Bridging energy access gap vital for Nigeria’s economic growth, says Kyari

By Tochukwu Bliss, Abuja

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

The Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPC Ltd, Mele Kyari, made this submission in a keynote address on industry operations, themed: “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.

To bridge the energy access gap in Nigeria, Mr. Kyari was quoted to have said that NNPC is working on developing the right infrastructure to deliver oil and gas to drive prosperity for Nigerians, according to a statement by the Chief Corporate Communications Officer NNPC Ltd., Olufemi Soneye

“We are committed to developing gas infrastructure across the country,” he said, stressing that the company’s commitment is 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,” he added.

He listed some of the infrastructural projects being undertaken by the NNPC 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. 

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.

On the global front, Mr. Kyari said NNPC is 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. 

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

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

Also speaking, the Chairperson, SPE Nigeria Council and Head of Asset and Investments Management, NGPIS, Salahuddeen Tahir, emphasized the critical role of energy in modern society, saying: “It’s a trigger for essential services such as transportation, heating, electricity generation, medical services, security, banking services, and communication.”

Mr. Tahir stressed the 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 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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