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DPR Set To Remove Bottlenecks On Gas Supply Networks

Babajide Iletogun

The Department of Petroleum Resources has rallied major stakeholders, including the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission  the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Limited  and power Generation Companies, over its plans to ameliorate the current gas-to-power shortage.

DPR told the Gencos that there was the need to take advantage of the Nigeria Gas Network Transportation Code launched last year, stressing that it is ready to work with stakeholders on the removal of all bottlenecks on the use of the code.

The federal government had last week apologised for worsening power supply, blaming it on lack of gas supply.

Minister of Power, Mr. Saleh Mamman, had stated that seven of the key integrated power plants, comprising Geregu, Sapele, Omotosho, Gbarain, Omuku, Paras and Alaoji, were experiencing gas constraints, leading to power outages.

But the Director of DPR, Mr Sarki Auwalu, told the Gencos that all their reservations concerning the gas supply code would be resolved so as to improve power supply.

He stated that as a country with over 203 trillion cubic feet of gas, Nigeria must take advantage of the availability of the commodity to resolve its energy challenges in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari who has already declared the decade that of gas to fast-track the use of the fuel.

He added that the meeting was critical because up to 70 per cent of gas produced for the domestic market was consumed by the power generation companies, who use it to produce electricity.

He stated that the commercial sector, gas-based industries and the power companies will gain a lot by keying into the network code, a set of rules which was launched last year to expand domestic gas-to-power, gas-to-industry, gas-to-manufacturing and mitigate the challenge associated with gas flaring in the country.

“We appreciate the challenges, which obviously, we expect to clear as we have these engagements. Inter-agency wise we are having a lot of engagements. The network code is not abstract. We practicalise it by making it work and change in a way that will suit us to guarantee your business and opportunities provided by the gas value chain.

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