporation Sign LNG Agreement
Chevron Corporation today announced that its Australian subsidiary has signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corporation for a portion of Chevron’s offtake of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Gorgon Project.
Under the binding agreement, JX Nippon Oil and Energy will receive 0.3 million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG from the Gorgon Project for 15 years.
John Gass, president, Chevron Gas and Midstream, welcomed JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corporation as a customer of the Gorgon Project. “We are pleased to have JX Nippon Oil and Energy as a customer of the Gorgon Project. Chevron has a long_standing relationship with JX Nippon Oil and Energy, and we look forward to continuing to grow our relationship.”
Roy Krzywosinski, managing director, Chevron Australia, said, “The agreement is another step towards commercializing our equity natural gas in Australia, further demonstrating Chevron’s leading ability to meet long_term demand growth in Asia_Pacific. Construction of the Gorgon Project is progressing well with first gas expected in 2014.” Chevron is the operator of the Gorgon Project and holds an approximate 47 percent interest.
The initial Gorgon Project development, situated in northwestern Australia, will include a three_train, 15 MTPA LNG facility and a domestic gas plant.