ByÂ Emma Amaize & Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), oil multinationals and contractors have agreed to work together in a tripartite arrangement to ensure that the Federal Government meets its 6,000 megawatts power generation target by the end of the year.
The oil multinationals, however, want more support from the NNPC and have also requested the government to urgently repair all vandalized oil and gas pipelines to ease their pains.
They made their views known to the Group Managing Director ofÂ NNPC, Engineer Mohammed Barkindo, during his visit to Delta State on Tuesday.Â Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) specifically urged the NNPC to intervene in its re-entry programme in Ogoni land.
NNPC boss told newsmen after inspecting the gas expansion projects by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at Utorogun and the Escravos to Gas-to-Liquid project, by Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), both in Delta State that the trio were more than ever before, committed to the 6,000 megawatts target.
He, however, observed that due to some challenges, the completion period for the component parts of the project had slipped while some were finished on schedule, adding, â€œthat is what we are struggling withâ€.
His words: â€œSome of them are on schedule, some have slipped because of a number of challenges but we are working with Chevron as well as the contractors to align the delivery target in order to meet our objectives of supplying the quantity of gas that is required to meet the power generation target of government of 6,000 megawatts of which we are all committed to.
â€œI am cautiously optimistic because we have fixed deadlines to deliver on the EGTL project. As per the short term plan, we are expecting additional 300 million cubit feet of gas.
Now, the completion of this plant and the delivery of this quantity of gas depends on a number of interrelated projects that are going on simultaneously, including the pipeline gas bringing gas from the offshore to the plant for processing, the pipeline that is supposed to be laid the river across the Escravos to Wari, the looping of the pipeline again on Warri and on to Escravos-Lagos pipeline network as well as the dry-docking of the FSO vessel for the LPG evacuation from the plant and the target date for completionâ€, he asserted.
At the Utorogun Gas Plant, he said the countryâ€™s oil production figure has risen to 1.7 million barrels, which is above its approved OPEC quota because of increased oil production activities that followed the proclamation of amnesty for militants by the Federal Government.
He lauded President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua for the programme, the Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), on the Niger-Delta, Major General Sarkin Yarkin-Bello and the Delta state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for working assiduously to secure enabling environment for smooth operations by the oil multinationals.