By Udeme Akpan

The proposed Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG trains seven and eight would reduce gas flaring in Nigeria to a zero level.

The General Manager, External Relations of the company, Dr. Kudo Eresia-Eke disclosed in Lagos that the completion and operations of trains one to six have reduced gas flaring from over 60 per cent to about 20 per cent in the nation.

According to him, the nation needs more investments in LNG to further reduce gas flaring while harnessing gas for domestic utilisation and export.

He indicated that it was unpatriotic for the House of Representatives to amend the NLNG Act, put in place to protect the company from undue distractions.

Eresia-Eke  said that the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited has taken the battle of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in order to reverse the recent amendment of the NLNG Act by the House of Representatives.

The move which is being supported by the shareholders of the company such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited, Total Exploration and Producing Company and Agip is based on the need to remove hurddles, capable of hindering the implementation of the nation’s $25 billion trains seven and eight project.

The General Manager, External Relations Division of NLNG limited, Dr. Kudo Eresia-Eke, indicated in a telephone interview yesterday that the management of the company has concluded plans to meet the senators this week.

He said the company has also scheduled to meet with relevant persons and institutions in the executive arm of government to let them understand why the present amendment should be stopped.

“We have lined up series of events to engage with the Senators because they have a lot to do with this Act. We will also meet with many key persons in the President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration to let them know the issues and implications.”

We are not going to stop there. Plans have also been concluded to keep the general public well-informed because the present development may be partly based on inadequate knowledge, “he added.

Investigations showed that the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation), Shell, Total and Agip would continue to work on the $25 billion Liquefied Natural Gas trains seven and eight project despite the recent amended of the NLNG Act.



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