MANUFACTURERS URGED TO TAP ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCES
Powergas Nigeria has highlighted the need for manufacturers in the country to explore commercially- viable alternative power solutions in order to grow their businesses.
The Director of Sales, Powergas Nigeria, Mr Sumeet Singh, urged manufacturers to use domestically available Compressed Natural Gas rather than imported diesel to power their facilities.
According to him, CNG is more cost-efficient and safer to handle.
Singh spoke at a business forum in Enugu organised by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi branch, according to a statement.
He said, “It would be difficult to put an exact figure to the losses incurred daily by manufacturers. Energy is the driving force of any economy; economies do not grow as expected when there is an immense shortfall in the supply of energy.
“This is why manufacturers in Nigeria need to embrace the use of natural gas, which is not only a cleaner fuel but more efficient and profitable for production requirements.”
Speaking further on the need for manufacturers to switch to gas for power generation, Singh said, “Natural gas is more economically efficient; it puts a stop to financial loss experienced by manufacturers due to the high cost of maintenance of generators as well as high cost of the diesel fuel itself. These cost savings will enhance the survival and growth of industries and the economy.”
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, MAN Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi Branch, Mr Anietom ChuziIgweobi, was quoted as saying that the forum was an avenue to dialogue and network on ways of getting alternative power for manufacturers.
He said, “It is no secret that the south-western region has access to alternative sources of power such as piped natural gas. Tapping into this resource enables us compete more favourably in the market, gives us a choice between national grid electricity and natural gas, and I can tell you authoritatively that gas is more reliable.”