FG Jacks Up Natural Gas Prices to $2.42 for Gencos

April 2, 2024
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By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government has announced a new price of natural gas for power generation companies.

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) unveiled the new domestic base price and wholesale natural gas prices for 2024, raising the value to $2.42 per metric million British thermal units from the previous rate of $2.18 mmbtu.

In the statement announced and signed by the chief executive of the NMDPRA, Mr Farouk Ahmed, it also pegged the cost of commercial gas at $2.92 mmbtu, up from the previous cost of $2.5 mmbtu.

Mr Ahmed said the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA 2021) assented to by former President Muhammadu Buhari on August 16, 2021, and gazetted in August 2021, provided a clear regulatory framework for the determination of a market-based pricing regime for the domestic gas market.

He further explained that the increase was in line with section 167, the third and fourth schedule of the PIA 2021, which mandated the regulator to determine the Domestic Base Price and the marketable wholesale price of natural gas supplied to the strategic sectors.

He said, “The DBP at the marketable gas delivery point under Sector 167(1) and other provisions of the PIA shall be determined based on regulations which incorporate among such other matters, the following principles.

“(a) The price must be of a level to bring forward sufficient natural gas supplies for the domestic market voluntarily by the upstream producers.

“(b) The price shall not be higher than the average of similar natural gas prices in major emerging countries which are significant natural gas producers.

“(c) Lowest cost of gas supply based on three-tier cost of supply framework. (d) Market-related prices tied to international benchmarks.”

The NMDPRA then emphasised that it had set the “2024 Domestic Base Price at $2.42/MMBTU and wholesale prices for natural gas in strategic sectors, following consultations with stakeholders and in compliance with the PIA and Gas Pricing Regulations.”

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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