NLNG boosts supply of LPG, advocates railway, trucking as alternatives to shipping


The Manager, Sales Administration, Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Mr. Ahmed Joda, during a presentation at the 2017 Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) Conference, said NLNG has dedicated 350,000 metric tonnes per annum of cooking gas otherwise known as Liquefied Petroleum Gas, (LPG), to the country to ensure reliable and affordable supply, Oriental News reports.

According to him, LPG consumption is expected to grow to 1.7million tonnes per annum by 2020 if extensive intervention strategies are adopted, adding that developments in the market already support this projection. He stated that while NLNG is focusing on optimizing coastal delivery to Apapa, revamping NPMC jetties, optimizing shipping operations to reduce product shipping costs, and encouraging storage capacity development; there is need for continuous engagement of direct stakeholders (off-takers) on safety and active participation in an industry-wide LPG conversion scheme.

He stated further that currently, Lagos is the primary LPG distribution point in the country but that the Lagos port is highly congested and unable to efficiently serve as the major distribution point for the entire country. He said opening up other distribution points in parts of the country as well as developing transportation modes to other discharge points will lead to advancement of the LPG market. He suggested railways and trucking from Port Harcourt as viable options for more efficient and effective coverage of the entire country.