By Sunday Elom
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) said it is partnering with Butane Energy Limited to build Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) bottling plants and depots in eight northern states including Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Zamfara, Jigawa, Gombe, Plateau, Niger, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The plants and depots operations are being designed to mitigate constraints being experienced in the area of bulk storage, transportation, distribution and cylinder filling and bulk retail services in the domestic LPG market in the northern part of the country.
Speaking at a media workshop in Lagos, with the theme, ‘Sustaining Nigerian Content amidst Shifting Energy Landscape: The Role of the Media,’ the NCDMB general manager, corporate communications and zonal coordination, Mr. Ginah O. Ginah, said that the NCDMB had carried out several intervention projects in the gas value chain.
According to him, the interventions are part of its effort to operationalize the decade of gas declaration of the federal government, which according to him, is also part of Nigeria’s approach to use gas as transition fuel in the energy transition. He said that the board also adopting research and development (R&D) to facilitate its work towards energy transition.
The interventions according to Mr. Ginah, covers strategic areas including the development of LPG storage terminals and jetties, inland gas processing plants to produce LPG and propane, infrastructure for gas gathering and injection into gas pipeline networks, compressed natural gas (CNG) facilities, and manufacturing of composite LPG cylinders.
Two weeks ago, NCDMB inaugurated a 100 metric tonnes capacity LPG storage and bottling plant built by Butane Energy Limited in partnership with the board in Katsina State targeted addressing supply constraints in the domestic LPG market in the northern part of Nigeria.
The NCDMB chief said further that the board’s other planned investments with the Butane company in LPG storage and bottling plants will come up in Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi States while six depots will be in Zamfara, Jigawa, Gombe, Plateau, Niger and Nasarawa States.
He added that NCDMB had consistently maintained that Nigeria needed to build up its local R&D capabilities in the oil and gas industry, saying that the country needed to initiate innovative solutions that would drive its energy transition in order to avoid heavy dependency on developed countries of the world.