The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said that it can supply enough gas that could generate up to 6000 megawatts (MW) of power by the second quarter of 2017 but that the power sector is presently struggling to evacuate 4,500MW due to the Distribution Companies’ (Discos) incessant rejection of allocated load.
Baru who said this in a keynote address at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Oloibiri Lecture Series in Abuja recently added that the sector is also struggling due to transmission line constraints.
The NNPC GMD who spoke on the theme, “Domestic Gas Utilization in Nigeria: From Producers to Users,” stated that the corporation had identified gas development projects with private investors that will deliver 15,000MW power generation but that the incessant attacks on gas and crude pipelines has significantly affected supply.
“I will like to use this medium to appeal to the militants in the Niger delta to stop the attack on pipeline infrastructure,” he said, adding that gas pipeline vandalism has been the most disruptive challenge to supply across the country, but more recently in the West.
“It is also a challenge in the East with recurrent breach of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) almost on a weekly basis. The result of this is major disruption of gas supply in the East impacting on three power plants at Afam belonging to NNPC/SPDC JV, PHCN and RVSG.”
Chairman, SPE Nigeria Dr. Saka Matemilola, said the conference was part of the SPE contributions to ensure that Nigeria does not forget the historic moment when oil was found in Bayelsa state in 1956.
He said that the lecture since inception in 1991 has contributed to oil and gas policy development in Nigeria and Africa and has attracted participation from the government, regulatory industry as well as key stakeholders in Africa.