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Nigeria Exports 43% of Total Gas Produced as Reserves Hit 202TCF

By Dipo Olowookere

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Maikanti Baru, has disclosed that the nation’s current proven gas reserves stand at about 202 trillion cubic feet (TCF), up from initial figure of 199TCF with a potential for up to 600TCF in undiscovered resources.

Speaking at the 11th Nigerian Gas Association International Conference & Exhibition, the NNPC chief said based on these numbers, Nigeria had almost 10 times the Trinidadian reserves base and is 9th in the world based on proven gas reserves, saying, with the undiscovered potential, Nigeria could be in the same league as Iran, Qatar, and Russia.

In terms of production, the NNPC GMD informed that current average gas production is in the region of 8.5bscfd.

According to him, of this volume, about 3.7bscfd (43 percent of total gas production) is exported, 2.7bscfd (32 percent of total gas production) is used upstream for gas re-injection/gas-lift, 1.5bscfd (18 percent of total gas production) is used domestically for power and industries, while the balance of 0.6 bscfd (7 percent of total gas production) is currently being flared

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Mr Baru said the country had significantly increased domestic gas supply and had reformed the commercial framework for gas by reviewing the domestic gas price to export parity and developed World class standardized gas supply agreements.

It was further disclosed that in order to optimise the nation’s vast gas resources, a contract has been sealed between NNPC and a private firm for the activation of virtual gas pipeline network for power generation.

The project, which would be facilitated through the installation of Mini-LNG plants, is designed to supply, in the first instance, about 84 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscf/d) by transporting gas from production fields using customized cryogenic tankers to areas that are not easily accessible through pipelines.

Mr Baru stated that the innovative gas supply technique would also further develop Nigeria’s energy sector and consequently help revitalize the manufacturing, textile and housing sectors through provision of the much needed affordable energy source.

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The NNPC GMD noted that attainment of effective gas penetration was key to enhancing industrial growth of the transit towns and villages.

He said this was in tandem with the objectives of the current administration’s Economic Growth Recovery Plan (ERGP) which in part aims to accelerate non-oil revenues, improve transportation infrastructure, drive industrialisation, stabilise macroeconomic environment, achieve agriculture and food sufficiency and ensure energy sufficiency.

The GMD noted that, going forward NNPC had developed a clear cut strategy for growing gas supply to meet the unprecedented growth in gas demand through, namely:  completion of the short term gas supply projects, Incremental supply from Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Oredo, Utorogu and Odidi re-entry projects. He said upon completion, the projects would deliver about 240mmscfd of gas to the domestic market by Q4 2018.

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The NNPC GMD said the corporation had made massive investments in the promotion of the usage of cooking gas with the revamp of the eight (8) LPG Butanization plants in Apapa, Ibadan, Oshogbo, Enugu, Ilorin, Gombe, Makurdi and Kano.

“Our plan is to connect all the stations through pipelines to bring Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) closer to consumers,” he said.

The GMD called on members of NGA to join forces with the NNPC and other stakeholders to ensure complete attainment of the Federal Government’s aspiration for the gas sub-sector.

Earlier in his welcome address, NGA President, Engr. Dada Thomas emphasized the need for Nigeria to achieve optimization of its enormous gas resources through constructive engagements with stakeholders across value chain.

He explained that NGA would continue to work with all relevant stakeholders to attain this central objective in the years and decades ahead.

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Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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