Nigeria should generate electric power from excess gas
Just as crude oil in the Niger Delta region has been mainstay of the nation’s economy, it has been argued that
the natural gas reserve in the area can sustain the generation of constant electricity supply to the entire
General Manager, Bayelsa State Electricity Board, Engr. Olice Kemenanabo who made this assertion in a paper he presented as parts of the activities to mark this year press week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bayelsa State council, said that there is abundant natural gas reserve in the state that is capable of sustaining electricity for the entire nation.
Kemenanabo, an electrical engineer and also expert in power generation, explained that the Kolo Creek flow station
which had been on since 1962 flares about 80 mm cf of gas everyday, out of which only 4 mm cm is used by the state
independent power plant (IPP) to generate the enormous amount of electricity they have been using.
According to him, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in 1989, declared that the Etelebou gas field has the largest in the world, yet the federal government in its wisdom decided to site gigantic power station in states that are not producing the gas that should be used as a source of fuel to support gas turbine. The move, he argued, negates the basic principles of economics which state that industries are best sited nearest to the source of raw materials.