NIPCO Plc has expressed interest to tackle deforestation through increased supply of cooking gas in Nigeria.
Managing Director of the company, Sanjay Teotia, who said this at the 8th annual international conference and exhibition organized by Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) in Abuja, stated that the company has made huge investments in cooking gas sub-sector.
Throwing his company’s weight behind the Federal Government agenda to grow the LPG sub-sector, the NIPCO’s boss promised continuous and deliberate efforts in “supporting government’s genuine desire to make LPG domestic cooking fuel of choice among the populace.”
He said: “We diversified in the gas realm in 2009 with the inauguration of a state of the earth LPG plant in Lagos with a total storage capacity of 4,800MT spread across three spheres and a three point loading gantry.
“As at the time of its inauguration, it was the biggest LPG storage in the country thus creating veritable avenue to store gas and distribute effectively with the scores of LPG trucks commissioned by the company.”
“we improved on the storage capacity and other LPG infrastructures in a bid to meet growing LPG stakeholders’ interest.
“We commissioned the biggest LPG single sphere in Africa with a capacity of 5,600MT and increased the loading arms in the gantry to five in a bid to ease loading of trucks for onward distribution of the product to all the nooks and crannies of the country.”
Teotia added: “Today, NIPCO controls a major share of the LPG market with its massive storage facilities and other infrastructure put in place to aid access to the product by the populace.
“The peerless service being provided by the company has made it depot of choice by many bottling plants and others in the business of LPG.
“The improved storage facility and product reception at the terminal has been a major boost in the effective turnaround of LPG vessels berthing at the Apapa jetty.”
The Managing Director, Nigeria LNG, Tony Attah who was on a visit to the company’s LPG plant said: “I never in my wildest imagination believed that this kind of facility exist in Apapa here. I can see also very huge investment that NIPCO has put in to upscale the amount of LPG that they can receive into the country. For me that is the real game changer and we are committed to continue to support NIPCO and indeed Nigeria to bring about the positive change in terms of energy availability for Nigeria.
“We have also gone ahead to empower potential LPG users through donation of gas accessories like cylinders, hose, burners among others, to some communities in Auchi, Edo state; Apapa, Lagos state; and some public schools in Lagos.”
The feat has, according to him, “not only created lots of awareness on the benefits of gas – as domestic cooking fuel – but has also served as drawback to deforestation in the country.
“In the realm of creating meaningful access to end users, we have inaugurated several ad on skid plants at the company’s retail stations across the country. This is aside from some dedicated LPG filling stations in some focal markets.