NNPC assures on completion of gas project

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has promised to complete the ongoing gas projects aimed at linking gas-to-power and gas-to-industries.

Giving this assurance on Monday was the Group General Manager, Gas Infrastructure Development, Engr. Farouk Said.

He spoke during his presentation to the Senate Committee on Gas who visited the NNPC Towers in Abuja, as part of their oversight function, adding that the NNPC is currently undertaking six priority gas projects that would reposition the country for profitability.

Giving fresh insights on the gas project, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, was quoted as saying that “In line with the mandate of GID, we are currently executing six critical gas infrastructure projects. Four of them are pipeline projects. The others are the Gas Revolution Industrial Park (GRIP) and the Western and Central Processing Plants.”

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He stated that the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System II (ELPS) is a 36 inch diameter and 342 kilometer pipeline which traverses Delta, Edo, Ondo, Ogun and Lagos States, stressing that the project is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of this year.

On the Gas Revolution Industrial Park (GRIP), Alegbe said: “We have completed concept master plan. We have also done ground breaking ceremony. We have cleared 535 hectares of the land out of the 585 hectares earmarked for GRIP.

“Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) has also appointed a developer and an alignment meeting has been scheduled for the end of February 2016 where all the stakeholders would get together including the investor to factor the way forward for the project.”

Earlier, the Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said the gas infrastructural projects when completed would boost power supply, generate employment and provide a veritable platform for export of petrochemical products from Nigeria.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Gas, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, said the visit was an eye opener of sorts even as he restated the determination of the Senate to support the strategic efforts of the NNPC to industrialise Nigeria.

“We encourage the management of NNPC to remain focused on the critical gas infrastructure, the continued display of transparency and accountability in its business module implementation,” Sen. Akpan noted.

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