The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources,
The Minister made this known in his keynote address at the commissioning of the Nigerian Army Welfare Limited Guaranty Gas plant at Mambilla Barracks, Abuja.
According to This day, he said “We are working with the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) companies producing cylinders, with very strong presidentially backed incentives to enable them to produce LPG cylinders in this country. About four of them are getting facilities from the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) from the more than 200 million facilities we have”.
He further explained that import exemption for materials were already gotten for the plants adding that cylinders produced by the companies would be distributed free to consumers as part of efforts to encourage local consumption in the country.
According to him, the government is also planning to optimise the country’s vast resources through the virtual gas pipeline system. Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has signed a contract with a private firm for the activation of the virtual gas pipeline network for power generation. The virtual gas pipeline will be used by specialised trucks to take products from production centres to destinations in the hinterland.
The project, which will be facilitated through the installation of Mini-LNG plants, is designed to supply, in the first instance, about 84 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscf/d) by transporting gas from production fields using customized cryogenic tankers to areas not easily accessible through pipelines.
Apparently, the development is timely especially at a time that Nigeria’s current proven gas reserve is about 202 trillion cubic feet (TCF), up from the initial figure of 199TCFwith a potential for up to 600TCF in undiscovered resources.
Furthermore, Kachikwu noted that that efforts were already in place for the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to have regulations that would make every filling station operate a gas filling point adding that if the more than 10,000 filling stations in the country were to have a gas filling pump, it would go a long way towards helping to achieve the LPG penetration drive of the government.
While addressing gas flaring, he mentioned that the government was still committed to stopping gas flaring under the gas commercialisation project by the year 2020; 10 years ahead of the United Nation’s deadline. He also praised the military for the project saying that their commitment to securing the project was in line with the 7Bigwins of the government.
Kachikwu added that if the project is properly managed, it would create jobs and help to maintain clean environment among other things urging stakeholders to emulate the military to help boost domestic use of LPG in the country.