The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited said it would increase its allocation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to the domestic market from 350, 000MT to 450, 000MT by 2021.
The NLNG said the move was aimed at supporting the Federal Government’s plan to deepen LPG (cooking gas) penetration in Nigeria.
Mr Tony Attah, Managing Director, NLNG, made the announcement last Thursday during a webinar organised by the Oil and Gas Group of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), with the theme: “Oil and Gas Downstream and Midstream Sectors: The Way Forward.”
Attah said with Nigeria being a gas country with a proven reserve of 203TCF, it was time to use the product to drive the nation’s human capacity development and economic growth.
He said the declaration of the year 2020 as the Year of Gas by the Federal Government was not sufficient, stressing that a decade should be dedicated to the utilisation of gas to transform the country.
According to him, the desire of the NLNG to deepen LPG penetration in Nigeria is aimed at creating a healthy life for Nigerians by giving them access to a clean source of energy for cooking.
“In 2007, the total consumption of LPG in Nigeria was about 50, 000MT. Today, it is about one million metric tonnes and NLNG’s contribution is 350, 000MT.”
“We have approached our board to get a mandate to increase NLNG’s contribution to 450, 000MT from next year. That is a very positive contribution from NLNG, “Attah said.
He noted that apart from the domestic usage, about 60 per cent of gas was being supplied to power generation plants across the country for electricity purposes.
Attah said this would help create jobs for Nigerians and help to reposition the nation’s economy following the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the world was moving toward cleaner energy sources, adding that gas would afford Nigeria the opportunity to become a key player in the energy transition mix. (SS)