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Bridging Energy Access Gap Critical For Economy — NNPC

The Nigerian National Petro­leum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) has emphasised the critical importance of bridging the en­ergy access gap to the creation of economic prosperity of the country.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd, Mr. Mele Kyari, made this submission in a keynote address on industry op­erations with the theme, ‘Stability in the Energy Sector: Integrated Strategies for Infrastructure, Transportation and Security,’ at the 2024 edition of Society of Petroleum Engineers Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Fo­rum (SPE OLEF) held in Abuja, on Thursday.

To bridge the energy access gap in Nigeria, Kyari said NNPC Ltd was working on developing the right infrastructure to deliver oil and gas to drive prosperity for Nigerians.

“We are committed to develop­ing gas infrastructure across the country,” Kyari stated, stressing that the company’s commitment was not just a statutory require­ment of the Petroleum Industry Act, but a pledge to ensure energy security beyond fuel supply.

“We are dedicated to invest­ing in critical infrastructure to enhance economic prosperity by supplying gas to the domestic market, targeting at least 8 billion cubic meters,” Kyari added.

He listed some of the infra­structural projects being under­taken by the NNPC Ltd to help bridge the energy access gap in Nigeria to include the Obi­afu/Obrikom/Oben (OB3) and Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipelines, adding that they are designed to enhance the nation’s gas supply network.

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On the global front, Kyari said NNPC Ltd was working on expanding gas supply to the international market primarily through the NLNG Train 7 proj­ect while efforts were also being made to kick off Train 8 as well as the various floating LNG ini­tiatives.

Kyari called for support in leveraging Nigeria’s abundant gas resources for economic pros­perity, emphasising the need to bridge access gaps in electricity and clean cooking fuel.

He assured stakeholders and investors of the support of Presi­dent Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whom he said is committed to the gas revolution.

Also speaking at the event, Chairperson of the Society of Pe­troleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council and Head of Asset and In­vestments Management, NGPIS, Engr. Salahuddeen Tahir, empha­sised the critical role of energy in modern society, stating: “It’s a trigger for essential services such as transportation, heating, elec­tricity generation, medical ser­vices, security, banking services, and communication.”

Tahir said there was need to develop a diversified and sustain­able energy transportation sys­tem as a measure for mitigating climate change and enhancing energy security.

This year’s edition of the So­ciety of Petroleum Engineers Oloibiri Lecture Series and En­ergy Forum (SPE OLEF) is the 24th in the series having debuted in 1991. The forum is focused on contributing to Nigeria’s oil and gas industry policy development in commemoration of the first commercial oil discovery in Ni­geria by Shell D’Arcy at Oloibiri, Bayelsa State in 1956.

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