July 13, 2024

Minister praises NCDMB, Nedogas collaboration on Kwale Gas Gathering facility

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Adewale Akintaro

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, has given kudos to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board ,NCDMB, and Nedogas Development Company Limited for starting and successfully executing the 300 million standard cubic feet, MMscf, Kwale Gas Gathering, KGG, facility and Nedogas plant in Umusam community, Delta State.

Speaking at the formal commissioning of the two projects, the Minister said the outcome of the strategic collaboration between the two companies represents a significant advancement in the country’s efforts to promote sustainability, energy efficiency and economic expansion.

According to Ekpo, the NCDMB and Nedogas Limited, of which Xenergy Limited is a part, deserve praise for their tireless work and steadfast dedication to this admirable cause and the collaboration serves as evidence of the effectiveness of our local content policy, which seeks to increase the involvement of Nigerian businesses in the oil and gas industry while promoting local knowledge and capability.

He said the country’s capacity to extract and use natural gas resources has been significantly boosted with the completion of Nedogas Plant, which will increase domestic supply and export potential, while generating jobs, fostering industrial expansion, and ensuring energy security.

The Kwale Gas Gathering Facility, he pointed out, solves a persistent environmental issue as it captures associated gas that would otherwise be vented and thus turn a potentially waste product into a useful resource. The ‘Decade of Gas’ plan of the Federal Government, he observed, is being promoted in the two projects of Nedogas.

He enjoined all to note that “It is essential that we keep enhancing the collaborations amongst all parties involved as we progress,” while assuring that “The Ministry of Petroleum Resources (Gas) is still dedicated to helping programmes that improve local content, promote investments, develop capacity, and give Nigerians opportunity.”

In his remark, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe, said the achievement recorded by the Board and Nedogas represents a triumph of partnership and shared vision and confirms that the Government, the private sector and local communities can collaborate effectively to bring value to the economy.

He assured that NCDMB remains committed to fostering such collaborations and creating an enabling environment for investments and that the Board is equally proud of strategic projects it is developing in partnership with other chain investors in the last 10 years. These, he noted, are geared towards actualising Federal Government’s policy direction.

According to the Executive Secretary, the KGG Facility and Nedogas Plant are not only infrastructural achievements but also serve as catalysts for local content development and job creation, among other things.

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