Although Nigeria has set a target of ending gas flaring by 2020, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said the country’s infrastructure gap remains a critical challenge to government’s gas commercialisation agenda.
Kachikwu, who said in an interview last month that supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), has significantly increased nationwide, noted that until potential investments in infrastructure become a reality, the opportunities in the country’s gas resources could remain elusive.
The Minister said with current investment in the 614km-40-inch Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Pipeline, Nigeria would add about 3,500 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the existing 7,000MW, and address challenges around stranded gas.
He said though the country has drastically reduced the level of gas flaring, government would have done better if the infrastructure challenge was not a barrier. Kachikwu said the sector has improved availability of gas to power plants by 16 per cent over the last two to three years, and could have done more if there was infrastructure.
Source: The Guardian