The Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Engr. K. O. Busari FNSE, has charged the officers in Gas Department and Key Stakeholders in the Gas Sector to proffer solutions to the identified challenges, which when surmounted will facilitate the country’s desire to be a Regional Gas Supply Hub with concurrent presence in the Domestic, Regional and Export Market.
Engr. Busari gave the charge today, Thursday 18th August, 2022 in Abuja at the one day Stakeholders’ Engagement on the optimisation of Gas Infrastructure with the theme “ the Optimisation of Gas Infrastructure Blueprint” organised by Gas Department of the Ministry.
In his opening address, the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry noted that there is urgency for Gas Infrastructure development in Nigeria to monetize our vast Gas Resources through gas to power locally, and gas export to African Countries and Europe.
“The development of Gas Infrastructure also aligns with the thrust of National Gas Policy, which is, to move Nigeria from an oil-based economy to oil and gas-based industrial economy” he said.
Engr. Busari emphasised that in view of the National Energy transition policy of Nigeria to have zero carbon emission by 2060 and the declaration of year 2021-2030 as the “Decade of Gas”, the infrastructure optimization is most critical. The Ministry he said, has made history by holding this Stakeholders Meeting on Gas Infrastructure optimization and assured them of continuous engagement in the future.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Director Department of Gas, Engr.(Mrs.) Nkem Agholor went down memory lane to inform the audience that the journey to reposition Nigeria in the shortest possible time, as a Regional Gas Supply Hub with concurrent presence in the Domestic, Regional and Export Market started way back in 2006. This, she said, was when the Federal Government of Nigeria requested World Bank support to undertake a critical review of its Gas Sector and to make recommendations for the rapid design and implementation of a viable overall Strategic Gas Plan (SGP).
The Director opined that the Gas Infrastructure Blueprint was to ascertain the progress made, challenges encountered and way-forward to advance the Gas Infrastructure Network in the Country, especially in this “Decade of Gas” where Gas is the transition energy for the development of Nigerian Economy.
The Participants who attended the Stakeholders’ Engagement were drawn from the Gas Department of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Limited), Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), Chevron Nigeria Limited, Greenville Liquefied Natural Gas, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) and National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP).
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