Delta State may by 2020 host Africa’s largest gas city in Ogidigben, Warri South West Local Government area with an estimated cost of $26 billion (N4.2 trillion), under a joint arrangement between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and some private sector investors.
The Governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who made the disclosure Monday in Warri, Delta State, at a stakeholders’ meeting, sought for the cooperation from all communities in the area to ensure that the project got underway smoothly.
The project would be located back-to-back with EGTL (Escravos Gas To Liquid) project almost similar to the one being constructed by Chevron Nigeria Limited and expected to be completed in seven years.
The project, which will occupy a land space of over 2,800 hectares, will have among other things, a refinery, a gas plant, a fertilizer processing plant and a petrochemical plant.
The plant, when completed and fully operational, is expected to provide employment for more than 2,000 persons of different skills and professional qualifications.
Uduaghan, while briefing the stakeholders, enjoined the people of the area to cooperate with the Federal Government, the NNPC and the contractors handling the project to ensure that the project got underway without hitches.
Uduaghan explained that the project would help to strengthen the economy of the state and provide employment opportunities for the people.
He also asked the people to shun negative actions and comments that may send wrong signals to the international community.
He said: “I appeal to you all to cooperate with us in ensuring that this project gets underway and is successful. We have done it with the EGTL project, so we already have a template for success. All we have to do is to activate the same template and ensure that this project is delivered on schedule”.
Uduaghan noted that the project would help to ensure that the gas being flared is also utilized rather than being wasted and used to pollute the environment.
The Group Executive Director, Gas and Power of NNPC, David Ige said the project is privately-driven, aimed at proper utilization of the nation’s hydrocarbon reserves and expanding the wealth of the country.
Ige, who commended Uduaghan for his spirited efforts in ensuring that the project remained in Delta State, appealed for necessary cooperation so that the project will be delivered within the stipulated time.
Participants at the stakeholders’ meeting expressed delight at the project, explaining that they will do all within their powers to ensure that the project goes on smoothly.
They said the benefits are enormous and that every community in the area would join hands with the State and Federal Governments to ensure that the project went on without hitches.
The communities, which cut across the Itsekiri, Ijaw and Ilaje, promised to cooperate with the government but urged that everyone should be carried along.