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NPDC Achieves 100% Local Content Input in Developing Gas Handling Facility  

GMD NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, Chief Operating Officer Upstream, Mallam Bello Rabiu (right), Managing Director NPDC, Mr. Yusufu Matashi (left) inspecting NPDC’s Integrated Gas Handling Facility in Oredo, near Benin City, Tuesday

The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), an Upstream Subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has achieved a 100 percent local content input in the development of Oredo Integrated Gas Handling Facility.

NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said this Wednesday during a tour of the NPDC’s Oredo Flow Station, Oredo Gas-to-Pan-Ocean Facility, Oredo Integrated Gas Handling Facility (IGHF), as well as the Oredo LPG Dispensing Facility, all in Edo State.

Commending NPDC on the feat, Dr. Baru said he was proud that a world-class facility was being put in place by a Nigerian engineering contractor in conjunction with the NPDC.

The IGHF is currently at 80percent completion. When completed in December, it will make provision for dehydration of gas and liquid extraction. It is expected to also produce both Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Propane, in addition to dry gas to the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS).

Baru described the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 111, where the gas projects are located, as one of the most significant assets of the NPDC because it is where the corporation’s staff and their contractors design, build and operate facilities hitherto operated by the International Oil Companies (IOCs).

He said as a National Oil Company (NOC), the corporation was using this to showcase its ability to intervene and take over any assets whenever any contractor decides to opt out.

Dr. Baru stated that the project’s funding constraints would be addressed soonest, stressing that NNPC was considering alternative means to support and complete the project.

Managing Director of the NPDC, Mr. Yusuf Matashi, said the LPG Dispensing Facility strategically offered 40percent solution for Nigeria’s domestic LPG market which would translate into extra cash flow for the company.

“Another advantage is that it will ensure ease of distribution and penetration into the market. You can take LPG to every nook and cranny of the country from here. So, it is quite strategic,” he noted.

Located 34km southeast of Benin City, the OML 111 is an onshore field comprising five fields viz: Oki-Oziengbe-South, Aroh North, Koko, Oghama as well as Oredo, which has twelve (12) out of its fifteen (15) wells currently producing.

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