The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has said that the proposed Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project will cost about $20- $25 billion to be built.
According to Kyari, the construction of the gas pipeline will be in stages. The first stage would take three years to be completed, while the second stage would take five years.
However, the Moroccan State Agency stated that the pipeline could take as long as twenty-five years to be executed, this was after a previous agreement in 2018.
Kyari said that the Nigeria-Morocco Gas pipeline which is a 5,600 km gas pipeline would pass through 13 African countries and after its completion, it will provide gas from Nigeria to the West African Countries, and subsequently to Europe.
He also added that the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline would supply 3 billion standard cubic feet of gas through the 13 African countries daily, improve the standard of living and several other benefits would be enjoyed as a result of reduced carbon emissions.
Speaking on when investments concerning the project would be finalized, Kyari said, “We will take a final investment decision next year.”
In the process of committing to this project, the NNPC Limited said it has also awakened a longstanding plan for a separate trans-continental Gas pipeline which is about 4,400 kilometers traveling through the Sahara Desert to Algeria and eventually heading towards Europe.
Mele Kyari said the corporation has seen an opportunity to revive every gas pipeline project and it all boils down to who needs it and who is willing to pay the price.
“We have seen the opportunity to bring back every gas pipeline project that you can think of,” Kyari said. “It is a matter of who needs it and who’s ready to pay for it.”
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Nigeria’s Presidential CNG Initiative Allocates N100bn for CNG Buses and EV Adoption
The Presidential Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Initiative has allocated N100 billion to expedite the deployment of CNG buses nationwide, according to a statement released on Wednesday.
The initiative, designed to catalyze an Auto-gas and Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution in mass transit and transportation, aims to enhance sustainability and cost-effectiveness.
The statement revealed that the fund would be instrumental in supporting the adoption of auto-gas and electric vehicles, signaling a commitment to a more sustainable and economical future in the transportation sector.
The Presidential CNG Initiative plans to leverage over 11,500 CNG and electric-fueled vehicles, along with the deployment of 55,000 conversion kits.
This strategic approach is intended to reduce transportation costs for Nigerians and mitigate the challenges posed by the rising cost of living.
Under the Renewed Hope Agenda, the Presidential CNG Initiative is dedicated to realizing the President’s vision, guided by its steering committee led by FIRS Chairman Zacch Adedeji.
The statement highlighted recent achievements, including strategic technical partnerships and the ongoing commissioning of CNG Conversion centers in key states such as Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Ogun, and Rivers.
Several more centers are slated for commissioning in the coming weeks, reflecting the initiative’s momentum and commitment to achieving its objectives.
Nigeria’s Power Transformation: 53 Projects Worth N122bn on Track for May 2024 Completion
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and power distribution companies, is set to complete 53 power projects by May next year.
Valued at N122 billion, these projects aim to add over 1,000 megawatts to TCN’s wheeling capacity.
During a recent tour of three ongoing projects in Lagos, TCN’s Programme Coordinator, Mathew Ajibade, assured that the projects were not abandoned, refuting speculations.
He confirmed that work is progressing smoothly and is expected to be completed by May 2024, as initially planned.
Assistant Director/Head of Infrastructure Finance Office at the CBN, Tumba Tijani, highlighted the CBN’s support for the power sector, revealing that the bank released a loan at a 9% interest rate in August last year for the projects.
The funding, part of the Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility-3, amounts to N122,289,344 and aims to address transmission/distribution bottlenecks, enhance supply to end-users, and unlock unutilized generation capacity.
Tijani disclosed that N85.43 billion has been disbursed into the Advance Payment Guarantee account of the 53 contractors responsible for executing the projects.
The comprehensive project list includes the delivery of power transformers, re-conductoring existing transmission lines, upgrading existing substations, and constructing 33KV line bays.
The initiative reflects a concerted effort to enhance Nigeria’s power infrastructure and meet growing energy demands.
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