Dr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday commissioned the Egbeoma gas plant which processes 30 million standard cubic feet of wet gas daily.
He said during the commissioning that the NNPC remains committed to pursuing government’s gas policy and aspiration of aggressively deploying the nation’s vast gas resources for economic growth.
The Egbeoma Gas Plant is a $60 million processing facility located in Ebedei Community, Ukwuani Local Government of Delta State.
The facility operated by PNG Gas Ltd, off-takes wet gas from the Platform/Newcross JV flow station to produce Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Propane, Lean Gas and Natural Gas Liquids (NGL).
It is the only onshore third-party gas extraction and fractionation plant of its kind in Nigeria, according to a statement in Abuja by the NNPC spokesman, Mr Ndu Ughamadu.
Dr Baru while saying the corporation was pursuing a growth in domestic gas supply capacity from the current 1.7bscfd to 5bscfd in the medium term, urged operators whose assets are close to the plant and the OB3 pipeline to seize the opportunity by collaborating with PNG Gas to maximize the plant’s capacity, access and commercialize all existing flares and further develop the significant gas reserves of 1Tcf of gas in the area.
“I see this initiative as the beginning of an end to the last mile of gas flaring in Nigeria. This plant is a hallmark of Nigerian engineering prowess and local content capacity,” he said.
Promoter of the project, Engr. Charles Osezua, said the plant represented the success story of Nigerian engineering.
“Our dream is to help realize the Federal Government’s drive of building a gas hub in this area by processing 150mmscfd of gas which will not only generate power but also support the growth of the nation’s economy,” Osezua stated.
He noted that since inception in 2016, the plant has run at 97percent of installed capacity with a safety record of about 1.5million man hours of operation without loss time injury.