The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) is poised to tackle the now prevalent gas shortage and price increase in the country. On the 4th of November 2021, it was announced its intention to cut cooking gas exports to meet the current domestic demands. The managing director of NLNG, Dr Philip Mshelbila, publicly made this known in Lagos state while also highlighting the company’s contribution to domestic LPG supply in Nigeria.
He said, “The company has increased its committed volume to the market by consistently reducing its export LPG volumes in satisfaction of domestic demand, increasing domestic provision from 50,000MT in 2007 to 450,000MT from 2021”. The NLNG is also now increasing supply to the domestic market to 450,000 mt per annum from 250,000 mt per year earlier supplied.
NLNG, a venture involving the state-owned NNPC and Shell, Eni and TotalEnergies, produces around 7 million mt/year of LPG (propane and butane) from the six trains.
To meet the rise in supply volume, NLNG said it had increased the number of off-takers to 43 from the initial six contracted in 2007. Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Gas, Ed Ubong, said while much of the gas from the Shell-operated Gbaran-Ubie field, which produces about 864 MMcf/d of gas, is for export, the company is building infrastructure to deliver the gas to local industries.
“Shell is investing in a gas portfolio that will increase supply for Nigerian and international customers via an expanding network of plants, pipelines and export terminals,” Ubong said.
Managing Director, Seplat Petroleum, Roger Brown, said the company supplies a third of the gas that goes into power generation in the country, assuring that the company is vigorously working in line with the Federal Government’s Decade of Gas agenda.
Source: The Guardian