NIGERIA – Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has secured approval to produce Liquified Petroleum Gas (cooking gas) to ensure 10 percent of current nationwide demand.
The Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Eng. Simbi Kesiye Wabote announced this while speaking at the 2022 Nigerian International Energy Summit (NIES), in Abuja.
The procedure will see NCDMB work alongside select partners to produce the Liquified Petroleum Gas.
Wabote said the Board recently secured the approval of its Governing Council for a partnership to produce 123,000 metric tonnes per annum LPG.
The production is set to come from the Utorogu Gas Plant, in Warri, Delta State, to enhance local production of LPG and reduce import requirements.
“The Board’s latest efforts are geared towards actualizing the Federal Government’s Decade of Gas Policy as well as the overarching Nigerian Content aspirations,” said Eng. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary NCDMB.
“The Federal Government had introduced clear policies to make the nation become a gas-powered economy.”
He also highlighted other boards’ investments and partnerships in the gas sector including the creation of a 10 hectares gas hub in Polaku, Bayelsa State.
The Polaku facility hosts gas-based infrastructure and facilities, LPG jetties/terminals, storage facilities, inland transportation, cylinders manufacturing, bottling, and retail.
Wabote further stated that the NCDMB’s partnerships in the gas sector have unlocked 6,000metric tonnes of LPG storage facilities, annual production of 1.2million LPG composite cylinders.
It has also built infrastructure and facilities for processing of 840MMscfd of gas across fourteen states of the federation.
The projects will try to reduce the amount of cooking gas imported by the West African country that currently stands at about 55% of total consumed gas in Nigeria.
Despite huge gas resources, currently hovering around 206 trillion standard cubic feet, Nigeria still imports LPG from Algeria Equatorial Guinea, and the US.
Domestic gas expansion plans and local consumption are faced with poverty, high price, unemployment as well as inflation, and devaluation.
To overcome energy challenges, the West African nations must begin to develop or adapt technologies such as rigs, and other equipment that will enable the production and utilization of hydrocarbons.
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