The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it supplied 727 Million Standard Cubic Feet per day (mmscfd) of natural gas for power generation in August 2020, contributing 2,538MW.
The NNPC, in a press statement by Dr. Kennie Obateru, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Division, said the recently released August 2020 NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) indicated that Natural Gas production in August 2020 increased by 0.13 per cent at 236.66 Billion Cubic Feet (BCF) compared to output in July 2020; translating to an average daily production of 7,639.99mmscfd.
For the period August 2019 to August 2020, a total of 3,062.95 BCF of gas was produced representing an average daily production of 7,771.13 mmscfd during the period. Period-to-date Production from Joint Ventures (JVs), Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) contributed about 69.96 per cent, 20.26 per cent and 9.78 per cent respectively to the total national gas production.
The August 2020 MFOR indicated a total crude oil and gas export sale of $139.50 million; increasing by 64.84 per cent compared to the previous month.
The 45 per cent improvement in performance is attributed mainly to the 82 per cent growth in surplus posted by the NPDC due to sustained improvement in global market fundamentals.
The NNPC Group surplus was further enhanced by the 109 per cent increased profit by Duke Oil Incorporated as well as 75 per cent and 22 per cent reduction in deficits for the Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC) and Refineries which arose from declining costs of pipeline maintenance and corporate overheads respectively thus mitigating the effect of the increased deficits posted by some other SBUs.
The deficits are as a result of low sales volume, reduced debt collection and high average product landing cost.
In the downstream sector and to ensure continuous increased Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) supply and effective distribution across the country, a total of 0.95bn litres of PMS translating to 30.53mn liters/day was supplied for the month.
The corporation has continued to diligently monitor the daily stock of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to achieve smooth distribution of petroleum products and zero queue across the nation.
During the month under review, a total of 37 pipeline points were vandalized representing about 3 per cent increase from the 36 points recorded in July 2020.