Nigerian Gas Minister to Deliver Keynote at AEW 2024, Following Launch of Major Gas Projects

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Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas) Ekperikpe Ekpo will deliver a keynote address at the African Energy Week (AEW): Invest in African Energy 2024 conference, taking place in Cape Town from November 4-8. Minister Ekpo’s participation follows the launch of three new gas projects in Nigeria aimed at increasing gas supply by 25%.

Launched by Nigerian President Bola Tinubu last month, the expanded AHL Gas Processing Plant, ANOH Gas Processing Plant and 23.3-km ANOG to Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben Custody Transfer Metering Station Gas Pipeline will collectively produce roughly 500 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, to be supplied to the domestic market. The realization of these projects is poised to ensure gas-fueled  growth in the country, while showcasing Nigeria as a favorable investment destination for global investors and establishing critical gas infrastructure.

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To unlock Nigeria’s immense gas potential, the country aims to gain a stronger foothold in the global marketplace and become a top-10 destination for energy investment. Last month, French multinational TotalEnergies and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced a $550-million FID for the development of the Ubeta gas field. Set to produce 350 million cubic feet of gas and 10,000 barrels of associated liquids per day once operational in 2027, the project will tap into six wells and transport gas through an 11-km pipeline to processing facilities in Obite. The African Export-Import Bank and First Bank of Nigeria signed a $200-million loan facility agreement to support client’s needs across the oil and gas, energy, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors.

Additionally, the NNPC recently signed a project development agreement with marine infrastructure company Golar LNG to deploy a floating LNG vessel in the Niger Delta region offshore Nigeria. The agreement outlines plans to monetize approximately 400-500 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and produce LNG, liquefied petroleum gas and condensate. FID for the project is expected by Q4 2024, with first gas production anticipated for 2027.

Following these major project developments, Minister Ekpo’s participation at AEW: Invest in African Energy is set to showcase Nigeria’s enabling environment, favorable investment policies and strong returns in the oil and gas sector. During the event, Minister Ekpo will affirm the Ministry’s vision for the natural gas sector, focused on expanding domestic gas usage, enhancing gas-fired generation capabilities and establishing diversified downstream industries. Recently appointed as the Co-Chairman of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Minister Ekpo is also poised to outline the role of gas exploration and development in creating jobs, upskilling the local workforce and enabling knowledge and technology transfer.

“The Chamber applauds Minister Ekpo’s unmitigated support to bringing energy to millions of Africans, while paving the way for strong socioeconomic development in Nigeria and West Africa. We are encouraged by the successes we have seen so far – including multi-million-dollar FIDs on major gas projects –  and look forward to Nigeria’s role in championing gas development at this year’s AEW conference,” states African Energy Chamber Executive Chairman, NJ Ayuk.