Nigeria achieved an average national daily gas production of 7.90bscf in 2018, translating to 3 percent above the 2017 average daily gas production of 7.67bscf, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said.
Out of the 7.90bscf produced in 2018, an average of 3.32bscfd (42%) was supplied to the Export market, 2.5bscfd (32%) for Reinjection/Fuel Gas, 1.3bscfd (16%) was supplied to the domestic market and about 783mmscfd (10%) was flared, Dr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of the NNPC said.
The GMD stated that out of the 1.3bscfd supplied to the domestic market, an average of 71mmscfd went to the power sector, while 470mmscfd was supplied to the industries and the balance of 69mmscf delivered to the West African Market through the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP).
Dr. Baru said NNPC would bridge the medium-term domestic gas supply deficit by 2020 through the corporation’s Seven Critical Gas Development Projects (&CGDPS), adding that a reputable Project Management consulting firm is collaborating with an NNPC team to achieve accelerated implementation of the projects.
He assured that full implementation of the project would boost domestic gas supply from about 1.5bscf/d to 5bscf/d by 2020, with a corresponding 500 percent increase in power generation and stimulation of gas-based industrialization.
Dr. Baru said all existing power plants in the country now had a permanent gas supply pipeline infrastructure, stressing that the corporation would continue to expand and integrate its gas pipeline network system to meet increasing domestic gas demand.
He listed key gas pipeline infrastructure projects on which, he noted, significant progress had been made in their execution to include: Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS II), Obiafu/Obrikom-Oben (OB3), Odidi-Warri Expansion Pipeline (OWEP), Trans Nigeria Pipeline Project (TNGP) – Ajaokuta-Kaduan-Kano (AKK) Pipeline, Trans Nigeria Pipeline Project (TNGP) and Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NGMP) Project.