Nigerian Govt Unveils Major Gas Expansion Plan

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Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has said that the government has embarked on an extensive gas expansion project on pipeline, saying the project will add 120million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcf/d) to the grid and eliminate the challenges of low gas pressure

She said 65 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcf/d) is also expected to be pumped to the power plants within the next four weeks following the ongoing work at Oredo.

Addressing newsmen yesterday at the progress made in the supply of gas to power plants since the declaration of 12-month gas supply emergency plan, the minister said that the gas addition will bridge the outstanding gap in supply with all available power plants on the Western Axis.

“Specifically, with these interventions, we are now able to supply gas to the full requirements of Egbin, Sapele PHCN, Delta IV, Olorunshogo both PHCN and NIPP plants and Omotosho PHCN power plants. In addition, we are able to meet the requirements of two out of three turbines in Geregu and one out of two turbines in Sapele NIPP.

“The net impact of all these is the addition of 120million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcf/d) to the grid and the permanent elimination of the challenges of low gas pressure that has plagued the Olorunshogo PHCN and NIPP power plants. We are also now well positioned to supply gas to the existing Geregu Power plant and all anticipated future expansions in that axis.

“This is part of the most extensive expansion ever undertaken on this pipeline network since it was built 30 years ago,” she said.