The media in Nigeria has been encouraged to deliberately give attention to the federal government’s concerns, objectives and projections in the Decade of Gas, as well as the efforts of the Nigerian Content Development Management Board [NCDMB] to sustain the philosophy
Addressing media stakeholders parley in Abuja, the general manager, corporate communications and zonal coordination, Mr. Ginah O. Ginah, said President Muhammadu Buhari had declared 2021 – 2030 as Nigeria’s Decade of Gas with the determination to exploit the nation’s abundant gas resources to accelerate the development of the economy.
The declaration, Ginah said, aligns fully with the rising global demand for cleaner energy sources and the demand for the reduction of global carbon emissions through the reduction in the utilization of fossil fuels.
“The federal government’s strategy is to use gas as Nigeria’s transition fuel. The ministry of petroleum resources has backed this position with bold policies such as the National Gas Expansion Program, Gas Network Code and Flares Commercialisation programme,” he said.
The media parley was themed: Enhancing Media Competencies, To Support Nigerian Content In A Gas Economy.
Ginah emphasised that as a responsive agency, the NCDMB has also taken deliberate steps, including partnerships and collaborations, to actualize the federal government’s declarations in gas and other aspects of the oil and gas value chain.
In all, the board has partnered with 15 firms to set up projects covering modular refining, gas processing, gas distribution, power generation, manufacturing and others.
“It is worthy of note that 70% of our investments are on gas-based activities, especially midstream and downstream gas. Our investments underscore the importance of gas to Nigeria’s economic sustainability, apart from its role in the energy transition.
“We know for certain that gas can lead Nigeria to food sufficiency, industrialization, increase in gross domestic product, and electric power sufficiency,” he said.
The GM stressed that the investments by the NCDMB are helping to create employment opportunities for Nigerian youths, catalyze the local economy and achieve the Nigerian Content 10-Year Strategic Roadmap
Some of NCDMB’s gas-based projects include partnerships with Rungas to produce 1.2million LPG composite cylinders per annum in Bayelsa and Lagos states the collaboration with NEDO Gas Processing Company in Kwale, Delta state for the establishment of 80 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant and a 300 million standard cubic feet per day gas gathering hub.
The Board is also working with Duport Midstream to establish an energy park at Egbokor, Edo state. The park would include a 40 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant, 2,500 barrels per day modular refinery and 20 megawatts power plants.
The Board partnered with the NNPC to invest in Brass Fertilizer and established 10,000 tonnes per day methanol production plant at Odioama, Brass, Bayelsa state. The Board is also investing with Triansel Gas Limited in Koko, Delta state to establish a 5,000metric tons per day LPG storage and loading terminal facility.
Up north, NCDMB supported Butane Energy Limited to establish LPG bottling plants and depots in Abuja and 10 northern states.
“We are investing with MOB Integrated Services for the construction of the 500 Million Tons Inland LPG terminal in Dikko, Niger State. The project will include the construction of a cylinder refurbishment plant, procurement of 80,000bottles of LPG cylinders and acquisition of distribution assets.
“Another important partnership is with Southfield Petroleum to establish 200 million metric standard cubic feet of gas processing plant at Utorogu, Delta State. The project will produce 123,000million tons per annum of LPG, about 10% of current LPG demand nationwide,” the GM stated.
Other collaborations include with Amal Technologies to set up a plant in Abuja to produce smart gas/smoke detector alarm devices.
Ginah explained that collaborations and stakeholder engagements constitute one of the four enablers of the Nigerian Content 10-year strategic roadmap, with five key pillars.
“We are happy to report that we have recorded huge achievements in the implementation of this roadmap since we launched it in 2017 when Nigerian Content performance was at 26%.”