The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) yesterday announced plans to produce about 800 Billion Cubic Feet (BUF) per day from the flared sites in the Niger Delta.
The target, The Nation learnt, is part of the strategies that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, will deploy to evacuate gas from flared sites in the region with the development and operation of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) modular plants and trucks.
A team of the DPR that spoke on gas made this disclosure on the DPR Half Hour on Radio Nigeria were the Assistant Director Gas Operation, Mr. Abubakar Idris and Assistant Director Domestic Gas, Mr. Eboh Nsa, Assistant Chief Engineer, Gas Operation, Mr. Tambari Zayan.
At the end of the programme, Eboh Nsa, who was asked to give the listeners his parting message on gas consumption and the market generally, said: “I want to say in one sentence that you will see a phenomenon growth in the gas mid-stream sector. You are going to see a new industry entirely: innovative industry, for instance modular technologies, modular LNG plants. When you are talking about LNG, people are talking about we are not looking at very big LNG commercial plants. You are going to be seeing LNG trucks, you are going to be seeing a lot of things happening in the Niger Delta, which is actually the destination of flare.
“Trucks are going to come in because we are going to take out close to 800bcf of gas per day out of the flare site. It is the fundamental reason to bring a lot of growth and it will grow the economy.”
The team noted that in the last 10 years, the LPG market has grown by over 700% in Nigeria as the country was producing 257,000 per annum, and now generating over 500,000 metric tonnes per annum.
The DPR said that it has the potential to double the feat in the next five years and triple the achievement in the next 10 years.
The per capita consumption in Nigeria, according to the team, is two kilograms per person per annum, while Ghana’s per capita per person is seven kilogramme per annum.
Commenting on the what government LNG market in Nigeria today, Abubakar said that the Federal Government was making efforts at making the Liquified Petroleum Gas ((LPG) available through its stake in the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) in Bonny.
He noted that the increase and security of NLNG supply has sustained the growth in the sector in the last one decade.
He said that regulator and government agencies, according to him, has introduced many initiative to support the sector in setting up an LPG facility and infrastructure across the value chain.
The initiative, said Abubakar, has made LPG available, accessible, and affordable to many Nigerians.
He revealed this is the first time in Nigeria that there is a high level LPG in terms-ministerial council on gas, which the Vice President chairs to monitor the implementation of government initiatives of deepening LPG consumption in Nigeria.
The Nigerian gas, said the DPR, is an associated gas that comes with the crude oil, and it can not been used in its raw form except it is processed.
The team noted that this chain of production is accountable for its high cost despite that Nigeria is endowed with the raw gas.