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Nigeria Losing 500mmscf of Gas Daily – NNPC



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  • Nigeria Losing 500mmscf of Gas Daily – NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation stated on Monday that on a daily basis, over 500 million standard cubic feet of gas were being shut in by producers as a result of the problems in the power sector.

According to the corporation, the non-evacuation of electricity has resulted in shut-in of gas producer wells, adding that this was a critical challenge for Nigeria’s gas industry.

The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, stated this in a keynote address at the Nigerian Gas Association’s 11th International Conference and Exhibition in Abuja.

“It is important to point out that due to the problems in the power sector, particularly transmission and distribution, the industry is forced to shut in over 500mmscfd of gas meant for the power sector that would have generated about 2,000 megawatts of electricity,” Baru stated.

He said this challenge had necessitated discussions for electricity grid upgrade and captive power generation, among others.

The NNPC boss said “There are issues around power transmission and evacuation. Non-evacuation of power has led to back pressure on the transmission lines, which has also resulted in shut-in of producer wells. Thus, it is a cyclical challenge.

“This challenge will definitely dovetail into discussions around national grid upgrade, grid decentralisation, off-grid power and captive power, among a host of alternatives.”

Baru, however, noted that the demand for gas in the country was unprecedented, as the average gas production was in the region of 8.5 billion standard cubic feet per day.

He stated, “Today, we have an unprecedented demand for gas, which far outweighs the global average growth rate. This growth is mostly fuelled by demand from the power sector following massive investment in power plants (National Integrated Power Projects) and relocation of gas-based industries to Nigeria.

“Our current average gas production is in the region of 8.5Bscfd. Of this volume, about 43 per cent or 3.7Bscfd is exported; 32 per cent or 2.7Bscfd is utilised for gas re-injection/gas-lift; 18 per cent or 1.5Bscfd is used domestically for power and industries; while the balance of seven per cent or 0.6Bscfd is unfortunately being flared.”

Baru, however, expressed hope that the new regulation and penalty on gas flaring would lead to a reduction in the volume of flared gas in Nigeria.

He told delegates at the conference that in the last eight years, the national oil firm had completed over 500 kilometres of gas pipelines.

According to him, the NNPC is currently completing the construction of the strategic 48-inch by 130km Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben East-West Interconnection Pipeline, which should deliver 2Bscfd of gas.

“We expect to complete and inaugurate this pipeline early 2019. In addition, we are completing the expansion of the existing Escravos to Lagos Pipeline to double the installed capacity of the ELPS from 1.1Bscfd to 2.2Bscfd. This line is expected to be inaugurated by the end of this year,” he added.

Baru said the corporation had identified seven key gas development projects to forestall any shortfall, at least, in the medium term.

“These projects are an integral leg of the gas development strategy designed to leverage the full potential of gas to meet the target of generating at least 15 gigawatts of electricity by 2020,” he added.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.


Electricity Consumers Get 611,231 Meters Under MAP Scheme



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Electricity Consumers Get 611,231 Meters Under MAP Scheme

A total of 611,231 meters have been deployed as at January 31, 2021 under the Meter Asset Provider initiative since its full operation despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other extraneous factors, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has said.

NERC disclosed this in a consultation paper on the review of the MAP Regulations.

The proposed review of the MAP scheme is coming nearly four months after the Federal Government launched a new initiative called National Mass Metering Programme aimed at distributing six million meters to consumers free of charge.

“The existence of a huge metering gap and the need to ensure successful implementation of the MYTO 2020 Service-Based Tariff resulted in the approval of the NMMP, a policy of the Federal Government anchored on the provision of long-term low interest financing to the Discos,” NERC said.

The commission had in March 2018 approved the MAP Regulations with the aim of fast-tracking the closure of the metering gap in the sector through the engagement of third-party investors (called meter asset providers) for the financing, procurement, supply, installation and maintenance of meters.

It set a target of providing meters to all customers within three years, and directed the Discos and the approved MAPs to commence the rollout of meters not later than May 1, 2019.

But in February 2020, NERC said several constraints, including changes in fiscal policy and the limited availability of long-term funding, had led to limited success in meter rollout.

NERC, in the consultation paper, highlighted three proposed options for metering implementation going forward.

The first option is to allow the implementation of both the NMMP and MAP metering frameworks to run concurrently; the second is to continue with the current MAP framework with meters procured under the NMMP supplied only through MAPs (by being off-takers from the local manufacturers/assemblers).

The third option is to wind down the MAP framework and allow the Discos to procure meters directly from local manufacturers/assemblers (or as procured by the World Bank), and enter into new contracts for the installation and maintenance of such meters.

“Customers who choose not to wait to receive meters based on the deployment schedule of the NMMP shall continue to have the option of making upfront payments for meters which will be installed within a maximum period of 10 working days,” NERC said.

The regulator said such customers would be refunded by the Discos through energy credits, adding that there would be no option for meter acquisition through the payment of a monthly meter service charge.

“Where meters have already been deployed under the meter service charge option, Discos shall make one-off repayment to affected customers and associated MAPs. Such meters shall be recognised in the rate base of the Discos,” it added.

NERC urged stakeholders to provide comments, objections, and representations on the proposed amendments within 21 days of the publication of the consultation paper.

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Nigeria’s Economy Moving in Right Direction but Slow – Amina Mohammed



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Nigeria’s Economy Moving in Right Direction but Slow – Amina Mohammed

Nigeria is moving in the right direction economically but its movement is not fast, the United Nations stated on Thursday.

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, said this during a meeting at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in Abuja.

She said the challenges in Nigeria were huge, its population large but described the country’s economy as great with lots of opportunities.

The UN scribe stated that after traveling by train and through various roads in the Northern parts of Nigeria, she discovered that the roads were motorable, although there were ongoing repairs on some of them.

Mohammed said, “This is a country that is diverse in nature, ethnicity, religious backgrounds and opportunities. But these are its strengths, not weaknesses.

“And I think the narrative for Nigeria has to change to one that is very much the reality.”

Speaking on her trips across parts of Nigeria, she said, “What I saw along the way is really a country that is growing, that is moving in the right direction economically. Is it fast enough? No. Is it in the right direction? Yes it is.

“And the challenges still remain with security, our social cohesion and social contract between government and the people. But I know that people are working on these issues.”

She said the UN recognised the reforms in Nigeria and other nations, adding that the common global agenda was the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mohammad commended Nigeria’s quick response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as she expressed hope that the arrival of vaccines would be the beginning of the end of COVID-19.

On his part, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, told his guest that the Federal Government was working hard to make Nigeria the entrepreneurial hub of Africa.

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N10.7tn Spent on Fuel Subsidy in 10 Years – MOMAN



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N10.7tn Spent on Fuel Subsidy in 10 Years – MOMAN

Nigeria spent a total of N10.7tn on fuel subsidy in the last 10 years, the Chairman, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr Adetunji Oyebanji, has said.

Oyebanji, who was the guest speaker at the 18th Aret Adams Lecture on Thursday, said N750bn was spent on subsidy in 2019.

He highlighted the need for a transition to a market-driven environment through policy-backed legislative and commercial frameworks, enabling the sustainability of the downstream petroleum sector.

“Total deregulation is more than just the removal of price subsidies; it is aimed at improving business operations, increasing the investments in the oil and gas sector value chain, resulting in the growth in the nation’s downstream petroleum sector as a whole,” he said.

The managing director of 11 Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc) said steps had been taken, “but larger and faster leaps are now required.”

According to him, deregulation requires the creation of a competitive market environment, and will guarantee the supply of products at commercial and market prices.

“It requires unrestricted and profitable investments in infrastructure, earning reasonable returns to investors. It requires a strong regulator to enable transparency and fair competition among players, and not to regulate prices,” Oyebanji said.

He noted that MOMAN had recently called for a national debate by stakeholders to share pragmatic and realistic initiatives to ease the impact of the subsidy removal on society – especially on the most vulnerable.

He said, “A shift from crude oil production to crude oil full value realisation through deliberate investment in domestic refining and refined products distribution, creates the opportunity to transform the dynamics of the downstream sector from one of ‘net importer’ to one of ‘net exporter’, spurring the growth of the Nigerian economy.

“Effective reforms and regulations are key drivers for the growth within the refining sector. Non-functional refineries cost Nigeria over $13bn in 2019. If the NNPC refineries were operating at optimal capacity, Nigeria would have imported only 40 per cent of what it consumed in 2019.”

Full deregulation of the downstream sector remains the most glaring boost to potential investors in this space, according to Oyebanji.

He said, “As crude oil prices will fluctuate depending on the prevailing exchange rates, it will be astute to trade in naira to avoid inevitable price swings.

“There needs to be a balance between ensuring the sustainable growth of the crude oil value chain (upstream through downstream) and providing value for the Nigerian consumer and the Nigerian economy.”

He said the philosophy should be for the government to put the legislative and commercial framework in place and let the market develop by itself.

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