NCDMB decries Nigeria’s low gas per capital penetration
The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote, has observed Nigeria is one of the lowest per capita Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consuming nations in Africa and that opportunities exist for increasing LPG penetration and utilisation in the country.
The NCDMB boss stated this in Katsina State where Butane Energy Limited, one of the gas-based businesses supported with an equity investment by the board has opened its 100 metric tonnes LPG storage and bottling plant in the Kabukawa Layout of the state.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari commissioned the project at the weekend. The new plant is to address supply constraints in the domestic LPG market in the northern part of the country through the facility’s operations/bulk storage, transportation/distribution, cylinder filling and bulk retail.
Wabote explained that the project is the first leg of its partnership with Butane Energy Limited with the other LPG bottling plants and depots to be rolled out next year.
In his remarks, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, hinted that the commissioning was directly linked to the declaration of Decade of Gas by President Muhammadu Buhari, which seeks to reinforce Nigeria’s aspiration to leverage gas resources estimated at 206 trillion cubic feet to develop the nation’s industrial, commercial and agriculture base.
Chairman of Butane Energy Limited, Isa Mohammed Inuwa, explained that the project would preserve the vegetation and discourage the use of wood to heat food, create job opportunities for the teeming youths and grow businesses profitably.