Federal Government has concluded plans to increase the country’s generation capacity to 15,000 megawatts, MW to end epileptic power supply adding that the target is to consolidate recent success recorded with a new peak generation of 4,656MW.
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu stated this at the National Association of Energy Correspondents, NAEC, Annual August Conference held in Lagos recently explained that the strategic intent is to deploy natural gas as a dominant fuel for power generation. He added that the immediate objective is to attain at least a five-fold increase in gas-fired generation capacity.
Kachikwu also encouraged the International Oil Companies, IOCs to build gas-fired power plants such as the Joint Venture, JV, Independent Power Plants,IPPs, located at Afam VI operated by Shell and Okpai-Kwale operated by ENI among others.
“Gas-fired power generation has been the primary driver of worldwide incremental gas demand. This growth was driven by two key factors which are the increasing electricity demand fuelled by economic growth and the replacement of an aging coal-fleet in Europe and North America,” he said.
The GMD, who was represented by the acting Managing Director of National Engineering and Technical Company Limited, NETCO Mrs. Bola Ashafa said that Nigeria is rich in gas resources with a substantial gas reserves currently estimated at over 180tcf and its potential as a major global gas supply and utilisation hub is very high.
According to her, Nigeria is one of the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that has a significant domestic gas industry whose infrastructure is inadequate for a country with its reserves and population.
However, he stated that NNPC is already poised to significantly improve gas utilisation to forestall crisis, adding that they have grown from about 700mscfd in 2012 to 1bcfd per day of domestic gas production currently.
Kachikwu who stated that daily gas volume of 3.5bcfd could support close to 16GW of electricity, noted that emphasis has been placed on the development of gas such that additional volumes are being pushed to the domestic market.
“Existing gas pipeline infrastructure was inadequate in capacity and reach for the current and projected demand growth; lack of connectivity between East and West coupled with limited throughput capacity severely constrained supplies.
Likewise, scope existed to further leverage synergies in the development of upstream gas processing plants and attracts third party investment. Most of the domestic midstream gas treatment facilities often had no provision for full liquids extraction,” he said.

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