By Hector Igbikiowubo, Oscarline Onwuemenyi & Daniel Alfred
THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday revealed that its joint venture operations have recorded over 400 million metric standard cubic feet of gas production per day (mmscf/d) with implications for improved power generation and supply across the country.
Efforts at finding a lasting solution to the power generation challenge in the country took centre stage at the Gas to Power Stakeholdersâ€™ Forum in Lagos with Dr Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC rallying the industry to come alive.
He revealed that owing to the ongoing construction works which has left several power plants at various stages of completion, as much as 400mmscf/d of gas produced is left unused.
He explained that though there were constraints in gas supply to some of the thermal power stations ranging from pipeline vandalism to security problems, the major challenge to effective power generation in the country was the non-availability of power stations to use up the 400mmcf/d that is stranded across various gas projects in the country.
He gave details of the stranded gas to include 100mmcf/d out of a total 240mmcf produced from the Shell Okoloma Gas Plant in Rivers State, 120mmcf/d from the Total-operated Obite Gas Plant also in Rivers State, 80mmcf/d from Shell-operated Gbaran-Ubie Gas Plant, and the 100mmcf/d from Exxon Mobil swapped with the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG.
â€œOf the 240mmcf/d gas produced at the Okoloma Gas Plant, only 140mmcf/d is used for power generation at the Afam VI Power Plant operated by Shell, the remaining 100mmcf/d is stranded because Afam I to IV Power Plants that were supposed to use it are not functional,â€ Barkindo explained.
He painted a similar picture of the Obite Gas Plant and the Exxon Mobil/NLNG swapped gas project which he said were ready to supply gas but awaiting the completion of the Omoku and Alaoji Power Plants, and the construction of evacuation line respectively.
Barkindo who said the purpose of the forum was to get stakeholders to rub minds and share experiences called on stakeholders billed to present papers to speak frankly and concentrate on proffering practical solutions to the gas supply and power generation challenges rather than trading blames.
Declaring the forum open Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Elizabeth Emuren lauded the NNPC for convening the forum while urging all stockholders in the gas supply chain to forge a effective synergy to help government achieve its set target.
Also speaking at the forum, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Orchi Achimiru who was represented by a director in the ministry , Freddie Lucky Ntorue, highlighted the need to ensure effective gas utilization to boost power supply stressing that electricity is crucial to the survival of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SMEâ€™s.