Nine communities comprising the Greater Port Harcourt Cluster Development Board under the Shell-sponsored Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) have so far received and expended the total of N221.56million for the sustainable development of their areas.
The communities include Rumuogba, Woji, and Rumuodara in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and Elekahia, Orogbum, Oro-Abali, Rumuwoji, Mgbundukwu and Oro-Ije in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, both in Rivers State.
The nine communities, which get an annual funding mandate of N73.8million, as one of the ten active clusters in Shell’s Eastern operations, has also judiciously expended the accruing oil revenue on various human and physical development projects designed to impact positively on the people.
The Tide learnt that these projects, which include human capital and physical infrastructure development, carefully selected and directly executed by the communities, 107 post-primary and post-secondary scholarships, 63 micro-credit and 62 skills acquisition schemes, as well as bore holes in 7 communities, transformers for 9 communities, drainage for 3 communities, civic centre in 1 community and road infrastructure upgrade in 1 community.
Speaking while commissioning the soft projects aimed at improving the human capital development effort of the communities, Shell’s Manager, Government and Community Relations, East, Fufeyi Funkakpo, said the GMoU concept, introduced in 2006 as a transparent and accountable model with clear obligations for both SPDC and host communities, was designed to eliminate the inherent weaknesses in previous social performance strategies with a view to involving communities in directly identifying, implementing and managing their own development processes.
Funkakpo stated that the GMoU strategy was Shell’s way of availing communities the opportunity to participate and benefit from the oil and gas revenues accruing from their communities, and lauded the Greater Port Harcourt Cluster Development Board, the chiefs, youths and other stakeholders in the communities for their collective efforts in actualising this dream.
The Shell manager encouraged the people to continue the good work they have been doing to enhance their livelihoods and economies, and pledged the company’s support and partnership to the sustainable development of the communities.
Rivers State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Dr Tammy Danagogo, expressed happiness that the Shell’s GMoU process has ushered in an era of peace and order in the communities, and stressed that the climate of peace has brought with it the level of achievement so far recorded in the sustainable development effort of the government.
Represented at the celebration of development milestones by his Special Adviser, Engr Kombo Johnson, the commissioner said that without peace, the communities would not have accomplished the giant strides they were now celebrating, and charged the people to continue to build on existing atmosphere of concord, cooperation and partnership as a means of sustaining the momentum.
He noted with gladness the fact that the Greater Port Harcourt Cluster communities were one of the most peaceful in the state, and thanked them for promoting peace and security of Rivers State, emphasising that government would continue to reward peaceful communities as a way of encourage the people to participate in governance.
Also speaking, Paramount Ruler of Rumuorianwo community, Eze S.C. Wokoma, described the GMoU strategy as the brain box for the development of the Niger Delta region, and said the religious implementation of the concept has shown that if the government, corporate bodies and the communities work in synergy and strong partnership, sustainable development of the area could be achieved.
Wokoma, who chaired the occasion, said his experience with the GMoU strategy as a community leader has proven that if Niger Delta communities embrace the concept, and position themselves on the driver’s seat for the development of their respective communities, peace would return to the region, and sustainable development would be achieved in record time.
The royal father, therefore, admonished government at all tiers, to adopt the GMoU strategy in their development policies, as according to him, this would enable the government drive the dividends of democracy deeper into the very fabric of the grassroots, and thereby touch the lives of the people.
Earlier, Chairman, GPHCDB, Dickens Worlu, commended Shell and the GMoU team for mentoring the clusters to the level of growth and viability, and urged that the strategy be sustained for the development of host communities.
The GPHCDB chairman said the success of the board in the last three years could not have possible without the assistance of Shell and the state government, adding that the soft projects commissioned in the first phase on that day, and the physical infrastructure development projects expected to be commissioned on November 11 in the benefiting communities were an eloquent testimony of the fruit of cooperation and partnership for development.
Worlu also expressed appreciation to the Rivers State Government, especially the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs for their support and sincerity of purpose, and pledged the readiness of the people of impacted communities to cooperate and work in synergy with government and other stakeholders to fast track the development process of the state.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion are the Paramount Ruler of Elekahia community, Eze A.W. Akarolo, Paramount Ruler of Rumuodara community, Eze Ohia Chukwu, Secretary, Woji Council of Chiefs, Chief Emeka Ihunwo, Eze Ogba Iji-Nu-Ede of Rumuogba community, Eze Temple Ejekwu, Eze Kpalukwu-Ozo Orianwo, Chief F.B. Amadi, and Eze Njim Omolu of Rumu Chinwo Mati, Eze Owhonda Nyeche, among other top community leaders, women, youths as well as beneficiaries of the human capacity building programmes of the GPHCDB.
‘Renewable Energy Waste Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think’
Waste disposal is not a popular topic of discussion in the media when it comes to renewable energy. Most of the coverage that solar and wind power is getting is strongly positive, with a focus on falling costs and rising efficiencies, as well as government plans for huge increases in installed capacity. Yet problems tend to lurk and wait to spring up. Now, the waste problem is springing up.
TheInternational Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimated in 2016 that unless we made significant changes to our treatment of solar panels, they could add up to 78 million tons of waste. The IRENA did not phrase it this way. It said that “recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock an estimated stock of 78 million tonnes of raw materials and other valuable components globally by 2050.”
The thing is that most panels do not live to see their 30th birthday, as an article in the Harvard Business Review from June pointed out. Solar waste, it said, is growing much faster than it should have, theoretically. This is because another thing that you wouldn’t see widely publicised is solar panels beginto lose efficiency from the moment they are installed.
Meanwhile, new, more efficient panels are being developed. Even if the loss of efficiency is minuscule, at an average 0.5 percent, that figure is off the top of a typical efficiency rate of less than 30 percent (light-to-electricity conversion), so when offered a higher efficiency installation, many residential solar owners would consider it. The authors of the article, dubbed The Dark Side of Solar Power, point to the continuous improvements in solar panel technology as a reason for shorter actual lives for residential panels. They note that thanks to these improvements, both in cost and efficiency, consumers are a lot less likely to wait for their panels to turn 30 before they replace them. As a result, these early replacements could lead to 50 times more solar panel waste than IRENA had forecast.
It’s worth noting that IRENA’s forecast for the 78-million-ton opportunity from solar panel waste was made in 2016. A lot of things have changed over the past five years, including the rate of growth in solar panel installations. Unfortunately, what hasn’t changed a lot is the economics of recycling solar panels.
Grist reported recently that, according to researchers and recycling industry insiders, the cost of recycling a solar panel varies between $12 and $25. Meanwhile, the income from recovering certain elements from it comes in at about $3. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, recycling a solar panel costs between $20 and $30, while sending it to a landfill costs $1-2. And while the EU has put in place recycling mandates, the U.S. has no such mandates on a national level.
This massive difference in the cost of recycling versus the cost of dumping panels at landfills hints at an unpleasant truth that we are seeing in the EU already. There are recycling mandates there. The countries with the highest solar capacity pay the most for their electricity. This could, of course, be a coincidence, but that’s quite unlikely: recycling costs money, and somebody has to foot that bill.
It is this bill that busts the myth of the cheap solar power that can fuel the whole world because the sun is there and shines for free. This is true. But once you add the costs of recycling to the total cost of solar energy, as the Harvard Business Review authors note, the cost of solar jumps four times.
The future, in the absence of quick action, looks bleak, according to the researchers who penned the HBR article.
“If we plot future installations according to a logistic growth curve capped at 700 GW by 2050 (NREL’s estimated ceiling for the U.S. residential market) alongside the early replacement curve, we see the volume of waste surpassing that of new installations by the year 2031,” Atalay Atasu, Serasu Duran, and Luk N. Van Wassenhove wrote.
“By 2035, discarded panels would outweigh new units sold by 2.56 times. In turn, this would catapult the LCOE (levelised cost of energy, a measure of the overall cost of an energy-producing asset over its lifetime) to four times the current projection. The economics of solar so bright-seeming from the vantage point of 2021 would darken quickly as the industry sinks under the weight of its own trash.”
This sounds bad enough. It’s even worse because there are only a handful of companies in the U.S. that recycle solar panels. But there is also wind turbine blade waste that is building up, and while, unlike solar panels, it does not contain toxic materials, the sheer size of the blades makes it a significant waste problem. Wind turbine blades are not recyclable yet, and tons of them are coming to landfills over the next 20 years; more than 720,000 tons in the U.S. alone.
“Because there are so few options for recycling wind turbine blades currently, the vast majority of those that are no longer able to be used are either stored in various places or taken to landfill,” says CEO, and co-founder of CruxOCM, Vicki Knott.
“While the waste stream represents only a tiny portion of municipal solid waste, it’s clearly not an ideal scenario. As wind turbines are being replaced, there’s certainly a need for more creative recycling solutions for used blades,” Knott also said.
It all sounds like a waste nightmare scenario, and it pretty much is.
While many residential solar panels will live out their lives, many others will not. But this is only the beginning of the problem. Recycling costs must be brought down and capacity built before the current wave of utility-scale solar farm additions subsides because anything done later would be playing catch-up with little chance to win.
Slav writes for Oilprice.com
By: Irina Slav
Oriental Energy Resources Announces New Managing Director
Mustafa Indimi has been appointed the new Managing Director of Oriental Energy Resources Limited.
Mustafa takes over from Mr Ignatius Ifelayo, who served the company meritoriously for seven years.
Prior to the new appointment, Mustafa was the Executive Director (Technical) and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He brings with him an in depth knowledge of the business and he is well positioned to drive the company forward.
A Master’s Degree Holder in Petroleum Production engineering from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Mustafa has an impressive track record of leading teams to deliver outstanding performance and results.
On his new challenge, Mustafa commented: “It is an exceptional privilege to be appointed as Managing Director at a time that provides great opportunity to take the company to new heights. I am looking forward to working with the board, management and staff to strengthen and grow the company by building on the solid foundation to generate significant value for all stakeholders.”
“Underpinning everything is my commitment to the company’s vison to set the standards that all other E&P companies in the Nigerian oil and gas industry will be compared against.’’
MoniPulo Empowers 70 In Akwa Ibom
A total of 70 indigenes of Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, host to an indigenous oil firm, Moni Pulo Petroleum Development, have benefited from the 2021 community empowerment programme of the company.
The empowerment programme, which is in the 12th cycle, saw to the distribution of 70 motorcycles to the benefiting members of the host communities.
Speaking, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Moni Pulo, Dr. Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs, said the company has had a very healthy relationship with the people of Mbo LGA and has left positive footprints since 1999.
Lulu-Briggs said the company believes that provision of an economic-enabling environment, sustainable employment, secured opportunities and human capital development in Mbo LGA, remain the guiding principle for social transformation.
She emphasised that the company has a passion for transforming communities and catalyzing personal and communal growth in a sustainable manner, which is why corporate social responsibility is her cherished core corporate value.
“MPLs Corporate Focal Responsibility package is structured along four core areas: Educational Development, Skill Acquisition and Empowerment, Infrastructural Development, Sports and Social welfare.
“It is believed that capacity building will ameliorate the Niger Delta region’s economic challenges and reduce the incidences of youth restiveness. Thus, MPL takes this gesture further to empower Mbo and Effiat Community youths with high class motorcycles.
“This is the 12th cycle of our Community Empowerment Programme, and it is designed to empower 70 business Start-Ups from within Mbo Local Government Area in Akwa lbom State.”
Lulu-Briggs represented by the Head pf Administration and Community, Alabo Clifford Daerego, said MPL’s empowerment programme provides opportunites for entrepreneurs to set up and establish businesses that will help increase the employment rate in Akwa lbom State and in the country.
“A review of the social responsibility projects we have carried out in Mbo Local Government Area, reveals that our activities have aligned with the current global Sustainable Development Goals. This Community Empowerment Programme hinges on SDG Goal 8, which is to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Despite the socio-economic challenges that we, like everyone else, have had to weather, we have continued to invest in the wellbeing of our host communities through empowerment exercises and sustainable development projects. We have done and will continue to do this because we know that ultimately our work is about people the men, women, youth and children of Mbo and Effiat.”
Also speaking, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Power and Petroleum Development, Dr. John James Etim, who commended Moni Pulo for being a good corporate citizen, expressed delight to witnessed the empowerment programme.
Etim disclosed that upon his assumption of office, he was briefed that the company has trained many members of her host communities in several skills and also awarded university scholarships to many.
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