50 Years of Siemens Nigeria

Redefining Nigeria for Tomorrow: The History and Timeline of Siemens in Nigeria

Siemens: An integral part of the Nigerian economy since 1970

In 1970, Nigeria was a 12-state country of about 55 million people, with an economy mostly based on agriculture and an emerging oil sector.
50 years Siemens Nigeria

Reaching 50 years in Nigeria is a proud moment on a most fullfilling journey. Ensuring the success of Nigeria's dynamic and knowledge-based economy had always been a key objective for Siemens and remains a top priority. We stand for innovation, growth and development and this is echoed in our proven track record in Nigeria


It's time to celebrate the impact and success we have achieved in Nigeria in the past 50 years and to reflect on the great future ahead of us

That was the backdrop against which Siemens set up its first offices in Nigeria in 1970.  However, Siemens had previously established a footprint back in the 1950s when the parent company, Siemens AG began its first exports to Nigeria. Following this, representative agreements with trading firms in Nigeria enabled Siemens to sell its own manufactured electrical products. 

Siemens embarked on its first major project in 1964 with the construction of a hydro-electric power plant in Kainji, situated in the present day Niger State, which generated electricity for all the major cities throughout Nigeria. This was a precursor of the impact the company would have on the socio-economic development of Nigeria especially in the Power, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Healthcare sectors. 

Siemens Nigeria Limited was incorporated on September 4, 1970 and immediately sought to support national efforts to rebuild and revamp key sectors in line with the country’s development priorities. This was in accordance with the company’s guiding philosophy of making significant contributions to the sustainable development in its areas of operation. Indeed, since 1970, Siemens has implemented various effective stakeholder initiatives which have benefited children, youth and the local communities.  The company creates shared value through access to technology, education and sustaining communities. 

The turn of the millennium witnessed a significant uptick in the scale of Siemens’ operations in Nigeria with the 276MW completion of the Afam V power plant located in River State, in 2001 and commissioned in 2002, consisting of 2 units of Siemens V94.2 gas turbines.  Also worthy of note was a full turnkey greenfield project based on 3 SGT5-2000E gas turbines, the Geregu I power plant in Kogi state, which boosted the national grid by an additional 414 MW in base-load operations and is consistently ranked among the most reliable plants in the country.

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, then Nigerian President in 2012, commissioned the Dangote cement plant in Ibese, Ogun state. The plant’s three single cycle energy efficient gas turbine units (SGT800) with a combined capacity of 112.5MW (3 x 37.5MW) was supplied by Siemens. 

The Nigerian President was also in attendance to commission the Geregu II Power Plant with an impressive capacity of 434MW, which Siemens built in Kogi State, consisting of three Siemens SGT5-2000E gas turbines in simple-cycle mode. The plant was completed and handed over to the customer, Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHC) in May 2013 on budget and within the delivery time.

In 2014, Siemens was selected for the Azura-Edo IPP comprising a 450MW open cycle gas turbine power plant; a short transmission line connecting the power plant to a local substation and a short underground gas pipeline connecting the power plant to the country’s main gas-supply.  Representing the first phase of a 1,500MW power plant facility, the Azura Edo IPP open cycle gas turbine power station was responsible for the generation of up to 10% of electricity into the national grid. 

Siemens signed a contract with the BUA Group to supply three trail-blazing SGT-500 gas turbines for its cement factory in Edo State and also partnered with Nigerian companies such as GIL Automations Limited Mikano International Limited, for the assembly of low-voltage distribution systems, compact substations, traffic lighting and control systems as well as the supply and servicing of the Building Technologies Division’s products and solutions.  

Siemens also completed the implementation of several substation automation projects on a nationwide basis and was selected to supply protection and substation control automation systems for the Transmission Company of Nigeria’s (TCN) 132/33-kV high-voltage substation at Damaturu.

The pioneering Lagos Energy Academy, set up to provide world-class vocational training on broad-ranging topics relevant to the power sector value chain, was created through a partnership between Siemens and the Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB). The Lagos Energy Academy combines a classroom-based approach as well as practical vocational training to address the skilled labor requirements of stakeholders in the Energy sector. This is also a major contribution towards Nigeria’s long-term developmental goals and localization agenda in the oil & gas sector, as well as a demonstration of Siemens’ abiding commitment to addressing the need for local technical support in Nigeria’s Oil & Gas industry.  This is achieved through the provision of innovative equipment, deploying technology and offering aftermarket service through Siemens’ Field service representatives who have received world-class training across the company’s factories globally.

In 2016, following the acquisition of Dresser-Rand in Nigeria in May 2015, Siemens built a workshop to provide the local market with world-class products, solutions and services in order to ensure a comprehensive portfolio of equipment and capability for customers in the power generation, oil & gas and utilities sectors. 

Most recently, Siemens partnered with the Federal Government of Nigeria on the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) aimed at upgrading the electricity grid network and increasing operational capacity currently at 4,500 MW to 25,000 megawatts (MW) by 2025 through a three-phased project. The PPI will lay the groundwork to ensure reliable power supply for millions of Nigerians, job creation for thousands, and the generation of new opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the country.  This project is expected to significantly contribute to the growth of Nigeria’s GDP and boost economic productivity.

In July 2019, Siemens announced a spinoff of our energy business, now called Siemens Energy, to create a powerful pure play company in the energy and electricity sector with strong focus on clean and reliable energy for a sustainable future. 

Throughout the 50-year journey in the country, Siemens has significantly impacted the nation’s critical development goals and remains resolutely committed to providing comprehensive solutions which would support the diversification, industrialization and technological development of Nigeria in the years ahead.