Nigeria’s liquefied natural gas company, NLNG, said it plans to boost Nigeria’s gas production by looking at supply, then infrastructure, as well as the business or economic framework needed to approach pipeline construction, through the ongoing NLNG train. 7 project. This is in addition to the gas to power initiative which would boost the industrial growth of the country.
This was revealed by Mr. Phillip Mshelbila, Managing Director of Nigeria LNG Ltd during the Nigerian Oil and Gas (NOG) 2022 Conference in Abuja during a panel discussion on the topic “Harnessing Opportunities in the Nigerian Gas Sector”.
Meanwhile, other stakeholders including Mr. Roger Brown, Managing Director of Seplat Energy Plc, said issues faced by industry players include currency convertibility to allow equipment to be imported in dollars, primarily having an income stream in naira.
What they said:
The NLNG leader said there was a need for a collaborative and comprehensive solution to the problem which was already factored into the federal government’s gas decade plan.
He stated“What a lot of people may not know is that we actually have the shot captured as part of the Gas Decade.
“It’s a great job. He looked at the demand for natural gas in Nigeria, domestic and export.
He added that Nigeria’s gas plan has “He looked at the supply, then the infrastructure, then the business or economic framework needed to solve all of this. And he described very specific things that need to be done to fix it”. The plan includes the ongoing NLNG Train 7 project as well as a gas-to-power initiative that would spur industrial growth in the country.
Seplat’s boss, Mr. Roger Brown, said “there is a wall of money ready to enter this country; but they are looking at the barriers to that and one of the biggest barriers is currency.
“So currency convertibility, you know, bringing equipment in dollars and then having a revenue stream mostly in Naira.
“These things are fixable. We have to put them in place in any number of big projects and really exciting projects. And what I love about the economy here in Nigeria is that it’s amazingly good.”
Regarding the increase in supply, he hinted that the $700 million ANOH gas processing company being built by Seplat and NNPC in Asaa, Ohaji/Egbema, Imo State, was almost over.
He said that when completed, it would provide gas to boost much-needed electricity supply to millions of homes and businesses across Nigeria to facilitate better living standards and boost economic growth.
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