By Oscarline Onwuemenyi
ABUJAâ€”The Federal Government has reiterated its determination and commitment to ensure adequate gas supply to power plants in the country in order to achieve its target of reliable and steady electricity for industrial and domestic purposes.
The Minister of State, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, stated this during an assessment of the Global Energy Gas Processing Plant and the Shell Gas Plant located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.Ajumogobia explained that the government would collaborate with the international oil companies operating in the country, adding that his visit to the facilities was an attestation to the priority government accorded its policy onÂ accelerated provision ofÂ infrastructure for gas gathering and utilization as being stated in the National Gas Master Plan.
The Minister stated that his visit to these plants would also enable him understand why the nation is not getting gas to the power plants.He said” â€œGas is being taken out, exported to Europe and America, there is no reason why we cannot get gas to satisfy our own people,â€ adding that, “I would have a fruitful discussion with the Managing Director of SPDC, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu on how to make gas available to the power plants.”
He also said the Global Energy Gas processing plant would play a prominent role in governmentâ€™s Gas Master Plan.
According to Ajumogobia, his facility tour of the gas plants was informed by the need to access their operations as well as challenges with a view to addressing them to achieve adequate supply of gas to our power plants under the domestic gas obligation policy.
Commenting on the assessment/facility visit by the Minister, the Chairman of the Global Gas & Refining Ltd. stated that Cawthorne Gas Processing Plant was made possible within the policy framework of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.