By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
OGUNâ€”The Federal Government said it has concluded the masterplan on gas distribution as alternative source of power in its effort to generate 6,000 mega watts of electricity by the end of this year.
This was disclosedÂ by the Managing Director of the Nigerian Gas Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Mr. Saidu Mohammed at a public enlightenment workshop with the theme, â€œNatural Gas: Its benefits and dangersâ€ in Ota, Ogun State.
According to Saidu, the Federal Government had already drawn a master plan to generate power from gas product, adding that government through its Independent Power Project (IPP) agenda would soon be generating electricity from gas.
According to Saidu who was represented by the Human Resources Manager of the gas company, Mr. Felix Ikede, the various companies that were involved in the projects had been working tirelessly to meet up with the government target on electricity generation.
Ikede stated that, â€œIPP will be connected to the national grid for the purpose of providing about 6000 mega watts of electricity for the country. Some of the generated gas will be turned to liquefied gas for industrial and domestic uses. The government had already built reservoirs in Lagos and Port Harcourt for this purpose.â€
Saidu said that in the next few months, gas products would be more available in the country and would be sold at cheaper rate, adding that the country is blessed with the product.
He attributed the failure of the government to achieve its target earlier to pipeline vandalisation, adding, â€œThat is why we are organizing the public campaign to sensitize the villagers about the dangers associated with vandalisation.
He explained that the gas company had pipeline network of about 1500 kilometres and 22 metering stations spread across nine states of the federation but that some of the pipelines were being vandalized by the inhabitants of the communities.
His words: â€œNGCâ€™s business traverses over 170 communities, which include Delta, Edo, Rivers, Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Ondo, Ogun, Kogi and Lagos States.â€
In her presentation, the Guest Speaker from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Dr. Taiwo Olunuga, said Nigeria has an estimated 159 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves, making the country one of the top ten natural gas endowments in the world.
She said that the country at present flared about 20 per cent of the gas rather than conserved it for the generation of electricity for both domestic and industrial uses.