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Rivers Govt seeks cheaper natural gas delivery to consumers

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The Rivers State Government has said its Gas Master Plan is being implemented to deliver natural gas that is safer and cheaper to consumers.

The Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Dr. Peter Medee, disclosed that there have been massive investments in the sector, noting that most companies in the state are already making use of industrial gas provided by gas companies domiciled in the state.

He noted that an underground gas pipeline, which runs from Trans-Amadi to the Nigeria Port Authority in Abonnema Wharf area, is also being expanded to the reclamation area in the town axis of Port Harcourt to enhance gas production.

Medee added that efforts are also being made to extend the pipeline to Choba and Greater Port Harcourt areas in Ikwere Local Government Area of Rivers state.

According to him, the moves would catalyze rapid industrial development and enhance the state’s economy and as well, improve employment and reduce joblessness in the region.

He said: “We have two franchise areas in Rivers state from the Rivers state Gas Master Plan. One of the franchise areas is being handled by Central Horizon Gas Company (CHGC). As a Special Purpose Vehicle set up to develop natural gas distribution infrastructure to enable energy access to industrial and commercial consumers in the Trans-Amadi Industrial Area of Port Harcourt, Greater Port Harcourt Area, and Reclamation Road amongst others, CHGC has developed, owns and operates a 17km gas distribution network that has a throughput capacity of 50 Million Standard Cubic Feet per Day (mmscfd) and currently serves industrial customers such as BUA.”

The Commissioner however appealed to more companies in the state to start making use of the industrial gas, which he believed will create enough market for investors in the sector.

On the Challenges in the gas sector, Medee said the illegal activities in the use of LPG have posed serious challenges in the sector.

He said most of the activities in the gas sector are in the Exclusive Legislative list, as there is little the state government can do in terms of regulation, but vowed to ensure sanity in the industry.

Medee further called for more investors to take advantage of opportunities within the industrial sector in the state.

He said: “Prospective investors should begin to come to Rivers State because until I told you now you would not know that there is a State Gas Master Plan, which the Governor is doing his best to ensure that it is working, I can list the number of companies in Rivers State that are using gas from the Rivers State Gas Master Plan.

“So, we are calling investors to come into Rivers State because with the gas sector they can produce at a very lower cost, and be able to deliver not just the product that will now add to the increase in the GDP of the state but also will create a lot of jobs,” he added.


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