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Wale Raphael Yusuff, Managing Director, Wartsila Nigeria

Nigeria Can Reach 100% Renewable Energy By 2060 And Cut Energy Costs By 74% In The Process – Finds Wärtsilä?report

Press Release

Oct. 28, 2022, 11:36 a.m.

The global technology group Wärtsilä released today its new report, “Nigeria Leading Africa to Net Zero,” which provides a detailed and realistic roadmap showing how Nigeria should proceed to build a 100% renewable energy power system by 2060.

As Nigeria seeks to take the lead in climate action whilst meeting the nation’s growing energy needs and securing universal access to electricity for its population, it becomes crucial to building a data-driven and cost-effective energy strategy. Using advanced energy system modeling techniques, Wärtsilä’s analysts have outlined the most cost-effective power system that can be built in Nigeria year after year to reach net zero by 2060.

According to Wärtsilä’s report, the optimal power system will consist of 1,200 GW of renewable energy capacity and require a total of 283 GW of energy storage and 34 GW of engine-based power plants for grid balancing purposes. The research shows that investing in renewable energy and flexibility from gas engines and energy storage is the best way to reduce energy costs, increase energy access and improve grid reliability. With this strategy, the cost of electricity generation is predicted to drop by 74% by 2060 compared to 2022 levels, and carbon emissions will drop to zero.

This in-depth energy modeling exercise also reveals the key role that Nigeria’s domestic gas will play in enabling a smooth energy transition. Nigeria’s vast domestic gas reserves can be mobilized as an inexpensive bridging fuel to power balancing engines in support of intermittent renewable energy generation until gas engine power plants begin to be converted to run purely on green hydrogen starting in the early forties.

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If the power system expansion roadmap presented in the report is successfully implemented, by 2060, Nigeria’s power system will be fully decarbonized and able to meet the energy needs of our country’s rapidly growing population. The key components of our power system will be renewables, supported energy storage technologies, together with grid-balancing engines that have been converted to run on green hydrogen. As early as 2032, Nigeria can reach universal access to electricity, and the inefficient, expensive, and polluting diesel generators still widely used today will be ancient history.”, said Wale Yusuff, Managing Director of Wärtsilä in Nigeria.

However, delivering on this ambitious plan will require enormous investments, estimated at $18.7 Billion until 2030 and $425 Billion until 2060. “Attracting that level of investment is possible, but not without significant policy reforms. Despite the many government efforts to implement an increasingly strong legal framework, project developers and sponsors must still navigate a very complex and uncertain system that adds excessive investment risk.”, warned Wale Yusuff.

With its huge gas reserves and high renewable energy potential, Nigeria has all the natural resources necessary to lead the country to a successful energy transition. If the country can improve its power transmission infrastructure, develop a sound policy framework, and deploy a data-driven power expansion plan based on renewable energy and flexibility, it will take a giant step toward its goal of securing universal access to affordable, reliable, and fully decarbonized electricity.

Wärtsilä Energy in brief

Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers in decarbonization by developing market-leading technologies. These cover future-fuel-enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage, and optimization technology, including the GEMS energy management platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and guarantee operational performance. Our track record comprises 76 GW of power plant capacity and 110 energy storage systems delivered to 180 countries around the world.


Wärtsilä in brief

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasize innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonization transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.



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