The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said about $51 billion investment opportunities are needed in the midstream and downstream gas sector to achieve the growth phase in the Industry in Nigeria.
Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said this while delivering a key note address at the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) 10th International Conference and Exhibition in Abuja.
Speaking while delivering paper titled “New Growth Phase for Gas Business in Nigeria,” Dr. Baru posited that about $35.4 billion investment will be required in the gas exploration and production activities, power plants projects, fertilizer plants, virtual pipelines and flare gas commercialization initiatives.
The GMD added that $16 billion investment will also be needed in the Free Trade Zones (FTZ) infrastructure development and concessioning, port infrastructure, central gas processing facilities, gas transmission, LPG plants, real estate development, pipe milling and local fabrication yards.
Dr. Baru stated that some of the key enablers that will be required for the growth of the gas sector include clear definition of boundaries between upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, appropriate pricing structure and guarantees for payment, host communities engagement and conducive environment for investors.
“Beyond growing gas for power sector, there has been a strategic positioning of the sector to support massive gas based industrialization. The intent is to position Nigeria as a regional hub for gas based industries such as fertilizer, methanol, petrochemicals, central processing facilities, etc.
The first of this effort is the planned 30 square kilometer gas based industrial park in Delta State. This will be Africa’s largest purpose built gas park supporting gas based industries,” Dr. Baru said.
According to him, to bridge the huge gas supply gap, some strategic synergy
opportunities for gas development were identified amongst the Joint Ventures (JVs), Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and independent operators which when pursued and implemented will not only bridge the unforeseen long term shortfall in gas supply but will also enable the nation to meet its gas aspiration.
The NNPC GMD also noted that seven key big bang gas development projects have been identified from the strategic synergy opportunities to deliver about 3.4 billion cubic feet of gas per day to bridge the foreseen medium term supply gap by 2020.
Earlier, the President of NGA, Mr. Bolaji Osunsanya, expressed the readiness of the association to collaborate with the Federal Government and other key stakeholders to harness the abundant natural gas resources in the country so as to reposition the country to become a regional hub of gas in Africa.
The theme of NGA 2016 conference and exhibition is: “Nigerian Gas Roadmap and Its Potential for Regional and Global Influence: Its Implementation, Challenges, Opportunities and New Way Forward.”