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NNPC to grow natural gas availability

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is set to hit the Capital market to fund its new projects which include the NNPC/NAOC JV Idu-Re-development, South Gas Project, North Gas Project and Central Gas Project.

Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this disclosure at the ongoing Nigeria Oil and Gas Strategic Conference and Exhibition (2018 NOG) in Abuja.

With the theme: ‘Driving Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry Towards Sustained Economic Development and Growth’, Dr. Baru explained that funds from the Capital market would also be used to develop the NNPC/TEPNG JV’s Ikike Project, NNPC/SPDC JV Southern Swamp and Associated Gas Solution Step 2 Project, among others.

“We intend to sanction the multi-billion US dollar Bonga South West/Aparo (BSWA) project as soon as we conclude an agreement on the Heads of Terms with SNEPCO on the various pending PSC Arbitration disputes. This will jump start the resolution of all the other PSC Arbitration Disputes,” Dr. Baru informed.

Dr. Baru said the current daily domestic gas demand had attained an unprecedented level of 4 000 million ft3/d of gas, which is still expected to grow exponentially to about 7 500 million ft3/d in the next five years.

He stated that within next three years, NNPC, in collaboration with its Joint Venture partners, was committed to increasing natural gas availability from 1.5 billion ft3/d to approximately 5 billion ft3/d in 2020 to generate up to 15GW of electricity as well as stimulate gas-based industrialisation.

Dr. Baru posited that the Corporation would continue to progress with its Seven Critical Gas Development Projects (7CGDP) which has also been established to deliver approximately 3.5 billion ft3/of gas to the domestic market by 2020.

He reiterated that the NNPC had sanctioned the US$2.8 billion 614 km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline project as a demonstration of its commitment to developing structured gas architecture across the length and breadth of Nigeria as part of NNPC’s priority in the medium to long term.

In the Midstream, Dr. Baru submitted that there were ongoing discussions to revamp the four local refineries by utilising private capital in form of Contractor-Financing model, adding that this represents a shift in NNPC’s investment model, redefining the commercial framework for midstream investment in Nigeria.

“Within the new model, investors would be repaid from incremental production of the refineries on prior agreed terms”, Dr. Baru explained.

Dr. Baru said the NNPC believed that the downstream sector holds the future, saying that the plan to become a net exporter of refined products by year-end 2019 is on course.

The Group Managing Director maintained that the outlook for 2018 and beyond for the NNPC was to increase crude oil reserves by 1 billion bbls y/y from the current 37 billion bbls to 40 billion bbls by 2020 and also increase national oil daily production to 3 million bpd.

He assured that the Federal Government would continue to emplace policies that would grow production volumes and reduce contract approval time to guarantee efficiency in the petroleum sector.

On his part, the Secretary General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, stated that the landmark ‘Declaration of Co-operation’ by 24, now 25 oil producing nations has accelerated the stabilisation of the global oil market through voluntary production adjustments of around 1.8 million bpd.

He explained that the 174th Meeting of the OPEC Conference and the 4th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting had reaffirmed the partners’ resolve to act in the interests of producers and consumers, stating that participating countries agreed to a 100% conformity level.

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