In a bid to bridge the projected medium-term gas supply gap expected by 2020, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Seplat Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) have signed five agreements to expedite the development of a project aimed at delivering about 3.4 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (scfgpd) by 2020.
In a statement on Monday by the corporation’s spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, the project, Assa North and Ohaji South (ANOH) gas development scheme, is one of the seven Critical Gas Development Projects (7CGDP) aimed at boosting gas production and infrastructure development.
On July 9, the corporation had signed 7CGDP to bridge the projected shortfall in gas supply.
Other projects include: development of the 6.4 TCF Unitized Gas fields (Samabri-Biseni, Akri-Oguta, Ubie-Oshi and Afuo-Ogbainbri); and the development of 7 TCF NPDC’s OML 26, 30 & 42; development of 2.2 TCF Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) JV Gas Supply to Brass Fertilizer Company; cluster development of 5 TCF OML 13 to support the expansion of Seven Energy Uquo GasPlant; and the cluster development of 10 TCF Okpokunou/Tuomo West (OML 35 & 62).
The statement quoted the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, as saying a special purpose vehicle known as ANOH Gas Processing Company (AGPC) was being promoted by the corporation and Seplat to develop, build, operate and maintain the ANOH Gas Processing Plant, with an initial capacity of 300 million scfgpd in Imo State.
Baru, who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, said NNPC would do everything possible to ensure that the project was successfully delivered.
He urged the AGPC to work hard and deliver the project on schedule, within budget and to specification, stressing that it was designed as world-class gas processing plant with capacity to deliver between 3billion and 3.4billion standard cubic feet of gas daily.
“Following the execution of Heads of Terms (HoT) by the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company (NGPTC) on behalf of the NNPC, Seplat and AGPC on December 19, 2017, the Steering Committee for the AGPC project has provided the leadership and broad guidance for the development and finalisation of the various commercial agreements required to underpin the project,” Baru stated.
On his part, the Chief Operating Officer of Seplat, Austin Avuru, assured that AGPC would deliver the project within the next 18 months and achieve its objective of being a key gas supplier to both the domestic and export market.
The Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company (NGPTC) and the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC) are all Gas and Power subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which is saddled with the responsibilities of managing the nation’s abundant hydrocarbon resources on behalf of the Federal Government.
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