Left/Right: Kemela Okara, Barrister, Gray’s Inn London, LLB Middlesex, BL , the General Manager, NCIF & Treasury Management, NCDMB, Obinna Ofili, the General Manager, Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordination, NCDMB, Ginah O. Ginah and the Manager, Corporate Communications, NCDMB, Esueme Dan-Kikile, during the Capacity Building Workshop for Media Stakeholders on Monday in Lagos.
The Ministry of Petroleum Resources has backed this position with bold policies such as the National Gas Expansion Program, Gas Network Code and Flares Commercialisation programme. As a responsive agency, the NCDMB has also taken deliberate steps to actualize the Federal Government’s declarations in gas and other aspects of the Oil and Gas Value Chain.
The General Manager, Corporate Communications and Zonal Coordination, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Ginah O. Ginah, stated this at the NCDMB Capacity Building Workshop for Media Stakeholders with the theme: “Enhancing Media Competencies to support Nigerian content in a Gas Economy”, held on Monday in Lagos.
“We have partnered with credible investors to develop critical projects in the sector to take Nigeria towards the goal”, he said.
“In total, we have partnered with 15 firms to set up projects covering modular refining, gas processing, gas distribution, power generation and manufacturing. It is worthy of note that 70 percent of our investments are on gas-based activities, especially midstream and downstream gas. Our investments underscore the importance of gas to Nigeria’s economic sustainability, apart from its role in the energy transition”, he revealed.
“We know for certain that gas can lead Nigeria to food sufficiency, industrialization, increase in Gross Domestic Product, and electric power sufficiency. Above all, the investments by the NCDMB are helping to create employment opportunities for Nigerian youths, catalyze the local economy and achieve the Nigerian Content 10-Year Strategic Roadmap”, he maintained.
The GM listed some of the gas-based projects to include: partnership with Rungas to produce 1.2million LPG Composite cylinders per annum in Bayelsa and Lagos States and our collaboration with NEDO Gas Processing Company in Kwale, Delta State for the establishment of 80 million standard cubic feet per day gas Processing Plant and a 300 million standard cubic feet per day Gas Gathering hub.
The Board according to him is also working with Duport Midstream to establish an Energy Park at Egbokor, Edo State. The park would include a 40 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant, 2,500 barrels per day modular refinery and 20 megawatts power plants.
“The Board partnered with the NNPC to invest in Brass Fertilizer and establish 10,000 tonnes per day Methanol Production plant at Odioama, Brass, Bayelsa State, just as we are investing with Triansel Gas Limited in Koko, Delta State to establish a 5,000 Metric Tons per day LPG Storage and Loading Terminal Facility”, he stressed.
Speaking further, he said up north, “we supported Butane Energy Limited to establish LPG Bottling Plants and Depots in Abuja and 10 Northern States, just as we are investing with MOB Integrated Services for the construction of the 500 Million Tons Inland LPG terminal in Dikko, Niger State. The project will include the construction of a Cylinder Refurbishment plant, procurement of 80,000bottles of LPG Cylinders and acquisition of distribution assets”.
Another important partnership according to him is with Southfield Petroleum to establish 200 million metric standard cubic feet of gas processing plant at Utorogu, Delta State. The project will produce 123,000 Million Tons Per Annum of LPG, about 10 percent of current LPG demand nationwide.
In the same vein, the Board is collaborating with Amal Technologies to set up a plant in Abuja to produce Smart Gas/Smoke Detector Alarm devices.
“It is important to highlight that our partnerships and investments are backed by section 70 (h) of the NOGICD Act. This provision states that NCDMB can “assist local contractors and Nigerian companies to develop their capabilities and capacities to further the attainment of the goal of developing Nigerian content in the Nigerian oil and gas industry”, the GM revealed.