The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) disclosed that Nigeria owns Africa’s largest proven gas reserves of over 208 trillion cubic feet, with most of it untapped or flared.
In a bid to access the gas resources at the country’s disposal, the federal government declared 2021 – 2030 as the DECADE OF GAS, a period for the country to switch from an oil exploration country to a gas-focused industrial development.
The Chief Executive Officer of the NUPRC, Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, said monetizing gas resources is a positive move towards achieving energy security which is in accordance with the ongoing global energy transition.
According to Ed Ubong, the Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas Limited and President of the Nigeria Gas Association, Nigeria has more than enough gas and it needs to be brought to the surface, to be monetized and consumed.
Similarly, Mr. Timipre Sylvia, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, said that the growth of Nigeria’s gas reserves was important to achieving the “Decade of Gas Development”.
Sylvia stated that the government has its part to play in energizing the gas sector if Nigeria was to compete with the rest of the global economy.
The federal government, in an attempt to monetize Nigeria’s abundant gas reserve, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Morocco to construct a 5,600KM gas pipeline that would diversify the economy and also generate additional revenue for the country.
The main motivation behind the gas utilization projects embarked on by the federal government is the government’s goal of wealth creation and economic diversification. Gas seems to be the future for Nigeria as natural gas will be the main energy source in the transition from fossil fuels to green energies.
Natural gas has the potential to not only develop Nigeria’s economy but also improve the standard of living of the country’s citizen.
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Sun Africa Commits $2.2 Billion to Transform Nigeria’s Power Sector
Sun Africa LLC, a global entity dedicated to supporting Africa’s energy needs, has announced a commitment of approximately $2.2 billion for the development of Nigeria’s power sector.
The pledge follows a meeting between the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, and representatives from Sun Africa, led by Chairman Goran Rajsic.
In the initial phase, the project will concentrate on delivering 961 MWp of solar PV infrastructure and 455 MWh of battery energy storage, marking a transformative venture valued at $2.2 billion.
This strategic collaboration aims to address Nigeria’s growing demand for new power infrastructure, aligning with the nation’s economic needs and transitioning toward sustainability.
Adelabu emphasized Nigeria’s significant requirement for new power infrastructure to support economic growth and sustainability.
The commitment from Sun Africa and its partners signifies a crucial step toward achieving Nigeria’s electricity goals.
Goran Rajsic expressed gratitude to the project partners, highlighting the support in designing a comprehensive solution featuring cutting-edge solar PV and battery storage technologies.
Sun Africa’s collaboration with Sterling & Wilson Renewable Energy Limited as its EPC partner represents a milestone in advancing sustainable and reliable energy solutions for Nigeria.
This initiative aligns with the nation’s commitment to driving positive change through innovative renewable energy solutions.
Niger Delta Power Holding Company Reveals N190bn Debt Owed by Government Entities
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), and the Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company owe a cumulative sum of N190 billion for electricity supply.
Chiedu Ugbo, the Managing Director and CEO of NDPHC, shared this information during a media briefing in Lagos.
Ugbo highlighted that the N190 billion debt has accumulated from 2015 to May 2023. While the exact amount owed by NBET wasn’t specified, Ugbo emphasized that the huge indebtedness to NDPHC runs into hundreds of billions, affecting the company’s operations and financial obligations.
He stated, “NDPHC is also not paid for availability but only as dispatched, thereby depriving NDPHC of hundreds of billions since 2015 when the Transitional Electricity Market was declared, and the government has so far been denied revenue as high as N3trn.”
Ugbo emphasized the challenging situation the debt has created, making it difficult for NDPHC to meet operational expenditures, pay gas suppliers, and maintain regular power generation.
To overcome these challenges, he called for urgent private capital mobilization and explored independent transmission projects, involving Gencos as investors.
Executive Director, Generation, Engr. Abdullahi Kassim, highlighted the ‘Light-up Nigeria Initiative,’ a program aimed at leveraging NDPHC’s generation assets to provide reliable power supply to eligible customers, distribution companies, and third-party project developers, ultimately achieving over 97% power distribution to the masses.
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