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Nigeria Requires $15bn To Strengthen Existing Gas Infrastructure – Mele Kyari



The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) said that Nigeria would need between $10 billion and $15 billion in the next two to three years to ramp up its existing gas infrastructure.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC, Mele Kyari, gave the estimate at the 2024 edition of CERAWeek, a global oil and gas event in Houston, the United States, organised by S&P Global.

The programme, which ended on Friday, was themed: “Multidimensional Energy Transition: Markets, Climate, Technology and Geopolitics.”

Kyari argued that the main focus of the NNPC at the moment, was building capacity to deliver gas into the domestic market, reiterating that Nigeria remained a gas country with associated oil rather than the other way round.

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Nigeria has over 208 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF) of proven gas reserves and about 600 TCF in potential reserves, but can hardly get the resource out of the ground due to lack of infrastructure and the much-needed investment in the sector.

But highlighting the ongoing conversations around energy transition, the NNPCL GCEO noted that “the country takes the issue of energy availability very seriously as well as the cheapest route to explore it.”

The NNPC’s chief executive argued that there was now a clear opportunity that gas had today, which wasn’t there 10 years ago, explaining that the NNPC and its partners were building a number of trunk lines that would supply gas within the network.

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According to the GCEO, within the next three to four years, there would likely be in-country gas infrastructure to raise supply, especially domestically.

“What we see is that we will probably need between $10 billion to $15 billion in two to three years. That should cover the immediate gap. And of course, looking beyond providing gas in the domestic market, which is to see how relationships and partnerships can create gas for export.

“And of course, when you look at that, and then probably you see another incremental $10 billion to $12 billion which will create the opportunity for growth,” he stated.

Besides, the NNPC helmsman said that there was an ongoing engagement, which had reached a very advanced stage to create a pipeline that can pass through 13 African countries into Morocco and then to Europe, estimated at $25 billion.

He mentioned the ongoing construction of the NLNG Train 7, expressing the hope that it will likely double Nigeria’s current capacity in the liquefied natural gas space when completed.

“Also, we are working on two other projects. One is the fixed LNG project and we have reached an advanced stage of commitment so that we can bring back another 10 million tonnes facility in the country, and several other floating LNG projects.

“But obviously, we have a line of sight around at least three to four LNG projects. We are also engaging our partners to see how we can add another train on the LNG making it eight. We see huge opportunities,” he pointed out in a report by THISDAY.

Kyari further called for support from other countries to nations in sub-Saharan Africa, to close the energy availability gap.

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