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Seplat, Others Flare 12.3bscf Gas Worth N27.7bn in September




By Adedapo Adesanya

Oil and gas firms operating in Nigeria flared 12.3 billion standard cubic feet (SCF) of gas worth N27.7 billion in September 2021, representing 7.1 per cent of the total gas produced in the country in the month under review, according to data released by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Using the average gas price of $5.511 per 1,000 SCF, as listed by the NNPC, the flaring of 12.26 billion SCF of gas translates to a loss of $67.56 million.

The state oil corporation in the report stated that total gas produced in the country in September stood at 171.93 billion SCF, dropping by 8.4 per cent compared with 187.71 billion SCF of gas produced in August 2021.

In percentage terms, at 12.261 billion SCF, the volume of gas flared in September was 0.11 basis points higher than the 7.02 per cent recorded in August; while in terms of volume, the quantity of gas flared in September was 6.94 per cent lower, compared with the 13.176 billion SCF of gas flared in August.

Particularly, at 13.176 billion SCF, the volume of gas flared in August 2021 represented 7.02 per cent of the 187.71 billion SCF of gas produced in the same month.

Giving a breakdown of Nigeria’s gas output and utilisation in September, the NNPC disclosed that Associated Gas (AG) production stood at 106.395 billion SCF, accounting for 61.88 per cent of total gas output in the country, while Non-Association Gas (NAG) accounted for 38.12 per cent of total gas output, with 65.535 billion SCF.

Of the total gas produced in the month under review, the NNPC noted that 8.592 billion SCF of gas was utilised as fuel gas; 67.473 billion SCF was used by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), and 7.32 billion SCF was utilised by the Escravos Gas to Liquid (EGTL) project.

In addition, the NNPC stated that 2.768 billion SCF was utilised for Natural Gas Liquids/Liquefied Petroleum Gas (NGL/LPG); domestic gas sales through the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) and others, stood at 21.713 billion SCF; while re-injected gas and gas lift make-up stood at 51.53 billion SCF.

As a result, total gas utilised in September 2021, stood at 159.669 billion SCF, representing 92.86 per cent of total gas output in the month under review.

Seplat, in the Joint Venture (JV) category, emerged the worst offender in the month under review, flaring 100 per cent of the 214 million SCF of gas it produced, while Sterling Oil Exploration and Production Company (SEEPCO) in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 143, and Egina, by Total Energies and its JV partners, ranked tops with the least flaring, with 0.01 per cent and 0.31 per cent of their total gas output of 3.896 billion SCF and 3.064 billion SCF, respectively, flared.

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.


Introduction of Capital Gains Tax Could Discourage Investors—Popoola



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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

As part of efforts to raise more funds for the provision of critical infrastructure in the country, the federal government recently introduced the capital gains tax.

This was embedded in the 2021 Finance Act and it required the payment of capital gains tax on transactions worth over N100 million.

The chief executive of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Mr Temi Popoola, applauded this initiative of the government but warned that it could discourage investors, especially the high net-worth individuals (HNIs) and institutional investors, who carried out such heavy deals.

Mr Popoola, who spoke a few months ago at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Fiscal Policy Roundtable, called for a balance.

He admitted that the capital gains tax is in line with the government’s drive towards an increased tax bracket but was only worried about the adverse effect the laudable policy could have on the economy in the long run.

However, Mr Popoola commended the economic policy direction of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that it was an indication of the government’s commitment to driving non-oil revenues into the country.

The NGX chief said the tenets of the 2021 Finance Act brought a lot more clarity on investment such as the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), Capital Gain Tax (CGT) and securities lending transactions.

According to him, investing in real estate investment brings a lot of potential gains and “if you look at our market today, all our assets class has helped to boost investors’ confidence.”

He stated that the Finance Act will boost the capital market and the economy, reiterating NGX’s commitment to adhering to government policy and driving growth in the capital market.

However, he further stressed that the introduction of excise taxes on non-alcoholic beverages and the education tax could also affect the economy.

According to him, these taxes could hamper the ability of companies affected by these developments to raise capital and pay dividends to investors because the policies are coming at a time the economy was undergoing a recovery.

Business Post reports that the event, which precisely took place in March 2022, was put together by NESG to access the impact of the 2021 Finance Act on the economy.

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Inflation in Nigeria Jumps to 16.82% in April 2022



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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday disclosed that inflation in Nigeria increased by 16.82 per cent in April 2022 from the 15.92 per cent recorded in March 2022.

However, on a year-on-year basis, the rate moderated by 1.3 per cent as inflation was 18.12 per cent in the corresponding month of 2021.

The NBS disclosed that the percentage change in the average composite consumer price index (CPI) for the 12 months period ending April 2022 over the average of the CPI for the previous 12 months period was 16.45 per cent, 0.1 per cent lower than the 16.54 per cent recorded in March 2022.

It also stated that in the month under review, the urban inflation rate increased to 17.35 per cent (year-on-year) in April 2022 from 18.68 per cent recorded in April 2021, while the rural inflation rate increased to 16.32 per cent in April 2022 from 17.57 per cent in April 2021.

On a month-on-month basis, the urban index rose to 1.78 per cent in April 2022, up by 0.02 from the rate recorded in March 2022 at 1.76 per cent, while the rural index also rose to 1.74 per cent in April 2022, up by 0.01 from the rate that was recorded in March 2022 at 1.73 per cent.

The corresponding 12-month year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index is 17.01 per cent in April 2022, lower than 17.10 per cent reported in March 2022, while the corresponding rural inflation rate in April 2022 is 15.91 per cent compared to 16.00 per cent recorded in March 2022.

In the report, the stats agency said in April 2022, the composite food index rose by 18.37 per cent in contrast to the 22.72 per cent achieved in April 2021, attributing the increase to a hike in the prices of bread and cereals, food products n.e.c, potatoes, yam, and other tubers, wine, fish, meat, and oils.

On a month-on-month basis, the food sub-index increased to 2.00 per cent in April 2022, up by 0.01 per cent points from 1.99 per cent recorded in March 2022, the report added.

It was further stated that the average annual rate of change of the food sub-index for the 12-month period ending April 2022 over the previous 12-month average is 18.88 per cent, 0.34 per cent points from the average annual rate of change recorded in March 2022 at 19.21 per cent.

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OTC Securities Exchange Closes 0.02% Lower



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By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange closed marginally lower by 0.02 per cent on Monday on the back of a price depreciation in Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc.

The stock, which was the only price loser yesterday, went down by 5 kobo or 0.29 per cent to sell at N16.95 per unit compared to the previous session’s N17.00 per unit.

At the close of transactions, it reduced the market capitalisation of the OTC securities exchange by N250 million to N1.05 trillion from N1.06 trillion and sliced the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) by 0.19 points to 807.56 points from 807.75 points.

Business Post observed that the level of activity during the session was low as the volume of securities recorded a decline of 99.8 per cent to 61,131 units from 7.5 million units, the value of trades also depreciated by 99.8 per cent to N4.6 million from N2.2 billion, while the number of deals remained unchanged at 11 deals.

AG Mortgage Bank Plc closed the session as the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with 2.3 billion units worth N1.2 billion, CSCS Plc was in second place with 661.6 million units worth N13.9 billion, while Food Concepts Plc held the third position with 94 million units worth N77.8 million.

But the most active stock by value (year-to-date) was CSCS Plc with 661.6 million units valued at N13.9 billion, VFD Group followed with 9.4 million units valued at N2.9 billion, and AG Mortgage Bank Plc with 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion.

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