The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, has approved the supply of 100% of the company’s LPG also called cooking gas to the domestic market.
This was disclosed in a press release signed by Andy Odeh,General Manager, External Relations & Sustainable Development of NLNG.
According to him, NLNG will prioritize the domestic market for 100% of its Butane production, otherwise known as cooking gas.
He further said the milestone is coming just three months after the company supplied its first Propane cargo into the domestic market, and has developed a scheme to sustainably supply Propane for usage in cooking gas blending as well as in agro-allied, autogas, power and petrochemical sectors of the Nigerian economy to further deepen gas utilisation in Nigeria.
These initiatives are designed to increase LPG availability in Nigeria, diversify its uses and support the Federal Government’s Decade of Gas initiative. NLNG is currently the highest single supplier of LPG into the domestic market, with an estimated 400,000 metric tonnes supplied in 2021.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NLNG, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, on his part said the announcement marked the company’s strong commitment to the continued growth of the domestic LPG market and its passion to increase utilisation of one of the most versatile energy sources in the world.
He said the company was inclined towards helping to build a strong economy based on the gas resources that Nigeria is abundantly blessed with, and that natural gas could help drive the economy by providing cooking gas for homes, supporting industrialisation, powering mobile cell sites and complex transportation systems, impacting food supply through its usage for fertilizer production and increasing power supply to both homes and industries while reducing the country’s carbon footprint.
According to Mshelbila, “Gas, as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, has become an essential energy source to be reckoned with during this energy transition period. Other countries are revolutionising their energy industry to cut down on carbon emissions drastically. Nigeria should not be left out in this drive, considering its abundant gas resources. Gas is essential for life and living at the moment, because it can support everything we will need to develop our economy and create better living standards for Nigerians. We need to change the narrative, and NLNG is being pragmatic about it.