The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is set to launch seven critical gas development projects (7CGDP) which will generate an additional 15,000 megawatts of electricity in the country by 2020.
The 7CGDPs are scheduled to deliver about 3.4 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (bscfd), and will be fast tracked in line with a projected short, medium and long term supply gap.
Maikanti Baru, group managing director of NNPC, who was represented by Bello Rabiu, chief operating officer, upstream division, NNPC, made this known at the annual Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Oloibiri lecture series on Thursday.
According to Baru, an expected rise in domestic gas demand of about seven bscfd which is projected to exceed gas supply, birthed the 7CGDPs.
He said the projects will be situated in key locations around the country and will ultimately position Nigeria as a “regional hub for gas based industries including petrochemicals, chemicals, methanol, and fertilizers”.
He said: “The 7CGDP includes development of the 4.3 Trillion cubic feet (TCF) Assa North/Ohaji South field, development of the 6.4 TCF Unitized Gas fields (Samabri-Biseni, Akri-Oguta, Ubie-Oshi and Afuo-Ogbainbri) and the development of 7TCF NPDC’s Oil Mining Lease (OML) 26, 30 &42.
“Others include development of 2.2 TCF Shell Petroleum Development Company, (SPDC) JV Gas Supply to Brass Fertilizer Company, cluster development of 5 TCF OML 13 to support the expansion of Seven Energy Uquo Gas Plant and the cluster development of 10 TCF Okpokunou/Tuomo West (OML 35& 62).”
The GMD further noted that within a space of eight years, almost 500 kilometers of pipelines had been completed, commissioned and are now delivering gas.
‘’With these, all available power plants in the country today are connected to permanent gas supply pipelines,’’ he said.
‘’Most recently, the federal executive council approved the contract award of the 40-inch by 614Km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline and associated facilities.
“This pipeline is expected to supply natural gas to power plants and industries in the northern part of the country.
“Once completed, the nationwide backbone gas infrastructure would be in place and with the prevailing effort in infrastructure development, NNPC would have expanded supply capacity, establishing an integrated gas pipeline infrastructure grid across the entire country.”