President Muhammadu Buhari is set to inaugurate the 200million standard cubic feet per day capacity Integrated Gas Handling Facility (IGHF) and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Storage and Dispensing Unit located in Ologbo, Edo State.
The gas facility which was constructed by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the upstream exploration and production subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is designed to function as a waste-to wealth facility that converts flared gas to valuable lean gas that is LPG cum domestic cooking gas.
The project was executed after over two-million-man hours with zero casualty of workers, the managing director of NNPC, Mansur Sambo, said during pre-commissioning tour of the facility.
Sambo said that the new IGHF dispensing unit would the aid the delivery of cooking gas within the states of the country, such as Edo and Abuja or other distant places. He also noted that this would naturally bring down the cost of cooking gas in the country.
Speaking on gas flaring, Sambo said NPDC has drastically reduced the percentage of gas flaring to a minimum level far below the national average of about nine percent.
The new facility is built to process over 200mmscfd of natural gas to the standard accepted by the West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAGP), it is also able to deliver processed lean gas to the domestic market through a viable gas spur line to the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System -ELPS.
The IGHF via its LPG storage and dispensing unit, dispenses at full throughput about 330 tonnes of LPG per day which is technically equivalent to 16 standard LPG trucks or 20 tonnes, and 345 tonnes or 17 trucks of propane into the domestic gas market.
Analysts aver that the projected supply of 26, 400 cylinders of 12.5 kilograms (kg) of LPG daily to homes in Benin and its environs, will equally bridge existing supply gaps in the local LPG market.
This move will potentially force down the price of LPG in Benin and make it affordable to most people thus supporting government’s aspiration to make LPG a preferred domestic fuel source.
Locally, the facility is expected to impact on Nigeria’s power sector and domestic LPG market, in addition to progressing the fortunes of its host communities. There are nearly 350 skilled and unskilled personnel that would benefit from the facility.
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