Firm calls for regulation of substance to protect environment

Power Transmission Substation

At the recently concluded Power & Water Nigeria Exhibition and Conference 2022, a power management company, Eaton Nigeria, restated its advocacy for regulation as a measure to curb the use of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) gas in switchgears used for electrical power distribution.

The event, which was organised by Vertex Global services, saw the participation of experts and exhibitors from over 20 countries. The event enabled global stakeholders’ discussions, on-the-spot assessment of region’s opportunities in power generation, distribution, renewables, and water & utilities sectors, as well as exhibition from leading local and international suppliers.

 According to the Regional Sales Manager, Eaton West AFrica, Charles Iyo, while making a presentation on the topic  ‘A Call to Action on the dirtiest greenhouse gas in clean energy’, “Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) gas which is used in the production of most switchgears remains one of the world’s potent greenhouse gases that adversely affect the environment.

The 1kg of SF6 is equivalent to 23,500 Kg of CO2 in global warming potential, and each unit of switchgear is estimated to use 2.5 kg of SF6 gas; which makes it devastatingly dangerous to the climate.

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“Government in Africa, especially Nigeria, needs to take proactive measures such as implementing new regulations to ban the use of SF6 Gas in switchgear production.


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