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12 Years After, NNPC, Shell, Total, other Multinationals Roll Out Gas Output Raise Plan

… As Final Investment Decision To Train 7 Project of NLNG Takes Off

 

The Final Investment Decision for the take-off of Train 7 Project of the NLNG has been announced by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the shareholders of the Nigeria LNG Ltd.

The Train 7 Project being jointly executed by stakeholders including Shell, Total and Eni, will complement the existing six-trains and raise Nigeria’s total gas production capacity from the current 22 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG to 30 million tonnes per annum, which is an increase of 35 per cent.

It also will deliver a significant local content in construction, production of cables, welding, valves, scaffolding, furniture, painting and medical, is expected to generate about 12,000 jobs.

Persecondnews reports that the project followed a string of value added programmes and strategies by the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari.

In repositioning the oil and gas industry, he articulated the TAPE Agenda of Transparency, Accountability, Performance and Excellence.

The Managing Director of NLNG Ltd, Mr Tony Attah, said in Abuja:“ Train 7 is the next big deal for Nigeria, Train 7 is real, Train 7 is here.

“If you come to Bonny Island today, you will see that early site work has commenced and we are 97 per cent prepared, just waiting to take that Final Investment Decision (FID).”

He added: “We co-created the Nigerian Content Plan, working in harmony with the agency just to understand the interpretation of the law and then co-creating how we comply.

“Overall, it’s all about consolidation and co-creating the future. I am proud to say in March 2019, we signed off the Nigerian Content Plan for Train 7 project, delivering 100 per cent Nigerian content in construction, production of cables, welding, valves, scaffolding, furniture, painting and medical.’’

“It is going to be 55 per cent of in-country engineering and procurement man-hours,” Attah said in a statement by Mr Samson Makoji, Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation.

Currently, NLNG has six trains capable of producing 22 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG, and five MTPA of Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs), that is Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) or cooking gas, and condensate – from 3.5 billion standard cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas intake.

The NLNG Train 7 which was signed in the presence of the shareholders will re-awaken activities in the nation’s oil and gas sector after years of inactivity due to project dryness.

The shareholders of the Nigeria LNG Limited include the NNPC, which holds 49 per cent shares on behalf of the Federal Government, Shell Gas B.V (SGBV), 25.6 per cent, Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France, 15 per cent stake and Eni International (N.A) N.V.S.a.r.l, 10.4 per cent stake.

With this development, companies and workers will be deployed to site to deliver the project that has been adjudged highly significant to the country’s status as a major player in the global gas market as well as to the economic development of the nation.

Earlier in March this year, the Federal Government and the shareholders had signed the Nigerian Content Plan (NCP) worth $1 billion to facilitate the actualisation of the project.

Stakeholders and industry operators have been longing for the commencement of activities in the train 7 to enable Nigeria begin reaping its short and long term benefits.

On job creation, Attah disclosed the project will generate over 12, 000 direct jobs during construction phase and in the upstream industry with multiple spin-off effects in other sectors of the economy, increasing the number of jobs that will be generated over a six-year project window.

The project, he hoped, would also help to reduce restiveness in the Niger-Delta region by providing jobs and called for more projects for the socio-economic transformation of the country.

Attah also said: “we believe the future is gas; we believe the future is bright for Nigeria. We are a gas country with some oil because in reality, we have more gas.

“With the energy transition, gas will play more actively and that is why we say let’s focus on gas. But the question is how focused is Nigeria on gas?”

On his part, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Wabote, said the Train 7 project would generate more revenue for the government with the prospect of creating about 10, 000 direct and almost 40,000 indirect jobs in the country.

“To the Nigerian economy, as you are aware, it will bring more revenue to the country; more taxes would be paid and, to the economy, it means a lot.

“To Nigerians, it also means a lot. It means creation of jobs. As you have heard, we will have about 10,000 direct jobs that will be created as a result of the Train 7 project. What that translates to is almost 40,000 indirect  jobs that would be created,” he said.

Wabote added that the Train 7 will rejuvenate the economy, saying that, a lot of upstream projects would also come up as a result of the project.

According to him, a lot would be expected in terms of activities in the economy, employment, revenue generation and ending restiveness in the Niger Delta.

Answering question on what today’s event meant to NNPC and Nigeria, Attah, said it was a further demonstration of the restored and growing confidence of international oil companies of global repute in the Nigeria’s petroleum space.

“Secondly, and clearly, this is the result of the strong and focused leadership of His Excellency President Buhari toward the deepening and expansion of oil and gas revenues needed for national development and Growth .

“Thirdly, for us in NNPC, today’s FID is the modest result of our focus and consistent commitment toward ensuring that we deliver on our promise to Nigerians as articulated in our TAPE Agenda of enhanced transparency and Accountability, as well as performance excellence.’’

He said Nigerians should continue to expect more of “value adding decisions” from the NNPC, pointing out that last week the corporation signed an agreement with Chevron on long dispute on EGTL in order to pave ways for further investment which we lead to increase in country gas monetization.

“And just a week earlier, we signed the FEED contract with Seplat on condensate refineries aimed at making Nigeria self-sufficient in gasoline and other white petroleum products productions.”

He said apart from the “prosperity lift” creating over 10, 000 direct and 40, 000  indirect jobs, it would also raise the projected revenue of the country by 20 billion dollars.

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