Domestic Gas Distribution Capacity Increases By 150%

Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) Limited on Wednesday said the company had increased its domestic gas distribution capacity by 150 per

Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) Limited on Wednesday said the company had increased its domestic gas distribution capacity by 150 per cent over the last six months.

SNG spokesman, Bamidele Odugbesan, said in a statement that the increase in capacity would enable the company to distribute more than 100 million standard cubic feet of gas to businesses in its western operations daily.

According to him, the new capacity is equivalent to some 400 megawatts (MW) of gas to power.

He said that the new capacity was enabled by the construction of a second train at the Agbara/Ota Pressure Reduction and Metering Station (PRMS) in Ogun State, from where SNG supplied its first customers with gas.

“The expansion project shows the commitment of Shell to Nigeria’s industrialisation through the monetisation of Nigeria’s abundant gas resources.

“The modules for the second train were fabricated by a Nigerian company which collaborated with its foreign partners to safely execute the project without any Lost Time injuries (LTI’s).

“We are continuing the campaign for gas by discussing with various stakeholders to deepen and expand domestic gas supply to existing industrial and new manufacturing clusters in various locations in Nigeria,’’ the company’s managing director, Ed Ubong was quoted as saying in the statement.

It said that SNG’s existing gas distribution system in the three states it operates – Ogun, Abia and Rivers – had boosted manufacturing output and helped these states to grow their internally generated revenues and provided local employment opportunities.

According to the statement, in 2017, SNG executed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rivers State Government for the distribution of gas to industries in the greater Port Harcourt area and its environs.

It said that the agreement provided further opportunities for SNG to promote gas as a more reliable, cleaner and cost-effective alternative to liquid fuels in Nigeria.

“SNG has built a reputation for safety and credibility and is the only gas distribution company in Nigeria whose facility is ISO 14001 certified.

“In the course of its business, the company has implemented various development projects in the areas of its operations.

“ The company has also donated or renovated schools, provided information communications technology (ICT) centre, equipped science laboratories and launched numerous Road Safety Education and Awareness campaigns in 2016 and 2017,’’ the statement added.

SNG was established in 1998 and marked its 20th anniversary in 2018.

 

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Nigerians paid less for cooking gas in January 2018 – NBS

The average price of cooking gas in Nigeria decreased by at least 14 per cent between January 2017 and January

The average price of cooking gas in Nigeria decreased by at least 14 per cent between January 2017 and January 2018, a National Bureau of statistics, NBS, report has shown.

The report titled, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, (Cooking Gas) price watch, was published on the bureau’s website.

The average price of refilling a five kilogram cylinder decreased from N2,567 in January 2017 to N2,190 in January 2018.

In relation to the previous month, December 2017, refilling a five kilogram gas container decreased by 3.21 per cent from N2, 262.

Borno, Yobe and Gombe states had the highest average prices for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder, while Kebbi, Plateau, and Taraba states recorded the lowest average prices for January 2018.

The NBS report also showed that the average price for refilling a 12.5 kilogram cylinder decreased by 21.4 per cent to N4,327 in January 2018 from the price (N5, 508) in January 2017.

When compared to December 2017 at N4,452 the cost of refilling a 12.5 kilogram cylinder decreased by 2.81 per cent in January 2018.

Akwa Ibom, Borno, and Kogi states had the highest average prices for refilling a 12.5 kilogram cylinder with Cooking Gas, while Oyo, Sokoto and Lagos states had the lowest average prices.

Based on a zonal analysis, the North-east recorded the highest average price for refilling five kilogram cylinders with cooking gas at N2,325 and the third lowest price average for refilling 12.5 kilogram cylinders at N4,433.

The South-south had the highest average price for refilling a 12.5 kilogram cylinder with cooking gas at N4, 554 as well as the second lowest average price for refilling a five kilogram cylinders at N2,137.

The North-west had the lowest average price for refilling five kilogram cylinders at N2,126 and the second lowest price for refilling 12.5 kilogram cylinders with cooking gas at N4,095.=

Although the use of cooking gas is increasing among Nigerians, most Nigerians, especially low-income earners still use kerosene stove for cooking.

See CHARTS below:

States with the lowest price averages for refilling 12.5 kilogram cylinders

States with the highest price averages for refilling 12.5 kilogram cylinders

States with the lowest price averages for refilling 5 kilogram cylinders

States with the highest average prices for refilling 5kilogram cylinders