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Fed Govt urges South Africa to invest in gas sector

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The Federal Government, yesterday, advised South African government to explore investment opportunities in the nation’s oil and gas sector for growth.

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Director, Mr.Ladan Modecai, gave the advice at the Nigeria – South Africa Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting in Lagos.

He said the development became necessary in order to impact on the economy of South Africa and other countries in the continent.

He said the country’s oil and gas sector boasts of 50$billioin, adding that the amount is huge enough to bring about growth in African countries, including South Africa.

He said there are investment opportunities in  areas such as 37.4 trillion cubic feet,Trans-Nigeria gas pipeline project, Gas Revolution Industrial Park at Ogidigben FTZ , three power plants for additional 3.2GW capacity,licensing and  establishment of several modular refineries , collocating a refinery within Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company, rehabilitation/upgrade of the  refineries ,revamp of Liquefied Petroleum Gas  and building of new CNG plants across the country  as well as pipeline and storage tank construction.

Represented by DPR Deputy Manager, Gas Exploration and Production, Joseph Ogunsola, Modecai urged South Africa to leverage on Nigeria’s gas potentials for growth.

He said: ‘The National Gas Policy, Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Program      and Gas Network Code are key enablers in charting our path towards Optimum Gas Development and Gas-Based Industrialisation.Most of the erstwhile constraints are being addressed in a holistic manner  through  government policies, reforms, and gas monetisation drive.Hitherto, absence of robust legislative, physical and commercial structures for gas and mono product nature of economy have militated against the achievement of gas utilization.’’

He emphasized the need for stakeholders in the nation’s economy to shun blame blame game over the lingering incidence of gas flaring in the country,saying  Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Program remains the best panacea to stop flaring in Nigeria

He further said  that  over 170 flare locations spread across the Niger Delta ,reiterated that achieving zero flares in Nigeria by 2020 will require up to USD 3 billion in investments.He added that the Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Programme (NGFCP) will  ensure positive impact to communities in the Niger Delta  and monetize wasted gas resources in Nigeria

According to him:’’Elimination of flared gas is a win for all parties across Nigeria .There is need to  Promote collaboration between private, public, and social sectors  with a view to ensuring a  commercially viable investments with positive returns  and minimise government’s  action to streamline implementation’’

He reiterated  Federal Government’s aspirations  to grow oil and gas  reserves  to 40 billion barrels  and 200 trillion cubic feet  by 2020  and  promote domestic gas supply sufficiency in the country.

In his remarks, Country Manager,Nigeria,Sasol Chemicals ,Oscar Mdluli,emphasized the need for Nigeria to  make  the abundance of its gas potential centerpiece of its economic growth.He also  lauded the  roles the DPR is playing  in  repositioning   the country’s gas secto

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