Nigeria plans three processing plants and pipeline grid

Feb 14, 2008 01:00 AM

Nigeria plans to build three natural gas processing plants in the oil-rich Niger Delta and a grid of pipelines linking them to the rest of the country, a gas ministry official said.
He quoted junior gas minister Emmanuel Odesina as having said the new plants will be built at Warri/Forcados, Akwa Ibom/Calabar and Obiafu areas of the delta. Nigeria's junior petroleum minister, Odein Ajumogobia, has said the new gas infrastructure will cost between $ 15 bn and $ 20 bn and that it should be put in place between 2012 and 2015.

The government earlier adopted new guidelines compelling gas producers to set aside a yet-to-be-determined percentage of their gas production for the domestic market.
Nigeria, which is currently suffering a shortage of domestic cooking gas, flares more gas than any other producer worldwide, according to Bent Svensson of the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership.

Nigeria's reforms are aimed at enabling the country to satisfy domestic demand for gas and to reduce flaring.
None of the deadlines, the most recent of which was January 2008, set for companies to stop flaring in Nigeria have so far been respected.

Source / Dow Jones & Company
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