16 May, 2013

Nigeria’s NIGCOMSAT-1R, pre-launch


Photo Credit: NEW YORK TIMES

China helped to design,finance,build and launch the US$311 million Nigerian communication satellite, NIGCOMSAT-1R. After 21 bids had been taken from across the globe with many Western financiers reluctant to provide any financial incentives for Western satellite firms citing “corruption in Nigeria” as reason, China EXIM Bank provided US$200 million in preferential buyers’ credit to facilitate the project while Nigeria provided the balance of the required funds for the initial NIGCOMSAT-1, Africa’s first communications satellite which was launched in May 2007. That was how China clinched the deal.

After NIGCOMSAT-1 deorbited on account of a malfunction in its power system, the replacement NIGCOMSAT-1R was built and launched for Nigeria free of charge by the Chinese.

Typical of Chinese satellite technology, NIGCOMSAT-1R is a multipurpose satellite incorporating civilian and military applications. Talk about the customer being the ‘king’. Compare that to the paternalistic ‘you will hurt yourselves’ or ‘sensitive technology’ chimes emanating from our ‘traditional partners’



The Chinese, for much the same reasons relating to favourable terms, have clinched multibillion dollar deals valued at an estimated US$12 billion from federal and state governments, cutting deals in the realm of infrastructure to undertake railway modernisation, construct light rail, in power generation, among others.

At a time of critical security challenges such as we are living through as Nigerians, even as our partners are tending towards ambivalence and might even slam an arms embargo against us at any time citing alleged human rights abuses as reason, the Federal Government of Nigeria would do well to package a similar funding arrangement with which to acquire much needed hardware – such as three Type 056 stealth corvettes, three Harbin Z-9EC ASW helicopters and a squadron of Hongdu L15 Falcon supersonic trainer/light attack jets from China. That would not cost us more than US$400 million. Let us think about it dispassionately. National interest FIRST!

May peace return to our land in no time at all.

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  1. camouflage1984 says:

    Oga Beeg i sent u a pic(not for posting sha cos i dont ve the authority to make it public) just to probably corroborate the question u asked on the number of VBLs we have….the number on the rear of the VBL reads 200…whats dat supposed to mean?

  2. mike says:

    200!! i thought Nigeria didnt have up to that.something must be going on below radar.i’m sure the same thing must be going on with the cobras,there are just to many of them.

  3. jimmy says:

    I am to beginning to believe that shipment from Turkey arrived late 2012 early 2013

  4. gbash10 says:

    The Chinese are the good guys to do business with,FG do something now,NIGERIA is at WAR!

  5. beegeagle says:


    LAGOS, May 28 (Xinhua)

    Two Chinese firms on Tuesday officially commenced the construction of 700 megawatts (MW)
    Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant in
    Nigeria. The plant, located in central north Niger State, is expected to be completed in 2017 and is being constructed by China-based consortium of Sinohydro Corporation Ltd and Chinese National Electric Engineering Co (CNEEC).

    Both Chinese firms signed the
    Engineering procurement construction (EPC) contract with the federal ministry of power to complete the project by the end of 2017.

    President Goodluck Jonathan said at the ceremony that the hydro dam project when constructed would generate 700 megawatts of electricity for the country. The Zungeru Hydro Electricity Power
    Project was conceived in 1982, but due to constraints of funds the construction work could not commence.

    The president said the 1.293-billion-U.S.dollar power plant would be the largest power plant to be built by this administration. The project when completed would open new frontiers to drive the socioeconomic
    transformation of the entire country to another level.

    The government has been pursuing a
    strategy to develop hydro- power
    projects to meet the desperate demand for electricity. The Nigerian government approved the project in 2012 in order to obtain more
    electricity, help maintain appropriate power price and promote economic growth and development of the country.

    • jimmy says:

      Due to too many topics swirling around this is a topic that bears a few more words.
      Economically why hasn’t the f.g situated any of these new generation power stations in the deep south south i.e bayelsea/ akwa ibom / cross river. i know there is a new one being built that was mentioned on this blog alioso ( spelling mistake?0 but strategically it is not making sense considering on average it takes 4 years to build a gas powered power station.

  6. beegeagle says:

    The NIPP have about ten gas-fired power plants under construction. About 70% of those are in the South South and the reason behind that is proximity to gas supplies.

    Their combined capacity – in the thousands of megawatts dwarfs that of this HEP project.

    Ihovbor Power Station Benin, Edo State with the capacity of 4 x 112,5MW

    Calabar Power Station, Cross River State with the capacity of 5 x 112,5MW

    Egbema Power Station, Imo State with the capacity of 3 x 112,5MW

    Gbarain Power Station, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State with the capacity of 2 x

    Sapele Power Station, Delta State with the capacity of 4 x 112,5MW

    Omoku Power Station, Rivers State with the capacity of 2 x 112,5MW

    Ikot Abasi Power Station, Akwa Ibom with the capacity of 2 x 112,5MW

    These NIPP projects are expected to all come onstream within the next 12 months

  7. beegeagle says:

    That list is by no means exhaustive. In SW, NC and SE Nigeria, you have new power plants on a similar or larger scale at Omotoso, Papalanto, Geregu and Alaoji

  8. beegeagle says:

    Here is a list of some of the major power stations under construction at this time.

    Omotoso in Ondo State (450 MW)

    Sapele in Delta (450 MW)

    Geregu in Kogi (434 MW)

    Olorunsogo in Ogun (750 MW)

    Ihovbor in Edo (450 MW)

    Gbarain in Bayelsa (225 MW)

    Alaoji in Abia (450 MW)

    Calabar in Cross River (561 MW)

    Egbema in Imo (338 MW)

    Omoku in Rivers (225 MW)

    The following four power stations are due to become operational very shortly and as follows

    Omotoso in Ondo State (450 MW)
    JUNE 2013

    Geregu in Kogi (434 MW)
    JULY 2013

    Sapele in Delta (450 MW)
    AUGUST 2013

    Olorunsogo in Ogun (750 MW)
    SEPTEMBER 2013

    That means a total of nearly 2,100MW will be added between June and September while other major and minor gas-fired, coal and HE power stations are being constructed across the Federation.

    Between September 2013 and March 2014, it is hoped that a further 4,000MW will be added to the grid

    • jimmy says:

      What % of these are being constructed by Chinese FIRMS .
      What % of these are being constructed by American SPECIFICALLY general electric do you recall the the $1.2 b m.o.u. signed last year.I know this is not within the real of what we normally talk about but…… just curious. I have been reading a lot officals talk a good game and sound very upbeat with estimates ranging from 7000mw to 10,000 mw being the grid capacity by 2014.

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