No doubt, GIS is now embraced in Nigeria. GIS Applications to the Nigerian Power and Energy Sector has recently seen unprecedented growth. As a GIS Training and Service provider, we’ve deemed it fit to provide 20 instances on how the technology is solving problems in the Nigerian Power and Energy Sector. Lets begin;
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Mapping: This is a central GIS function as far as The Ministry of Power is concerned. GIS is often used to produce both general and thematic maps. Maps here provides a visual interpretation of GIS data for the ministry. The Ministry of Power gets heavily involved in the production and management of Voltage Map, Marketing Price Map, Transmission Maps and Renewable Energy Maps, etc.
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Effective Energy Projections: In the Nigerian Power sector, GIS has helped build models that forecast energy usage through the estimating and mapping of statewide / nationwide energy consumption densities. This has been useful in power planning and projection.
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Energy Development Planning: GIS has been found to be a veritable tool for development planning in the Nigerian energy sector. Emerging innovative trends, renewable energy, population growth, increase in rural-urban movement, etc needs that stakeholders apply more efficient tools of GIS to energy trends.
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Energy Use Planning: Efficient management of energy systems in Nigeria is a multifaceted challenge. However GIS has massive possibilities that aids planning, design and allotment of energy use in Nigeria’s energy industry. The Department of Energy, Planning and Statistics of the Nigerian Ministry of Power play a big role in this one.
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Energy Optimization: GIS is currently helping the Nigerian Ministry Of Power in energy optimization. This has helped to reduce the cost on energy implementation projects. The Nigerian ministry of Power currently have recently developed a long-range energy optimization policy to help manage consumption from local, statewide and national levels.
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Energy Decisions: Application of GIS have allowed stakeholders to make proper and integrated decisions about planning. It helps to know the population at risk, determine where, how, when and how to locate resources more effectively.
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Managing field Operations: Operations and maintenance staff can deploy enterprise and mobile workforce as GIS build mobile applications that provide real time information in the field to allow for faster and more accurate workflow.
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Understanding Power Needs: GIS can help assist the Ministry of Power and other stake holders in the power sector to conduct an effective needs assessment. GIS helps to better understand the power needs so as to meet national energy demand.
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Energy Utilization Pattern: GIS has various tools that provides for analysis of energy user behaviors and patterns. Tools in GIS provide a thematic and spatial view of the distribution of energy use.
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Location and installation of assets: optimal energy distribution requires that energy installations should be properly located and installed with factors of security and safety, topography, etc being considered. GIS provides tools to help determine the location and installation of energy assets considering all factors that affect location and installation of assets. GIS provide ground teams with material lists, Right Of Way (ROW) data, plot location and information, access to roads information.
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Management of Assets: Tracking of Assets on a periodic basis (real-time, hourly, daily, weekly or monthly) can be done with GIS and other applications. It allows for mapping, maintenance, understanding patterns, aiding decisions to be made faster and efficiently, see distribution analysis, transformer analysis, pole and pylon distribution, load analysis, etc.
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Management of accidents or asset failures: Power is an important factor in Nigeria, thus failure of assets needs be properly, timely and adequately responded to in the case of failures or accidents. Models and tools in GIS have been develop to quickly identify the location of the accidents, predict the severity, as well as notify first-line responders to the site.
Thirteen (GIS Applications to the Nigerian Power and Energy Sector)
Developing Energy Efficiency through tracking Usage: the use of GIS can be used to develop energy efficiency through geographic visualization and analysis of data collected by utilities and administrators. Internal data can be leveraged on to produce forecast thus aiding planning. GIS tools can help visualize energy consumption billing data captured from distribution companies down to individual smart meters.
Thirteen (GIS Applications to the Nigerian Power and Energy Sector)
Route and Site Selection: GIS spatial analysis tools have tremendous potentials in helping engineers to predict and prove optimal corridor routes for new transmission lines, ease operations, identify critical stakeholders and issues which may arise, provide instant analysis through buffering and measurement as well as access routes to the installations and also to create impact scenarios. This is possible with tools such as Least Cost Path routing algorithms, Corridor Analyst.
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Transmission Line Management: GIS provide tools for modeling, line siting and routing, land management, job tracking, ecological and wild life management, and all phases of transmission line management in line with best management practices.
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Efficient Customer Service: GIS server technology allows for developers to easily design executive dashboards for management of customer information. Customers can visualize up-to-date energy usage, load management, power demand, outage information, land leases and schematics which encourage efficiencies and opportunities.
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Evaluate Environmental Impact: Environmental Analysis can be computed and displayed with GIS. GIS has been used to map environmental factors which helps in the siting of transmission lines, used in the stakeholder’s engagement forum and other focus group meetings and in filing for certifications and applications. This shall help protect the Nigerian natural and ecological resources. GIS tools aid in integrated, efficient and comprehensive results.
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Outage Management System: Outage Management System (OMS) is a critical analysis tool used by power operators to identify and assist in power restoration and also to help generate valuable reports. This system provides functions such as location of failed transformer, prioritize restoration efforts based on location of facilities, size and duration of outage, number of customers affected, area (residential or commercial), as well as identification, quantification and deployment of technicians needed for the restoration. Most OMS works with GIS tools.
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Asset Accounting: the use of GIS to visualize spatial relationships also helps to manage, analyze and coordinate all assets and associated work activities. Assets can be monitored in space and time. Effective and accurate data through GIS maximize the lifespan and performance of important assets and at same time lower lifecycle of the operating cost. Spatially enabled asset management framework enables virtual inventorisation and management of assets in the energy industry. Locational data, proximity, history, costs, and other data can be collated in the system.
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Electric System Distribution Modeling: Energy Distribution provides the use of utilities to make energy available to customers over a geographic area thus the use if GIS in energy distribution system has greatly improved the efficiency in the energy sector. GIS provides an efficient way to collect, arrange, maintain, analyze and manage the geospatial data and present via different medium. GIS can be used to modeling and planning of extensions as well as new networks. Electric System Modeling outlines management and monitoring information on the distribution of electricity to end user including information highlighting their spatial distribution as well as electricity use.
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