Category Archives: Inaugurations

High Level Del​e​gation attends formal commissioning of 500 MVA / 765kV EHV Power Transformer plant in Bhiwadi

Under the patronage of Aljhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman Dangote Group, Nigeria, State Governors from Nigeria, Minister of State for power along with MD’s of TCN, NAPTIN, REA, NDPHC and more than 80 Engineers up to Directors level from Ministry of Power & Private Sector, Minister of State Power from Ghana along with his MDs inaugurated Skipper’s new EHV manufacturing facility in Bhiwadi, India on 27th August, 2016 marking a significant milestone in the company’s 3 decades-long history. The delegation also included Acting High Commissioner, Nigeria, Senior Members of the Mission, dignitaries from India High Commission in Nigeria, Ministry of foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture in India, Indian Exim Bank, Power Grid and BHEL.

It was a day of great pride for Skipper to have the honour and privilege of extending a very warm welcome to esteemed Delegates on Commissioning of 500 MVA / 765kV EHV Power Transformer plant in Bhiwadi. The Group President, Mr. Jitender Sachdeva said “We have seen our manufacturing levels increase dramatically year-on-year and this is why we needed to build a facility fit for future expansion plans”. Skipper staff gave the visitors a guided tour inside the factory where they got a glimpse of the state of the art manufacturing facilities. On the side lines of the Inauguration of new Unit of manufacturing Extra high Voltage Transformers, Skipper had arranged a Symposium on “Condition Monitoring of Transformers, Sub-Stations, Distribution and Transmission Networks”. Several eminent experts in the Industry Mr. M. VijayaKumaran, Technical Expert, Mr. Akin Ozkutan, General Manager, Cargil, Mr. C Chitnis, Head-Consumer Engineering, Network Planning and Distribution Automation, The Tata Power Company Ltd, Mr. R Nagarajan, Head Technical, CTR, Mr. Sameer Gaikwad, MD of India Operation, Goble Engineering Corporation, Mr. P. Subramanian, COO, GTA Engineering Nigeria Ltd. were invited to present their Papers in the Seminar, titled, COMTRANS-2016. The Seminar was held in the Ball Room of The Oberoi Hotel, Gurgaon at 6:00PM on 26th August 2016. The seminar was greatly appreciated by the stalwarts of Power Industry from Nigeria, Ghana and India who attended in large number. Skipper was formally incorporated in 1986 with its first Power Transformer Manufacturing Plant in India. Today, Skipper owns and operates 5 manufacturing facilities in India and Nigeria and more than 10 regional offices in India, Nigeria, UAE, Ghana, Kenya and other West African counties. The opening of the new manufacturing Plant marks another important milestone in the history of Skipper. This investment shows the clear commitment of Skipper to the growing needs in Power Sector. On behalf of Skipper family, we would like to extend profound gratitude to each delegate for his/her august presence on the Occasion.
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Grand Curtain Raiser – Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria visited Skipper’s EHV Power Transformer Manufacturing Plant at Bhiwadi, Rajasthan, India.

11th July, 2016 was remarkable day for Skipper when His Excellency Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufaithe Executive Governor of Kaduna State Nigeria along with his vibrant team visited the state of art EHV Transformer Manufacturing Plant and other manufacturing facilities of Skipper situated at Bhiwadi Rajasthan India.
On this occasion, His Excellency the Executive Governor Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai acknowledged the efforts of Skipper in power sector by saying that “I am impressed with Skipper’s manufacturing facilities. Skipper has a clear and aggressive vision. I wish Skipper all the best and look forward to a stronger, enduring and beneficial partnership with Kaduna State Government and Nigeria.
Over the years Skipper established a strong presence in power sector in India and Nigeria as well.
Visit to Skipper’s manufacturing facilities was followed by meetings of His Excellency the Executive Governor with Companies who have partnered with Skipper in Nigeria. His Excellency was apprised:
• Opening of Skipper Eye-Q,first Eye care Hospital in Nigeria. Skipper Eye-Q committed to provide best quality eye care services at affordable cost across Nigeria. Eye-Q India has 44 Superspeciality Eye Hospitals & Clinics across India.
• To extend the service arm of Skipper, GTA Power Mech entered Nigeria to give its valued services in Turbine Repair, operation & maintenance of Power Plants across Ecowas region.
His Excellency appreciated Skipper’s initiatives of bringing these companies as investor partners to Nigeria.
After a long but fruitful deliberation during the day, evening was filled with joy followed by Gala Dinner. In the honor of, His Excellency visit, the event was marked by important announcement of 500 free cataract surgeries for Kaduna State citizens. These surgeries will be carried out at Skipper Eye-Q Super Speciality Eye hospital in Victoria Island, Lagos under corporate social responsibility(CSR) initiative of SkipperSeil Group.
The event was manifested with launching of Technical Curriculum books for eight courses and 100 educational videos for Kaduna Skipper Engineering Academy by His Excellency and High Commissioners and Ambassadors of Nigeria, Ghana, Benin & Ivory Coast.
On behalf of Skipper family, we wish to extend our sincere thanks to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria and the distinguished guests for their August presence on this occasion.

Guests of Honor for the event were:
H.E. Sola Enikanolaiye, Acting High Commissioner, High Commission of Nigeria
H.E. Samuel Panyin Yalley , High Commissioner, High Commission of Ghana
H.E. André Sanra, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Benin
H.E. Ali Illiassou, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Niger
H.E. Idriss Raoua Ouedraogo, Ambassador, Embassy of Burkina Faso
H.E. Sainy Tiemele, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Cote d’ Ivoire
H.E. Alexandre Cécé Loua, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Guinea
H.E. Alem Tsehaye Woldemariam, Ambassador, Embassy of the State of Eritrea
Mr Shakiru Olajimi Lawal, Economic advisor to H.E. Governor, Kaduna State
Dr. Ajay Sharma, Chairman- Eye-Q Super Specialty Hospital, India
Mr. Kishore Babu, Chairman & Managing Director, Power Mech Projects Ltd.
Mr. SKV Ramacharyulu, General Manager(I.O.) (Representing CMD, BHEL)
Directors of SkipperSeil group and other stake holders.

Skipper’s landmark CSR : LSEA, a milestone in skills development initiative

The Lagos-Skipper Engineering Academy (LSEA) was commissioned by His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, Governor of Lagos State on Wednesday 26th November, 2014.

It is the outcome of a collaborative effort between SkipperSeil Group, World-Bank funded Lagos EKO Project, Lagos State Electricity Board and LASTVEB for the development of a well-equipped facility that will produce highly skilled frontline technicians in the area of power and electrical engineering.

Skipper's Group President addressing the distinguished audience and the press, as HE The Lagos State Governor looks on
Skipper’s Group President addressing the distinguished audience and the press, as HE The Governor of Lagos State looks on

With a vision of “Delivering Excellence Through Theory and Practice”, LSEA is Skipper’s flagship CSR initiative in the education and skill development area. This Academy, situated within the premises of the Government Technical College, Ikotun will complement the current three-year technical education being carried out across the state technical colleges by focusing on both practical and theoretical training relevant to current industrial and domestic needs. The Government Technical College, Ikotun has over 900 students with about 200 of them taking the electrical trade course. The Academy is fully equipped with the latest equipment training aids and draws on comprehensive curriculum drawn from best practices in technical education.

A Look into the LSEA Labs
A Look into the LSEA Labs
LSEA Workshop Area
The workshop area

As one of the landmark initiatives by Skipper for Nigeria, we look forward to partnering with the Industry and the Government.

Skipper Announces Successful Commissioning of World-Bank funded Mararaba Substation, Nigeria

Skipper proudly announces the successful commissioning of 1 X15 MVA substation of LOT 4 Project Management Unit (PMU) in Mararaba, Nigeria. This World-Bank funded project for Transmission Commission of Nigeria (TCN) will enhance the power requirements of Mararaba town and nearby areas and ensure increased power availability and fewer power cuts for residents.

Skipper Team Commissioning Panel Boards for the project
Skipper Team Commissioning Panel Boards for the project

Project Details are as follows:

Total No. of Feeders : 4

HT – 12.7 km

LT – 57.5 km

500kVA Transformer – 42 nos.

Project Value: On- Shore: 193.199 NMN, Off -Shore: 3.273 MUSD

1 X15 MVA Skipper Power Transformer On-site
1 X15 MVA Skipper Power Transformer On-site

We congratulate Mr. R. Sanjeev Kumar (Project Head), Mr. Hardip (Testing & Commissioning Expert), Mr. Mani Kankan Prabhu (Project Engineer) and other members of the LOT 4 team to complete this landmark project in 9 months. We also take the opportunity to congratulate Mr. B. Srinivas, COO – Skipper Nigeria and Mr. Praveen Gupta, Head – Commercial who mentored the project team team as well as the SCM, Accounts and Admin teams in Nigeria who made the timely delivery of this project possible.

Mr. R. Sanjeev Kumar (Project Head), Mr. Hardip (Testing & Commissioning Expert), Mr. Mani Kankan Prabhu (Project Engineer) and other members of the LOT 4 team
Mr. R. Sanjeev Kumar (Project Head), Mr. Hardip (Testing & Commissioning Expert), Mr. Mani Kankan Prabhu (Project Engineer) and other members of the LOT 4 team

Skipper Commences Civil Construction of Unit-V at Kaharani Industrial Area, Bhiwadi

Bhoomi Pujan (Earth Breaking Ceremony) & commencement of civil construction for the project Transformer Factory and Associated Works at Kaharani Industrial Area, Bhiwadi, Rajasthan was done on Wednesday, 9 July 2014, at 10:30am. The function was conducted by Very Rev. M S Skariah Ramban, Diocesan Secretory- St. Basil Orthodox Church, assisted by Rev. Fr. Thomas Varghese.

Ground Breaking Ceremony of Unit V Bhiwadi India
Very Rev. M S Skariah Ramban conducting the Ground Breaking Ceremony

The products that will be manufactured at this new facility include EHV transformers upto 315MVA/400kV, Dry Type Distribution Transformers upto 5MVA 11/33kV, GIS & HGIS upto 220kV and Current and Voltage Transformers upto 220kV in the phase-1, whereas in phase-II, we shall have 765kV range of Power Transformers and Instrument Transformers.

The ceremony witnessed heavy participation from employees of Skipper Electricals (India) Ltd. The team was led by Mr. Deepak Kashyap, COO – Skipper Electricals (India) Ltd. Mr. Siddhant Sachdeva, Executive Manager – Skipper t&d. along with Mr. Bisht, DVP-EPC and Mr. Anil Kumar Choudhary, Assistant Manager – Civil, who conducted the formal meeting thereafter.

We heartily congratulate the project team:

1. Project Director – Mr. Winnie Thomas (M. Engg – Civil Engineering Design & MSc. Construction Project Management)
2. Project Manager – Mr. J K Gautam
3. Senior Manager – Mr. Sanjay Kant
4. Store Manager – Mr. Kunjumon
5. Senior Labour Supervisor – Mr. Kamlesh Sharma
6. Procurement and Local Coordinator – Mr. Sunder Singh

Foundation Laying Ceremony of 10MW Tiga Hydro Electricity Power Station in Nigeria

The foundation laying ceremony of the 10 MW Tiga hydro electricity Power station project was conducted on 30th May, 2014 and performed by the former Head of State Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). The event was presided over by Kano State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and the welcome address was given by Secretary to the State Government and Head of Civil Services of Kano, Hon. Engr. Dr. Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi.

Project Features
Project Features

The ceremony was well attended by other dignitaries including Commissioners, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport, Hon. Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, district heads, permanent secretaries, and project implementation committee members.

HE The Chief Guest being escorted to the Foundation Site

HE The Governor commended the on-schedule work being done by Skipper and mentioned that the Tiga project will be completed in January 2015 and the second Independent Power Project at Challawa Gorge dam, generating 25MW power, will be completed in March, 2015. Both the projects, with a total capacity of 35MW, are being executed by Skipper t&d are the biggest in Northern Nigeria and one of the most capital intensive projects in recent times. On completion, the projects are estimated to transform the economy of the state.

Guest, Mr Shehu with Mr Pankaj Sachdeva, Joint Group President, Skipper t&d

In his address to the present gathering, Joint Group President, Skipper t & d, Mr. Pankaj Sachdeva explained the salient features of the project. Detailing Skipper’s active focus on safety, quality and environment, he mentioned that in order to ensure that the project meets world-class standards, experts such as Voith, Bangalore Hydro and AF consultants were selected for supply of major items, design and project monitoring. Mr. Sachdeva also spoke about Skipper’s readiness to deliver the Kano projects efficiently and on schedule.