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GP Skipper meets President & Commander-in-Chief of Federal Republic of Nigeria in Dubai

GP Skipper called on The President of Nigeria HE Muhammadu Buhari at Hotel Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai on 8th of April 2019 to brief Mr. President on Skipper’s investment portfolio growing rapidly in Nigeria & by close of Y-2020, it will cross 300M USD.

Mr. President applauded Skipper investments initiative and assured full protection in its endeavours. Others present in the meeting were:
– Nigerian Ambassdor in UAE- HE Amb Mohammed Dansanta Rimi
– Ambassador of the UAE to the Federal Republic of Nigeria HE Fahad Obaid Mohammad Al Tifaq
– Governor of Jigawa State HE Mohammed Badaru Abubakar
– Nigeria’s Minister of foreign affairs Hon. Geoffrey Onyeama

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Skipper Participation in GRIDTECH Exhibition

SkipperSeil Ltd. participated in GRIDTECH 2019 which took place from 3rd-5th April 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The 6th International Exhibition and conference GRIDTECH 2019 was organized by Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (POWERGRID) in association with CBIP and IEEMA supported by Ministry of Power.
The exhibition provided excellent business networking opportunity for National and International manufacturers, utilities, consultants, contractors, investors, visiotrs and delegates.
Skipper presence featured a stall displaying company’s prowess in world class substation equipment manufacturing including Power Transformers upto 500MVA/765kV, Special Transformers, Package Substations (PSS), Instrument Transformers and Scada & Automation Panels. Skipper also showcased recently completed EPC projects of EHV transmission lines and substations.
Skipper received excellent response and inquiries from numerous visitors. Visitors were deeply impressed with Skipper’s full range of best-in-class power products and services at competitive prices.

Skipper participation in India Africa Conclave

SkipperSeil Ltd. participated in the 14th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership as Gold Sponsor during March 17-19, 2019 at the Taj Palace, New Delhi.
CII organized conclave brought together participants from Africa and India and this event was supported by Government of India. Inaugurated on March 17, 2019, the 14th edition of the conclave aimed to strengthen bilateral relations between India and Africa.

Being a lead participant at the Round Table on “Securing Long-Term Energy Security, Creating a Green Tomorrow”, Ms Poonam Sachdeva, Jt. Group President, SkipperSeil emphasized the importance of CII conclave for providing a platform for understanding the aspirations of people of India and Africa. She also suggested the Indian investors to understand the actual need of African countries and propose the long term Energy Solutions. Skipper since entering the African region way back in 2000, has done many projects of Solar, Rural Electrification and Power improvement as per the need of land. For creating a green tomorrow, African countries can rely on vast experience and expertise of India.

Mr. Surinder Kumar Negi, President & CEO, SkipperSeil Ltd. was member of Panel on “Country Session on Republic of Ghana”. He highlighted on Power Infrastructure development, which is lifeline of human living. Looking at the strategic location in Ghana in world map, Renewable Energy potential is huge and it could be very well planned with 49% Hydro generation already existing in Ghana. He also explained the active role of SkipperSeil in Ghana through 161kV Berekum substation and line in GRIDCo and 33kV Substations at Kisseman and Konongo in ECG.

Skipper also had an exhibition stall showcasing the product range and EPC projects executed/undertaken in recent years.

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Skipper Encourages Innovation and Talent of Students

SkipperSeil Ltd. participated in the third edition of the Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019, an initiative by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and All India Council for Technical Education.
The Grand Finale of the event was conducted on 2nd & 3rd March, 2019 at 48 nodal centers all across India simultaneously and involved over 2 Lakh plus technical students from 2000 educational institutions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the participants through video conferencing. Several problems of various government and industrial organizations were solved by Students by developing new softwares.
Skipper had also given two problem statements on Power Transformer Health Index and Renewable Energy Prediction, which were solved by Students at Grand Finale round at Graphic Era University, Dehradun. Two evaluators from Skipper were present during the event to directly interact with students and assessed the work of teams.
At the end of Grand finale, Skipper awarded the winning teams with cash prizes and certificates.
Mr. Surinder Kumar Negi, President & CEO, SkipperSeil Ltd. said that this type of Government initiatives always encourage the innovation and creativity of students with their mentoring and training from industry specialists to help them become entrepreneurs. #SIH #Innovation #Talent#Award #SmartIndiaHackathon2019 #SmartIndiaHackathon

Skipper successfully commissioned Berekum, GRIDCo Substation & Transmission line Project

Skipper EPC team has successfully commissioned the construction of 161kV/34.5kV Substation and its associated 161kV Transmission Line Sunyani-Berekum (41 Kms) and 34.5kV Distribution Line to Berekum old S/S (4 Kms). The newly constructed project will improve the quality of supply to Berekum, Dormaa, Ahenkro, Sampa and all localities that were earlier served from the Berekum 34.5kV substation. This region was getting the poor power supply due to the severe voltage drops.
Together with stakeholders, Skipper designed & supplied all major equipment including 25/33MVA 161kV Power Transformer, AC/DC station auxiliary and Metering equipment, through its manufacturing unit in Bhiwadi, India & installed the balance of plant and constructed the above project.

The Project was inspected by Hon. William Owuraku Aidoo, Dy. Minister of Energy, Ghana on 22nd February, 2019 and on 26th Feb, 2019, Skipper in the presence of GRIDCo team test charged 161kV 41km transmission line along with161 kV Sub-stations at Brekum.

Skipper Ghana has injected over 400MW into PDS/ECG system as well through construction of 33/11kV substations, supply of many 20/26MVA Power Transformers & over 1000 Distribution Transformers etc. All these Substations along with various Equipment and Skipper Transformers are performing satisfactorily for almost a decade. We congratulate the project teams in SkipperSeil & Skipper Ghana for this success. #SkipperEPC#Berekum #GRIDCo

New Year Message from the Desk of Group President

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Thinking Back…2018
Consolidation – Automation – Control (C-A-C): The mantra of Skipper’s present and future success was taken very seriously in 2018 thus bringing Skipper under vibrant regime of ONE-Skipper. The points considered in 2018 and successfully implemented:-
• Document Management System (DMS) all to be in cloud and accessible with Authority matrix
• Total E-banking, standardization in MIS to bring strong control
• Empowered skippesimplified.com to minimize the use of paper in organization. This site provides access to all skipperites with selective authority to view SOPs, all documents in DMS, Brand Manual and HR related realtime information.
Capex Implementation: In today’s world, the only way to maintain growth within the organization is investment with minimum borrowings. Skipper continued its strong capex spending in 2018 and is just as impressive.
• Skipper house in Victoria Island Lagos become operational in September 2018.
• Skipper new manufacturing plant for Switchgears & Transformers along with consolidated warehouse spread in about 50,000 sq mtr in Ikorodu- Lagos is under construction and will be fully functional by March 2019.
• Construction Machinery and Cranes ownership capacity is being augmented as per ABP (Annual Business Plan) to optimize Civil construction capacity for our Transmission lines, substations and power plants under construction by Skipper Nigeria & it’s SPVs.
• Power Transformers manufacturing capacity is already up-graded from 100MVA/220kV to 500MVA/765kV and Plant capacity from 3000MVA to 12,000MVA PA at Skipper Bhiwadi Plants by investing in test fields, cranes, production line and winding machines etc.

Project Closures within CTC (Time and Budgets): Today’s mantra of success lies in managing projects within budgeted CTC (Cost To Company) and well before agreed timeline. I am personally committed to visit every active project site and meet the cost and timelines. So do I expect from my CXOs and PMs. I am happy to note that – Burkina Faso (Rural Electrification), Togo-CEB (3X161kV Substations), Bihar – India (14X132kV Substations), Bhutan (8X11kV Substations), Calabar CR (10MW- Diesel Power Plant) were completed and handed over to the owners during last 6 months. I wish to congratulate the PMs and CXOs in achieving these milestones.

Open Houses conducted in SKIPPER MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING in India: Open houses are conducted across skipper plants and offices annually. Recent open house sessions were conducted during November 2018 in plant (Supervisors & Above) and offices (Assistant Managers & Above) gave Corp. Hq. Management to realign with the workforce and many suggestions have been picked and approved by the board thus announcing the amendment in SOPs with immediate effect. Some of the suggestions are being implemented directly as such. Same practice is being adapted in African subsidiaries as well year on year.

MDP & EDP (Management & Executive Development Programme): An agency of the international fame has been appointed to drive the programme and do the capacity building of our organic team within Skipper. The first batch of Nigerian subsidiary shall conclude latest by March 2019; thus bringing placement of the winners in higher positions within the group.

Looking Ahead…2019

We shall focus on completion of all projects near completion in the First quarter of this calendar year. I am eager to see the closure and handover of:
• TIGA HEP- Kano (10MW Hydro) in January 2019
• Mando- Kaduna (132kV Bay extension) in January 2019
• Kudendah – Kaduna (132kV Substation) in January 2019
• Lanlate/Abeokuta – Oyo (132kV Substation and bay extension) in April 2019
• Konongo- Ghana (33kV/20/26MVA Substation) in January 2019
• Berekum- Ghana (2X35MVA/161kV Substation, 34.5kV-2km and 161kV-40km lines) by January 2019
• Kenya- KPLC (5X10MVA/33kV Substations and 200km of lines) by March 2019
We will continue to support our CXOs and PMs through cash flow and central support to ensure them meeting their targets.

As we step into 2019, I would like to thank Almighty God for His continued blessings on our Group. We shall strive harder in 2019 at skipper to meet stakeholders’ expectations in deliverance, competitiveness & quality.

Wishing all of you and your wonderful families, A very Happy, Prosperous & Healthy New Year 2019.

Thank you and God Bless

Jitender Sachdeva

Inauguration of “SKIPPER HOUSE” in Lagos, Nigeria

Skipper House is the Exclusive Exhibition/ Display centre cum Office for Skipper and its Associates. Skipper Nigeria uses state-of-the-art assembly plant and warehousing of IPGen (Asset Management arm of SkipperSeil DMCC) in Ikorodu Industrial Area, Lagos, thus assuring ready/early delivery for equipment (Transformers & Skipper panels) manufactured by Skipper.
Skipper commissioned its Regional Headquarters “Skipper House” at E1, Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Soft opening of “Skipper house” was done on 25th September, 2018 by The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, HE Barnabas Bala Bantex.

The inauguration was graced by guests of honour i.e. The President of the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Babatunde Paul Ruwase, Group-ED, Dangote Group, Mr. DVG Edwin, and Group MD- Dangote Cement, Mr. Joseph O. Makoju. Now after the commissioning of “Skipper House” SkipperSeil group has upgraded Nigeria to African headquarters of the group. Skipper House is also a permanent exhibition cum training center for Solar and Smart Home/City Models to train the youth and Power Sector professionals.

Skipper Participation in Power Nigeria 2018

After the inauguration of Skipper headquarters, the delegation visited the Power Nigeria exhibition for opening ceremony where Skipper participated as main sponsor of the event.
Skipper displayed its medium voltage products like Distribution transformer, Metering Panel, Outdoor CT/VT and PSS.

The key customers of Skipper in Africa include Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Lafarge, GRIDCO (Ghana), NIGELEC (Niger), NIPP (Nigeria), ECG (Ghana), CEB (Togo), Dangote Cement, Dangote Oil Refinery and almost all DISCOMs in Nigeria. In addition, many Copper & Gold Mines, Limestone & Uranium Mines, Process & Steel Industries etc. are on Skipper Transformers & Substation.

Successful completion of Team 9 Project, Burkina Faso

​​Skipper EPC team has successfully handed over the Team 9 project- (value USD 12.8M) in May 2018 for construction of MV & LV network at 43 communities in Burkina Faso. The Project was funded by Exim bank and the complete scope of work included achievement of rural electrification works, detailed studies, studies of execution, provision of equipment and facilities, construction lines, trial and commissioning of electrical networks in Burkina Faso under Lot-1 & 4.
Residents of these communities have had to endure without electricity. The objective of this project was to provied electricity to villagers and now it is expected that this project will help address the power challenges.
#RuralElectrification #BurkinaFaso #Skipper #EPCProjects

Skipper sponsors the conference on Solar and Other Renewable Energy sources

Skipper Nigeria sponsored the conference on Solar and renewable energy in Abuja, Nigeria on 21st June, 2018. The event was organized by Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)’s Nigeria Chapter on 21st June, 2018 in Abuja to follow up on the outcomes of Founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) held in New Delhi on 11th March, 2018. Governor of Cross River state HE Ben Ayade & High Commissioner of India to Nigeria HE BN Reddy addressed the audience and applauded skipper’s contribution in Nigeria on renewable energy projects. Skipper is presently executing various SOLAR projects in Northern States of Nigeria in rooftop with storage power, home solutions, mini grids with storage power and on grid MW Projects valuing over 35M USD.
#SolarEnergy #RenewableEnergy #ISA #ASSOCHAM