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NLNG joins UN group to reduce methane emissions

By Chukwuma Muanya
23 March 2023   |   3:30 am
Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited has joined the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP 2.0), a partnership coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to reduce methane emissions and improve the accuracy and transparency of methane emissions reporting. NLNG, in a statement jointly signed by the General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development,…

Philip Mshelbila

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited has joined the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP 2.0), a partnership coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to reduce methane emissions and improve the accuracy and transparency of methane emissions reporting.

NLNG, in a statement jointly signed by the General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Andy Odeh, and Head, Media Relations and Corporate Communication, Anne-Marie Palmer-Ikuku, said the move was a further step in NLNG’s commitment to decarbonisation.

According to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, the Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNEP in the last quarter of 2022, adding that the signing demonstrates the company’s commitment to reduce methane emissions from its operations as part of its decarbonisation journey.

He said the company was proudly committing to yearly reporting and phased reduction of its methane emissions, and decarbonisation, which would secure a future for the company and its stakeholders through a cleaner and greener energy mix that will include gas.

He added that NLNG was already implementing a comprehensive programme for reporting and reducing its methane emissions, utilising the latest industry technologies to track its progress and performance.

Mshelbila stated further that NLNG’s decarbonisation journey would strengthen customers’ and stakeholders’ trust in the Company’s ability to take responsibility for the environment in which it operates and its ability to remain competitive globally.

OGMP is recognised globally as the most significant voluntary initiative for companies in the oil and gas industry to systematically reduce their methane emissions and demonstrate the reduction in a credible manner to all stakeholders.

In a message to welcome NLNG, the group stated that it was excited about NLNG’s membership, as Nigeria is a significant producer of natural gas and one of the biggest contributors to Africa’s LNG production.

“OGMP 2.0 covers 55 per cent of Africa’s oil and gas production. Seventy-five per cent of all methane emissions from oil and gas companies in the continent can be mitigated – 45 per cent of them at no net cost. To meet that target, we invite other companies in the sector to follow the steps of NLNG and join OGMP 2.0,” the group stated.

NLNG is an incorporated Joint Venture (JV) owned by the Federal Government, represented by Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (49 per cent), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6 per cent), TotalEnergies Gaz & Electricite Holdings (15 per cent), and Eni International N.A. N. V. S.àr.l (10.4 per cent).