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Nigeria’s CNG journey has begun, and it’s irreversible, says Kyari

"There is simply no way to turn back on delivering CNG for all Nigerians" 

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The Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Limited, Mallam Mele Kyari, has declared that the drive to bring Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) closer to Nigerians has since commenced and is irreversible.

Kyari, who disclosed this on Thursday during the simultaneous commissioning of 12 CNG stations in Abuja and Lagos, said in addition to the massive deployment of CNG stations nationwide, the NNPC Ltd. and its partners would also build three Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) stations in Ajaokuta.

“There is simply no way to turn back on delivering CNG for all Nigerians. It is the right thing to do. Is it late?

“Yes, but we will make progress, we will cover the gap in order to ensure that the volatility we see with Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) does not apply to gas,” Kyari stated.

In a statement by the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NNPC Ltd., Mr. Olufemi Soneye, the GCEO commended President Bola Tinubu for providing the needed support to drive domestic gas utilization aimed at delivering cleaner and cheaper sources of energy to Nigerians.

Assuring that the NNPC Ltd. will continue to deliver more strategic gas projects for the benefit of Nigerians in line with the Presidential CNG Initiative, Kyari reaffirmed the NNPC’s determination to guarantee the nation’s energy security.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Managing Director, NNPC Retail Limited, Mr. Huub Stokman, said in the next year, NNPC Retail would have launched over 100 CNG sites, including 16 NNPC Gas Marketing and NIPCO Gas JV sites.

“CNG provides Nigeria with affordable alternatives to existing available fuel products. It will be about 40% cheaper than petrol in Nigeria, and with continued investments, it will become a significant part of our energy mix,” Stokman added.

In his remarks, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, said the commissioning of the stations will not only provide economic benefits by creating jobs and stimulating local economies; it will also significantly contribute to Nigeria’s national goals of reducing emissions and combating climate change.

On his part, the Chairman of the NNPC Board of Directors, Chief Pius Akinyelure, said increased CNG adoption will foster economic benefits by reducing fuel costs for consumers and businesses alike.

Following the removal of fuel subsidies and the declaration of the Presidential Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) initiatives, NNPC Limited has taken the lead in the deployment of auto-CNG stations across Nigeria.

Already, NNPC Gas Marketing Limited, a subsidiary of NNPC Limited, in partnership with NIPCO Gas Limited, has developed an auto-CNG rollout plan for the construction of 35  CNG stations across the various geographical zones of Nigeria.

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