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NLNG, LCCI partner to tackle Nigeria’s power challenge

…As Dr. Peter Ngene wins NLNG Prize for Science

By Udeme Akpan

THE Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG and Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, have partnered to find a lasting solution to the nation’s power dilemma.

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L-R: Andy Odeh, NLNG’s Communications manager; Prof. Barth Nnaji, D. Mrs. Nike Akande and Prof. Alfred Susu, The Nigeria Prize Advisory Board members; Dr. Peter Ngene, winner of 2018 Nigeria Prize for Science winner; Eyono Fatayi-Williams, NLNG’s GM, External Relations; Paul Ruwase, President LCCI; Muda Yusuf, DG LCCI; and Sophia Horsfall, NLNG HR Business manager at the Interactive Session on Innovations in Electric Power in Lagos

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Speaking at the Business Interactive Workshop with members of the LCCI, and Dr. Peter Ngene, the winner of the 2018 The Nigeria Prize for Science, in Lagos, yesterday, Mrs Eyono Fatai-William, General Manager, External Relations, NLNG Limited, said: “Very early in our operations at Nigeria LNG, we initiated well thought out interventions programmes that focus on actualising our aspiration of helping to build a better Nigeria, and the Nigeria Prize for Science is one of those initiatives.”

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She said: “We are here today because the outcomes from that annual competition are increasingly shedding light on how we can possibly help to solve some of the nation’s problems which include electricity shortage. In recognition of the need to encourage more work in finding solution to electric power generation in the country, Nigeria LNG using the platform of the science prize competition, last year, encouraged research works on the theme – Innovations in Electric Power Solutions.

“The beautiful result that emerged from that competition is the reason we are here today; to publicise the work among industry players and to inspire interest in harnessing the work for further breakthrough.”

She said: “On October, 2018, Dr. Peter Ngene was declared winner of the 2018 edition of The Nigeria Prize for Science for his entry, “Nanostructured metal hydrides for the storage of electric power from renewable energy sources and for explosion prevention in high voltage power transformers”.

The general manger said: “This work stands out for two reasons; first, it deals with electric power generation from renewable energy, which is where the rest of the world is gravitating to. Undoubtedly, Nigeria is richly endowed with the renewables, from sunlight to wind, hydro and even fossils.

“The second distinction is that the work deals with conservation of electric power, better still storage device. That is another important factor even with the current scenario in our country. Our interest is not just in motivating applicable solutions to our society’s problems, but also in promoting public interest in the winning work, to use them to find solution to the nation’s challenges.

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