Oando Gas and Power (OGP), a subsidiary of Oando Plc, has divested its interests in captive power plants and focused on gas infrastructure expansion.
Speaking on the sideline of the just-concluded Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, the Managing Director, Mr. Bolaji Osunsanya, said: “As portfolio developers, we’ve divested from our captive power plants and aggressively focused on the expansion of our Gaslink franchise, which serves over 160 industrial and commercial customers across the Greater Lagos Area.
“Our Joint Venture subsidiary with the Rivers State government, Central Horizon Gas Company, is poised to complete an additional 9km of pipeline infrastructure within the Trans-Amadi area by the end of first quarter of this year.
“Also, our Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) entity, Gas Network Limited (GNL), which is our pioneering virtual pipeline initiative currently, delivers gas to customers within a 100km radius.”
In the medium term, Osunsanya said the firm’s five critical flanks are to ensure gas supply security, develop virtual pipelines asset stable and gas processing infrastructure. In the long term, he noted that OGP expects long-term appropriate infrastructure financing, expansion of last mile distribution infrastructure with a particular focus on regional growth.
The company, Osunsaya said, is set to take the final investment decision (FID) on its planned multi-million dollar 20 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) mini liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to be located in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, before end of June.
He said after taking the FID, construction of the facility would begin in the third quarter of the year. He said the essence of building virtual in the Ajaokuta mini-LNG is to create other ways of bringing natural gas to industrial and commercial concerns because pipeline vandalism is taking a toll on their operations.
OGP is developing LNG facility via its newly-created Transit Gas Nigeria Limited (TGNL) subsidiary in partnership with Nigerian Gas Company (NGC).
The facility is aimed at meeting the gas supply requirements for captive power plants, embedded generation, and industrial clusters in the Northern region, as well as stranded customers in the South.
Osunsanya also said the firm has developed over 260km of gas pipeline distribution network, and pioneered the development of gas infrastructure and solutions across southern Nigeria, adding that the company has divested from its captive power plants.
“OGP targets to increase gas sales levels from an average volume of 47mmscfd in 2016 to about 70mmscfd in the year. It also expects to complete and inaugurate projects, such as Greater Lagos 4 (GL4), and Central Horizon Gas Company (CHGC) expansion as well as aggressive regional expansion opportunities into Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Senegal,” he said.