Chris Steven, Abuja
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and its partners have evolved a scheme to grow gas supply for domestic consumption by 285 percent from1.3billion standard cubic feet per day to 5bscf/d by 2020.
This is in a bid to realize the Federal Government’s mandate to deploy the nation’s gas resources to stimulate economic growth.
This was made public at the 7 Critical Gas Development Projects (7CGDP) stakeholders’ meeting at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
The stakeholders made up of NNPC and seven other oil and gas companies listed the seven projects earmarked for fast-track execution to meet the 285 percent domestic gas supply growth projection to include: Assa North-Ohaji South Field Development (ANOH); Oil Mining Lease 24 and OML 18 Joint Development and Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture/Nigeria Agip Oil Company Joint Venture Unitized Gas Fields.
Others are: NPDC’s OML 26, 30, 42 and Chevron Nigeria Limited’s OML 49 Makaraba Cluster Development; SPDC JV Gas Supply to Brass Fertilizer Company; OML 13 Cluster Development and Cluster Development of Okpokunou/Tuomo West (OML 35/62).
Speaking during the meeting, Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Kacalla Baru, disclosed that the Federal Government has directed the Corporation to aggressively pursue gas development to jump start the nation’s economic growth.
According to him, the strategic focus for achieving the Federal Government’s mandate include growing capacity to supply enough gas to generate 15Gigawatts of electricity to the power sector by 2020, stimulating gas-based industrialisation by positioning Nigeria as the African regional hub for gas-based industries such as Fertilizer, Petrochemicals, Methanol and developing gas for export by selectively expanding export footprint in high value and strategic foreign markets.
He said appropriate funding for the seven critical gas projects should be a priority and a key success factor, adding that alternative funding through third party financing option would be adopted to facilitate execution of these vital projects.
The GMD urged the partners work together to ensure that the critical gas projects were executed expeditiously for the benefit of the country, adding that NNPC Top Management was available to work with all stakeholders to ensure timely delivery of the projects.
Responding, the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Osagie Okunbor, applauded the GMD for his uncommon focus to ensure optimal production and delivery of gas to power, industry and for export, assuring that with proper alignment of the key parties, the projects would be delivered as scheduled.
Endorsing the partnership, the Director of Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, who was represented at the meeting, assured the stakeholders that the DPR would provide all the needed support to ensure the timely delivery of the projects.
Present at the meeting were the seven critical stakeholders which include: Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC); Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC); Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC); Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL); Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLc; Newcross Exploration and Production Limited and Eroton Exploration and Production.