April 16, 2024

‘NNPC will deploy gas to drive Nigeria’s development’- official

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Adewale Akintaro

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC, has stressed its commitment to utilising Nigeria’s abundant gas resources to drive the country’s industrialisation and economic development.

NNPC’s Executive Vice President, Upstream, Mrs. Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, made this disclosure during a panel session at the ongoing 2024 CERAWeek Conference in Houston, the United States.

Eyesan, whose session delved into the theme, “What are the Choices for Upstream Strategies?” stated that Nigeria is majorly gas-rich country which boasts of over 200TCF of gas that can be leveraged for the country’s industrialisation and economic development.

She hinted that NNPC is working on plans to deploy gas utilisation domestically for industrialisation and ensure that the entire country feels and optimises the use of the resource.

She said the Company is vigorously opening avenues for infrastructural gas development through various gas projects spread across the country.

“Our focus is how do we move from predominantly oil player to gas player and not just for gas for the sake of gas but gas for power generation, and for industrialisation, “she stated.

Eyesan observed that the NNPC is also focused on emission reduction and gas flare-out.

“We want to capture all gas flared, utilise it for domestic use and ultimately, increase our energy transition footprints.

“NNPC is keying into the government agenda of using gas as a transition fuel and for us, we want to ensure not only the domestic gas market but we also expand that to the region and internationally,” she added.

While calling on African countries to collaborate to ensure an even distribution of energy resources, Eyesan said collaboration is key as not all countries within the sub-region are endowed with an equal proportion of energy resources.

“For us to ensure that we continue to subsist within the sub-region, we must be willing to work collaboratively and ensure that there is even distribution of energy resources we have across the sub-region,” she said.

On energy transition, Eyesan stated that the subject has evolved over the years, adding that for Sub-Saharan Africa, the narrative has been on how to address the energy poverty issue while for Nigeria, the NNPC will continue to look at areas where it has competitive advantage to define the strategy.

Other energy experts on the panel were the Chief Upstream Strategist, Energy, S&P Global Commodity Insights, Bob Fryklund; President of Pathways Alliance, Kendall Dilling and the Executive Vice President, Exploration and Production International, Equinor, Philippe Mathieu

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