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Gas Transportation Projects to Provide Affordable, Cleaner Energy for Nigerians – NNPC

Malam Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPCL), has announced the company’s strong commitment to advancing gas development and gas transportation projects.

He made this statement during the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Annual International Conference and Exhibition in Lagos.

Represented by Mr. Adokiye Tombomieye, the Executive Vice President of Upstream, NNPCL, Kyari emphasized that these projects aim to enhance energy accessibility, affordability, and sustainability for Nigerians.

Nigeria has vast natural gas reserves, approximately 209.5 trillion cubic feet, with an upside potential of up to 600 trillion cubic feet. This abundant resource presents a significant opportunity to drive cleaner and more affordable energy solutions.

Kyari acknowledged that while solar and wind energy are alternative sources, they face technological limitations and remain less affordable, unable to meet the high energy demands of industries, cities, and remote areas. Therefore, natural gas emerges as a transitional fuel with multiple advantages.

He praised the SPE for consistently leading crucial discussions in the petroleum industry and highlighted the trilemma facing African countries: balancing energy availability with achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals No. 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and No. 13 (Climate Action).

“Energy accessibility” entails providing reliable, modern energy to all citizens regardless of location or socio-economic status. “Energy affordability” ensures that energy and its infrastructure are priced reasonably for Africans without causing financial strain. Lastly, “energy sustainability” focuses on using energy in a way that does not harm the environment or deplete resources for future generations.

Kyari mentioned significant transformations in the Nigerian energy industry, including the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and the establishment of NNPC Limited. The PIA enables NNPC Ltd. to engage in renewable energy, while the Nigerian Climate Act aims to integrate climate change actions for low emissions, inclusive green growth, and sustainable economic development.

He clarified that Nigeria is not moving away from hydrocarbons but is open to increasing the footprint of cleaner energy sources alongside fossil fuels. Gas development and infrastructure expansion across the country are essential components of NNPC Limited’s strategy to achieve affordable and clean energy, in line with United Nations SDG Goal No. 7.

Kyari called for collaboration among all stakeholders, including the government, security agencies, host communities, and the public to enhance energy security. Adequate and timely investments are vital to building resilient energy systems that support socio-economic development sustainably.

Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, the CEO of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), highlighted Africa’s abundant natural gas reserves and their potential for driving economic development and GDP growth in Nigeria. He emphasized the importance of natural gas as a strategic transition fuel for sustainable energy access in the short-to-medium term.

The implementation of various midstream gas investment initiatives, such as the Nigerian Gas Expansion Programme and The Nigerian Gas Transportation Network Code, underscores the Nigerian government’s commitment to the gas sector.

Komolafe pointed out that the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) recognizes the midstream sector as a critical driver for energy sustainability, job creation, and economic diversification. As regulators, NMDPRA focuses on unlocking the full potential of natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel, to benefit all sectors of the economy.

The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline and Tran-Saharan Gas Pipeline, significant midstream gas projects, are expected to position Nigeria as a major gas exporter to West Africa and Europe, fostering stronger ties between regions. Komolafe called for continued collaboration to create a sustainable energy future for the industry.

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