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    FG to open micro LNG plants in communities


    September 30, 2022 - Philip Nwosu

     

      The Federal Government is planning to open micro Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants across several communities to address the rising prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the country. Chairman, Natural Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, made this known at the 2022 Annual General Meeting of Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) in Port Harcourt. The theme of the event was “LPG Sustainability and Contemporary Issues.” Ibrahim said the Federal Government was fully focused on ensuring that LPG was made available to Nigerians and at an affordable rate in no distant future. “So, we are now building micro LNG plants in every part of this country because we want to demystify LNG. In this programme, we can have a 4,000 mmbtu LNG plant right in any village where you have a flare site. In the next 12 months, we are going to open a micro LNG plant in Owazza community in Abia – producing LPG right in the village,” he said. Ibrahim said Nigeria had no business exporting LNG when the country was yet to address local consumption and transformation of the industry. He said the country has an abundance of LNG in the Dahomy Basin, Niger Delta Basin, Bida Basin, Gondola Basin and Chad Basin, among others. “Nigeria is a haven of natural gas. So, now that LNG is the transition fuel it is an opportunity to take advantage of the resource to develop the country. We are producing so much natural gas for export when we should be using it for power production, which explains why there is no electricity in the country. This means that every single molecule we export out of Nigeria, we are exporting electricity and development, among others; yet we are celebrating Nigeria LNG Train 7,” he said. He said that massive corruption behind the subsidy scheme on petroleum products had hindered needed growth of the sector and affected the economy. “So, by this time next year (2023), there will be no subsidy on gasoline in Nigeria. We will ensure that every single Butane or Propane gas is sold in Nigeria – and not exported. Once this happens, the price of LPG will crash while there will be a massive diffusion of gas into every nook and cranny in the country,” he said. National President of NALPGAM, Oladapo Olatunbosun said members would also look into the LPG distribution value chain and deepening of LPG as the preferred cooking gas.

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