The Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, on Monday stated the nation was looking beyond the Niger Delta in its effort to discover alternative source for gas supply.
Kachikwu revealed this at a breakout session at the continuous Nigerian Gas Association 11 th Global Conference and Exhibit in Abuja.
The minister was represented by his Senior Technical Consultant, Upstream and Gas, Mr Gbite Adeniji.
He stated that the Federal Federal government was major about taking gas to the Northern area of the nation, through the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano( AKK) gas pipeline job, so regarding attend to the substantial financial difficulties seen in the area.
The minister specified that the nation might no longer endure a scenario where 11 power plants throughout the nation would be required to close down, when there was interruption in gas supply through the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS).
He stated, “As a federal government, you wish to guarantee that you have toughness in supply sources and toughness on shipment system.
” The position we have actually taken is that we need to take a look at as numerous alternatives as possible in regards to supply sources.
” Today, we are really based on gas supply from the Niger Delta. The policy position is that we need to take a look at other surfaces to see what is possible.” We have actually found substantial quantity of gas resources in the overseas.
” For this reason, the declaration made previously on that we should guarantee that by the end of this quarter, we settle the problems of the legal structure that would assist us open those gas resources, so that we have optionality.
” It simply does refrain from doing well that when the ELPS decreases, 11 power plants and numerous commercial business likewise go down with it.
” That is not the system. A substantial part of financial investment therein, however the truth of our life in Nigeria is that it goes down with them.
” The preparation is that we need to produce alternatives to the ELPS for Lagos.”.
Kachikwu even more stressed the tactical significance of the AKK pipeline job.
He kept in mind that the secret was to guarantee that the job was provided in a way that offers self-confidence to the upstream that there was practical anchor job to keep it going.
According to him, till the AKK pipeline begins stream, the nation needs to take a look at the possibility of alternative gas materials into the Northern area and into other stranded gas markets in the nation.
” Let us focus a bit on Northern Nigeria, which is dealing with quadruple whammy, which is what I would call it today.
” It is substantially de-industrialised; there is logging going on; there is desertification going on; then the population is expanding.
” Inexpensive access to energy sources is a huge option to these issues on Northern Nigeria, which is the crucial essence of the AKK job,” he stated.