The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture, has started producing more gas from Agbada field in the Eastern Niger Delta in support of government’s aspiration of increasing domestic gas production for manufacturing and power generation.
Some 10 million standard cubic feet of non-associated gas per day (MMscf/d), was produced from the Agbada Early Gas Production Facility (EGPF), into the eastern domestic gas network on March the eight and has already ramped up to 20MMscf/d of gas, with 1,500 barrels per day of oil.
According to the Corporate Media Relations Manager, Precious Okolobo, a peak production of 40MMscf/d is expected to be achieved, in addition to oil production of about 2,500 barrels per day. The milestone comes as SPDC JV’s Afam VI, with 650 megawatts (Mw) capacity, continues to deliver power to the national grid.
“We’re pleased to support efforts towards increasing gas supply for manufacturers and power plants,” said Toyin Olagunju, General Manager Projects, SPDC.
“We’re also pleased that the project was delivered in record time – 14 months from initiation to first gas – within budget and most importantly, safely. We acknowledge the support of NAPIMS and other JV partners, without which the milestone would not have been possible,” Olagunju added.
The additional gas will further boost gas availability on the eastern domestic gas network and will be available to enhance power generation by over 150Mw. The early gas project was initiated in January 2015 pending the completion of the main Agbada non-associated gas plant.
SPDC pioneered the production and delivery of gas to domestic consumers and export markets. Early this year, SPDC signed a gas sale agreement with the Bayelsa State Government under which it will sell gas to the Bayelsa Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC) for the purpose of power supply to the Kolo Creek gas turbine.