By Emmanuel Addeh
The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), an exploration and production subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Friday said it is targeting an additional 600 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) gas supply to the domestic market between 2023 and 2025.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, in a statement in Abuja, quoted the Managing Director, NPDC, Mr. Mansur Sambo, as making the comment during a facility tour of the company’s Oredo gas handling plant by the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Mr Mele Kyari, in Benin City, Edo State.
Speaking on the medium term projection of the company, which he said is currently the highest supplier of natural gas to the domestic market, the NPDC boss said besides the one billion standard cubic feet per day (bscf/d) it currently produces, the company would add another 600mmscf to its production portfolio in the next three to five years.
Giving a breakdown of the projection, Sambo said the company’s OML 34 was expected to deliver 360mmscf/d, while OMLs 42 and 111 would deliver 120mmscf/d apiece.
He stated that NPDC has revved up production in OML 111 by 2,100 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and 27mmscfd of gas, thereby increasing cumulative production from the acreage to 10,699bpd.
Sambo, who also announced the successful drilling of Well 16 in OML 111, said the well was essentially for gas with associated crude oil, adding that the plan was for the gas plant to be fed from the well.
On the gas handling facility, the NPDC boss disclosed that the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) unit would be ready for commissioning in October 2020.
Speaking at the occasion, Kyari described the development as a significant step towards growing the nation’s crude oil reserves and increasing production.
He stressed that more of such were needed to meet the target of three million barrels per day production and sustain the nation’s economic growth.
“This gas facility in particular will deliver at least 240 metric tonnes of LPG to domestic market within a year and that is a very significant fraction of current level of supply into the market.
“It will ease the spending on foreign exchange by the country. This is monumental and underscores government efforts of making sure that this is the year of gas.
“The gas is the cheapest and easiest way of getting development in this country,” the GMD said.
He congratulated the management and staff of NPDC on fast-tracking the completion of its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) gas plant, reiterating that gas development was key to the nation’s quest for industrialisation.