NNPC boss forecasts end of gas flaring in  Nigeria

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Chibisi Ohakah

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru has described the $60 million Egbeoma Gas Processing Plant as the harbinger of the end of gas flaring in Nigeria, adding that the plant is the hallmark of Nigerian engineering prowess and local content capacity

Speaking during the commissioning of the plant, located at the Ebedei Community, Ukwuani local government area of Delta state, Baru described the achievement as a no mean feat, adding that the conceptualisation and actualisation of the gas plant project dream had reinforced NNPC’s confidence in the potential of Nigerian indigenous companies.

He urged operators whose assets were close to the plant and the OB3 pipeline to seize the opportunity by collaborating with PNG Gas Limited, operators of the gas plant, to supply gas to maximise the plant’s capacity, access and commercialise all existing flares.

Speaking further, Baru said the NNPC was committed to pursuing the Federal Government’s aspiration of aggressively deploying the nation’s vast gas resources for economic growth.

“The NNPC is committed to the Federal Government’s aspirations as expressed in the gas policy, environmental policy and domestic gas utilisation policy,” he said. He congratulated PNG Gas Limited, and noted that the development fitted squarely into the FG’s gas aspiration of using gas as an enabler for energy independence, industrial development, commerce and environmental and social sustainability.

The chief operator of the Egbeoma Gas Plant project, Charles Osezua, said the plant represented the success story of Nigerian engineering. “Our dream is to help realise the FG’s drive of building a gas hub in this area by processing 150mmscfd of gas which will not only generate power but also support the growth of the nation’s economy,” Osezua stated.

According to him, since inception in 2016, the plant had been running at 97% of installed capacity with a safety record of about 1.5million man-hours of operation without loss time injury. He said the NNPC had a major role to play in galvanising and bringing together the nation’s gas producers with a view to creating a gas hub in the country.

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