As a respite to the massive metering hole at the moment skilled within the nation, FBNQuest Service provider Financial institution has introduced plans with Kairos Funding Africa and New Hampshire Capital for a nationwide meter asset finance and administration SPV (“MAPCo”).
That is geared toward attracting long run finance for the mass roll-out of pay as you go sensible meters to thousands and thousands of electrical energy customers in Nigeria who at the moment will not be metered by the electrical energy distribution firms (DisCos).
That is in accordance with a report by the African Media Company.
With an estimated metering hole of greater than eight million nationwide, the plight of unmetered customers continues to deteriorate particularly as regards indiscriminate and unfair estimated billing. This plight has been a perennial difficulty that heralded the privatization of the facility sector. Due to this fact, in response to the aforementioned points, the current regime of President Muhammadu Buhari introduced plans to make sure that the 8 million metering hole is closed inside a two- yr interval.
Owing to a deficit of about $1billion in financing the metering hole, the Nigerian Electrical energy regulatory physique issued the Meter Asset Supplier (MAP) regulation in 2018.
This was geared toward growing personal participation in offering sensible meters and different metering companies to electrical energy customers which would require about US$1billion.
Below the MAP regulation, the price of offering pay as you go meters has been unbundled from retail electrical energy tariffs.
To get a pay as you go meter, an electrical energy shopper can both pay the complete price of the meter outright, or can decide to pay a set month-to-month meter service cost over a 10-year interval, in order to cowl the price of the meter and on-going provision of metering companies by the MAP.
It’s this MAP regulation that liberalized the method and enabled the personal sector to bankroll the metering hole. That is along with FG’s one-year waiver of the 35% import levy on pay as you go meters which beforehand constrained the regulation.
Why it issues
Bridging the metering hole within the energy sector will enhance income assortment by DisCos, enhance shopper satisfaction and result in an total discount within the assortment and business losses within the electrical energy distribution sector.
As well as, it’ll additionally carry elevated transparency to income assortment by DisCos and is step one in the direction of a complete phase-out of electrical energy subsidies.
What they’re saying
Commenting on the proposed deal Odion Omonfoman, the chief govt officer of New Hampshire Capital stated “MAPCo is proposed to be a key element of the Nigeria Energy Sector Restoration Program (PSRP) to place the facility sector on the trail of sustainability and improved electrical energy companies to Nigerians. The SPV will help the mass roll-out pay as you go meters to unmetered electrical energy customers and in addition allow MAPs present sensible metering options to Discos and their customers utilizing the Meter-as-a-Service (MaaS) enterprise mannequin.”
Mr. Oluseun Olatidoye, the Head, Capital Markets of FBNQuest Service provider Financial institution acknowledged, “the MAPCo SPV will improve the long run viability of Nigeria’s energy sector by leveraging on the depth of the Nigerian capital markets and provide buyers distinctive entry to long run funding alternatives via securitization of future receivables backed by the pay as you go meter property. FBNQuest is delighted to be one of many sponsors of this crucial SPV within the energy sector.”
Ewaen Imohe, CEO of Kairos Investments Africa famous, “the SPV will create and difficulty monetary securities which are backed by pay as you go meter property within the energy sector. Given the secure and lengthy helpful lifetime of the underlying pool of pay as you go meter property backing the monetary securities, we anticipate that there might be plenty of curiosity from long run buyers seeking to diversify their funding portfolios. We’re proud to be partnering with New Hampshire and FBNQuest on this crucial initiative.”