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FG restates determination to end gas flaring

By John Akubo, Abuja
20 December 2022   |   4:02 am
The Federal Government, through the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) and the Health, Safety, Environment and Community of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), has expressed determination to finally put an end to gas flaring.

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The Federal Government, through the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) and the Health, Safety, Environment and Community of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), has expressed determination to finally put an end to gas flaring.

It noted that this would, once and for all, guarantee environmental sanity in the oil and gas value chain in the country.

Executive Director, Health, Safety, Environment and Community of NMDPRA, Capt. John Tonlagha, said: “Regulations and guidelines have been developed in accordance with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), which are in final stages of approvals.”

He spoke at the official commissioning of the Abuja Liaison Office of Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) and end of year community sensitisation on the PIA.

Speaking on ‘The Role of NMDPRA on Zero Gas Flare and the Utilisation of Environmental Remediation Fund as Contained in the PIA’, Tonlagha said objective of the gas revolution is intended to transform Nigeria into an industrialised nation, with gas playing a major role by spurring enabling policies to launch the gas industry.

He noted: “The Nigerian Gas Master Plan (NGMP) is the blueprint designed to address growth in the domestic gas market and supply chains, to ensure availability and affordability for users, infrastructure development, long-term supply security, as well as robust legal, regulatory, and fiscal policies.

“Its actualisation is expected to stimulate economic growth, further improve Nigeria’s energy mix, drive investment and provide the much-needed jobs for our citizens in the country.

“This explains the development of gas infrastructure, like construction of the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline, as well as increasing domestic utilisation of LPG and CNG, commercialising gas flares under the National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP), developing industrial gas markets, National Domestic Gas Supply and Pricing Policy, the Nigerian National Gas Policy, the National Gas Expansion Programme and the Auto-gas policy.”

He added: “The effort towards establishing Train 7 by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas in reduction of gas flaring is also a laudable achievement. These are all ways the Federal Government has sought or attempted to articulate its desired flare down policy, as well as its keenness in strengthening the gas-to-power nexus in the country under the gas revolution.”

NUPRC chief executive, Gbenga Komolafe, commended HOSTCOM’s drive towards ensuring host communities are fully involved in actualisation of the gains of PIA 2021, while enhancing peaceful and harmonious coexistence between operators and their hosts.

Speaking on eradication of vandalism and crude oil theft, he said the commission has continued to prioritise aspects regarding integration and well being of host communities.

He said: “Evidence of our commitment to this objective can be seen in the tremendous efforts made by the commission within the first six months of its inception in generating ideas, formulating proposals, and engaging stakeholders towards formulating a navigational aid for the implementation of the Host Community Development Trust Fund (HCDT), in line with the provisions of Section 235 of the PIA 2021.

“You will recall that in the seventh month of our stewardship (June 28, 2022 precisely) the commission unveiled the Nigeria Upstream Host Communities Development Regulation and Procedure Guide.”

He indicated that PIA is a lifetime strategy that promises to bring renewed hope by ushering in far-reaching reforms backed by proper implementation strategies.