Local production of cooking gas rises as NLNG contributes 66.58% of September supplies

By Akpobor Jirue, Abuja

Local production of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) recorded an improvement in September as the total volume of LPG sourced from domestic market rose to 49,453,081metric tonnes (MT) from 38,040.457MT in August.

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) report on LPG supplied for September 2021, released on Sunday said out of the 76,578.986 metric tonnes (MT) of LPG supplied nationwide, 49,453.081MT was locally produced while 27,125.905MT was imported.

In agency said it’s data for the month show that 49,453.081MT was supplied into the domestic market by Algasco, Stockgap, NIPCO, 11 plc, Prudent, Greenville Natural Gas, PNG Gas, NPDC and Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon Ltd with 66.58% of the supply sourced from the NLNG, whilst 27,125.905 MT was imported by Rainoil, Algasco and Prudent.

According to the report the quantity of LPG importation reduced from 47,224.346MT in August to 27,125.905MT in September, while local supply rose from 38,040.457MT in August to 49,453.081MT in September.

Kimchi Apollo, General Manager, Corporate Services, said Nigeria now produces locally, a major portion of the LPG consumed, attributing the development to the enabling environment created by the Federal Government through its programmes and policies to attract investment into the entire gas value chain.

“The marked improvement in local production reflects the success of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva in providing the right enabling business climate for the Gas industry to thrive.

“Government policies and programmes such as the National Gas Policy (NGP), Nigeria Gas Flarek Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP), National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) and the Decade of Gas declaration are responsible for the quantum of investments we see today in the gas industry.

“Some of these investments include the NPDC Oredo Integrated Gas Handling Facility, Kwale Hub Gas Processing Plants (PNG, Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon) Greenville LNG, Rivers State and OSO/Bonny River Terminal project.

“In terms of polices, the waiver of import duties on LPG production equipment as well as the Zero VAT for locally produced LPG have indeed heightened the prospects of domestic investment in the sector.

“In addition, a Pioneer Status Incentive for some categories of LPG Investments was also introduced.

“The PPPRA remains committed to the development of Nigeria’s vast gas resources and strengthening the entire value chain,” he stated.