By Anthony Okafor
Managing Director, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), said the ongoing Assa North/Ohaji South gas development project in Imo State, southeast Nigeria will produce 600 million standard cubic feet of gas per day for the nation.
This will consequently provide an equivalent of about 2400 Megawatts, MW, of energy, which is enough to provide uninterrupted electricity to about 2.4 million households.
Okunbor made this known during the media launch of the 2019 edition of the Shell in Nigeria Briefing Notes, an annual publication detailing the activities of the business interests of the global energy giant in Nigeria covering SPDC, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) and Shell Nigeria Gas and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas.
SPDC took the final investment decision on the Assa North/Ohaji South project last December giving amajor momentum to the domestic gas aspiration of the federal government for increased power generation and industrialisation.
Giving a breakdown of the gas production, Okunbor said 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day would be processed at a new gas processing plant owned by the SPDC Joint Venture, while the remaining 300 million will go to a proposed gas processing plant by SEPLAT Petroleum.
Okunbor who is also the Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, further said: “The project would be a major game-changer in Nigeria’s quest for energy sufficiency and economic growth as we look to grow the domestic gas market.
“The SPDC and its joint venture partners – NNPC, Total and Agip – will continue to explore other areas of support for the expansion of domestic gas supply and continue to make investments under the right conditions.
On his part, SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, said Shell was transforming to a gas-oriented business and currently accounts for about 10 percent of Nigeria’s domestic gas most of which is used for power generation.