FG completes 1,000km gas pipeline with another 1,870km on the way

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Determined to push enough gas to the power sector to ensure adequate generation of electricity, the Federal Government has laid and commissioned 1,000 kilometres of major gas pipelines with an additional 470km currently in construction phase, while a further 1,400km is intended for construction before the end of this year, Business Day reports.

This is coming on the heels of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)’s strategic plan to deliver 5 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (scfd) to the domestic market by 2020. The corporation says it plans to ensure that there is enough gas for the domestic market for power generation and other uses.

Confirming this in Lagos last week at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Conference, Maikanti Baru, group managing director of the NNPC, said along with the development of physical infrastructure, commercial frameworks are being put in place to support the growth of the domestic gas market.

He further said based on a projected domestic gas supply deficit of 3 billion scfd, the corporation identified seven critical gas development projects which can be delivered in the short and medium-term, to bridge the impending gas supply shortfall.