Nigeria's gas flaring expected to end in 2012

Nov 18, 2009 01:00 AM

A member of the House of Representatives and Chairman House Committee on Gas, Hon. Igo Aguma, has said that gas flaring in Nigeria would end in 2012.
Aguma told that the House is amending the law that would ensure that the end of gas flaring would take place in December 31, 2012, adding that it would not be stopped 100 % but at least 5 % gas flaring would be allowed as it is done all over the world to ensure that there is no explosion. He said in the past gas flaring in the country was at an alarming level, but due to the clamour to put an end to it in Nigeria, the government had been working towards a successful end of the gas flaring which has reduced it to about 70 % compared to 30 % flare out in the past.

He further stated that Nigerians must realise that ending gas flare did not mean taking the gas and shutting it back in the ground, because the world needs the gas. He added that infrastructures have to be built to capture the gas and send it to sectors that need it.
The lawmaker also pointed out that the use of gas for domestic use also brought delay to the attempt to put and end to gas flaring in the country.

"The price of domestic gas right now cannot be compared to the price in the international market," he said.
"There are numerous advantages of ending gas flaring such as, improved electricity, it is cheaper for industries to run on gas than any other fuel, more fertiliser companies will grow and the critical success part of industrialisation of Nigeria today is still the Calabar, Umuahia, Ajaokuta, Abuja and Kano gas pipelines which now continues at the tip in Katsina at trans Saharan pipeline."

He said, "Once this pipeline runs through Nigeria that means you can site your industry anywhere in the country."
"All these are projects that would enable us to have a total end to gas flaring and these projects are expected to be ready by 2012."

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