Energy transition: NCDMB strikes partnership with OPS to boost in-country gas utilization

By Chris Ezeonoh

In line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of 2021–2030 as ‘Nigeria’s Decade of Gas’, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) says it is partnering with over 15 firms as a vehicle to ensure the realization of the Presidential Declaration.

General Manager, Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordination, NCDMB, Dr Ginah O. Ginah stated this at the 2022 Nigerian Content Capacity Building Workshop for media stakeholders in the South-South with the theme, ‘Enhancing Media Competencies to Support Nigerian Content in a Gas Economy’ holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to Ginah, Federal Government’s strategy is to use gas as Nigeria’s transition fuel, stressing that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has backed up the position with bold policies such as the National Gas Expansion Program, Gas Network Code and Flares Commercialization Program.

He said that as a responsive agency, the NCDMB has also taken deliberate steps to actualize the Federal Government’s declarations in gas and other aspects of the oil and gas value chain, hence the partnership with credible investors to develop critical projects in the sector to take Nigeria towards the goal.

Such partnership according to the General Manager includes the partnership with Rungas to produce 1.2 million LPG Composite cylinders per annum in Bayelsa and Lagos States and with NEDO Gas Processing Company in Kwale, Delta State for the establishment of 80 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant and 300 million standard cubic feet per day gas gathering hub.

He said the Board is also working with Duport Midstream to establish an Energy Park at Egbokor, Edo State which includes a 40 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant, 2,500 barrels per day modular refinery and 20 megawatts power plants.

The GM also said the Board partnered with the NNPC to invest in Brass Fertilizer and establish 10,000 tonnes per day Methanol Production plant at Odioma, Brass, Bayelsa State, just as it is as well investing with Triansel Gas Limited in Koko, Delta State to establish a 5,000 metric tons per day LPG storage and loading terminal facility.

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In the north, Ginah disclosed that the Board supported Butane Energy Limited to establish LPG Bottling Plants and depots in Abuja and 10 Northern states, in addition to the investment with MOB Integrated Services for the construction of the 500 million tons Inland LPG terminal in Dikko, Niger State. He said the project would include the construction of a Cylinder Refurbishment plant, procurement of 80,000 bottles of LPG Cylinders and acquisition of distribution assets.

“Another important partnership is with Southfield Petroleum to establish 200 million metric standard cubic feet of gas processing plant at Utorogu, Delta State. The project will produce 123,000 million tons per annum of LPG, about 10 percent of current LPG demand nationwide

“In the same vein, the board is collaborating with Amal Technologies to set up a plant in Abuja to produce Smart Gas/Smoke Detector Alarm devices”, Ginah stressed.

He explained that the partnerships with the private sector are provided for in section 70 (h) of the NOGICD Act, empowering NCDMB to “assist local contractors and Nigerian companies to develop their capabilities and capacities to further the attainment of the goal of developing Nigerian Content in the Nigerian oil and gas industry”.

The Resource person at the workshop and media guru, Chido Nwakanma delivered entertaining lectures centered on new trends in oil and gas reporting.

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