The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC recently launched a $60m Egbeoma gas processing plant in Ebedei Community, Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.
The launch was headed by the Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru who noted that the commission was committed to achieving federal Government’s aspiration as expressed in the gas policy, environmental policy and domestic gas utilization policy.
He said “I see this initiative as the beginning of an end to the last mile of gas flaring in Nigeria. This plant is a hallmark of Nigerian engineering prowess and local content capacity”.
Baru congratulated PNG Gas Limited, operators of the Egbeoma Gas Plant noting that the development fitted squarely into the Federal Government’s gas aspiration of using gas as an enabler for energy independence, industrial development, commerce and environmental and social sustainability.
Describing the lauch as a great achievement, he said the conceptualisation and actualisation of the gas plant project dream had reinforced NNPC’s confidence in the potential of Nigerian indigenous companies.
He further encouraged operators who had assets close to the plant and the OB3 pipeline to use the venture in collaborating with PNG Gas limited to supply gas so as to maximize the plant’s capacity, access and commercialise all existing flares.
According to the Egbeoma Gas Plant project supervisor, Charles Osezua, the plant represented the success story of Nigerian engineering and that the NNPC was pivotal in bringing together the nation’s gas producers to create a gas hub in the country.
He noted that since inception in 2016, the plant had been running at 97 per cent of installed capacity with a safety record of about 1.5million man-hours of operation without loss time injury.