Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva has said the Nigerian Gas Transportation Network Code (NGTNC), launched on Monday in Abuja, would help to grow gas infrastructure, expand gas utilization, curb gas flaring, and provide codes to standardize the gas value chain in line with global best practices.
The Minister said the NGTNC was part of the key reforms instituted by the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration to expand domestic gas-to-power, gas-to-Industry, gas-to-manufacturing and mitigate the challenge associated with gas flaring in the country.
Speaking during the launch, Sylva said the gas codes would go a long way in deepening economic development, improve gas supply, boost Liquefied Petroleum Gas supply, and attract more investment opportunities in the nation’s gas value chain.
He commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its gas subsidiary, the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), for partnering with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to meet the six-month target to bring the Network Code to life.
In his remarks, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, restated the corporations commitment to working with relevant partners and stakeholders in the sector to boost delivery of gas to the domestic market.
The GMD said the inauguration of the Network Code was an opportunity to enhance gas delivery and utilization in furtherance of the Federal Government’s objective of transforming gas into a key component of the nation’s energy mix and revenue sources.
“This opportunity has provided the right framework for the transportation of gas from the source to the end user in order to get value. We are happy to have this framework on ground and we are ready to collaborate with all our partners, the gas off-takers, gas producers, transportation companies, shippers, and all those involved in the gas value chain,” Mr Kyari stated.
During the ceremony, the Network Code Electronic Licensing and Administrative System (NCELAS) portal was unveiled, even as the signing of framework agreements between NGC, Gas Hub, and Dangote Fertilizer Limited was undertaken.
Under the agreement, the NGC will serve as the transporter while Gas Hub and Dangote Fertilizer Limited will serve as the shippers, with the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria Limited (GACN) playing the role of agent as provided by the framework.