Mr Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, has reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has the political will to ensure that Nigeria becomes a gas nation with its huge deposit of gas.
Sylva disclosed this at the Pre-summit conference of the Decade of gas, in Abuja, on Monday.
“President Muhammadu Buharis’s administration in industriliasation with country ‘s vast natural gas resources is a deliberate and well thought out plan.
“if you remember, the economic plan of this administration revolves around utilisation of natural gas.
“The four key areas are, Energy security, transportation, manufacturing and industrialisation.
” The common denominator is the natural gas as it is the major fuel to power generation, transportation and key ingredients for manufacturing fertilizer for agriculture.
“I can assure you the president Muhammadu Buhari has the political will to surmount the challenges to continue on determined pursuit to transform Nigeria as a gas nation,” he said
According to him, natural gas is also needed in the Petrochemicals for manufacturing, adding that it is no longer acceptable that in spite the huge deposit of gas, the gap in power supply and demand is still huge in the country.
“We must deal with energy poverty in this country.
“We must find a way to unlock the natural gas potential of this nation and drag over 120 million of our people out of energy poverty,” he added.
He said that aim of summit was to achieve a robust roadmap that would drive the utilisation of gas in country and using it for economic growth and development.
In his remarks, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations,( NNPC) Malam Mele Kyari said Pre-Summit Conference is coming at the most crucial time, as the world transits to cleaner energy.
He said that Nigeria was set to play strategic role in this New World Energy Order.
“Technology and Innovation is facilitating a new energy transition aimed at decarbonsing the world and safeguarding the climate.
” But renewable energy sources of solar and wind, a key component of the new energy mix are influenced by seasons and are non-transportable to demand centres that are short of wind or sun.
“A transition fuels is therefore necessary and clearly unavoidable, he said.
He added that Nigeria under the visionary leadership of president Buhari had committed huge resources to ensure that domestic gas infrastructure reach every corner of our country, to deepen Natural gas utilization.
This, he said would also spur investment in power and gas-based industries, grow the economy and generate employment for millions of our young people.
“All this is at the backdrop of the fact we are a gas nation with over 203tscf of proven gas reserves and potentially over 600tcf.
“Our effort at monetising the huge gas resources has been modest but clearly spurred to higher level by numerous policy and industry interventions since 2016 culminating in the declaration of year 2020 as year of gas and now progressing with the decade of gas from year 2021,” he added
Kyari said that several strategic projects had been delivered by NNPC and her partners to deepen delivery of gas into the domestic market and elevate the build-up of greater potentials for export.
“The completion of the ELPS II, commission of the OB3 lot 2, the NPDC Oredo gas handling facility, the SEEPCO gas processing plant can be easily cited even without the mention of the ongoing strategic backbone infrastructure delivery projects as the AKK pipeline.
“Otheres are the OB3 final hook-up, the Nigeria-Morroco pipeline and several other gas-based industries initiatives.
“All this will herald the sunset of gas revolution in our country within the decade of gas,” he added.
President Buhari who declared the summit open virtually urged stakeholder to join efforts to ensure full utilisation of huge gas deposit in the country for economic development.