The Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC Ltd) has revealed the plan to deploy 740 LPG Micro Distribution Centres (MDCs) and 37 Filing Plants and Skids in its 541 stations before 2025.
Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), NNPC, who was represented by Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji, Group Executive Director, Downstream, NNPC, made this known on Wednesday at the opening of the India-Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG summit) in Abuja.
He also noted that the NNPCL was seeking ways to collaborate with the Office of the Vice President on the establishment of Gas Funding Company Ltd for the injection of 20 million cylinders in the next five years.
The NNPC Ltd said the company’s establishment, which involved the collaboration of other relevant stakeholders and being done under the Marketer Cylinder Owned Model, would boost Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) penetration.
The NNPC Ltd GCEO, noted that the Corporation operating now an energy company with new investments in gas, power, and renewables, will play a pivotal role in speeding up all the pipeline infrastructure projects including ELPS II, OB3, and AKK.
This, according to him, is specifically meant to transport about 6.2 billion cubic feet of LNG – per day to demand nodes across the country that are at various stages of completion.
He said, “We have a strong presence in the LNG value chain contributing about 45 percent of domestic supply via JVs (Oso Bonny River Terminal) affiliates (Nigeria LNG Ltd and Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon Ltd) and subsidiaries of NPDC.
“The NNPC Ltd. is fully aligned with the Federal Government’s National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) and National LPG Expansion Plan initiatives and has a full-fledged LPG business unit established to commercially drive the National LPG penetration.
Kyari also noted that the summit would be required to submit a report detailing gaps identified and recommendations on best practices from the Indian experience.
This, he said, would be for adoption in Nigeria by relevant stakeholders to achieve rapid National LPG penetration.
He said the summit would equally discuss the Nigerian experience and Indian example covering safe LPG handling, pricing, and financial support.
According to him, this will enhance LPG affordability among the poor, communication strategies, ICT, and infrastructure as well as collaboration on Cylinder management and manufacturing.
Kyari said Nigeria had identified its abundant gas resources as fuel for an energy transition which informed its net zero commitments by 2060 and the declaration of 2021-2030 as a Decade of Gas.