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FG begins gas flare sites verification, partners World Bank, USAID, Canada

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

The Federal Government has began thorough checking on gas fare sites across Nigeria after discovery of 178 facilities contrary to 140 on list before regulator which was in charge of the sites.

After the detected shady, the government was said to had partners foreign agents from Canada Government, World Bank and United States Agency for International Development, USAID on the verification of the sites.

The Programme Coordinator,  Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Justice Derefaka, stated that the government commenced the verification of gas flare sites across the country and ensure right record of availability.

Speaking  at the Gas Buyers’ Forum, organized by the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria,in Abuja, on Wednesday,  Derefaka hinted that the government discovered that there were at least 178 sites where gas were flared, as opposed to 140 sites listed in the past.

He mentioned that verification exercise was conducted in conjunction with the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, USAID, and the Canadian government.

According to him, the verification is still ongoing, as only 60 per cent of the expected data has been received, while the rest are being awaiting.

He explained that the essence of embarking on the verification exercise was to address issues of bankability and the need to attract investors and financiers to the gas flare commercialisation initiative.

He said that the overall idea was that the country must have a credible, measurable, attainable data that was bankable, so that it would be an investment-grade data for investors and lenders to put their money.

Derefaka noted that by the time investors see that the World Bank had done a lot of studies with the Federal Government, and the remaining sites are verified, they would come in and make investment.

“We have bankability issues, because data is very key to us. Without accurate data, gas flare data, then this programme is dead on arrival.

“What we are doing beyond the data that we have at the National Depository in DPR, is that we are going beyond what they have, and we have sent a special template we designed with the World Bank and the USAID, asking for unique data sets from the producers, and it would amaze you what we found out.

“What we know in this country is that we have 139, 140 gas flare sites, but by our verification with our partners, we found out that we have 178.

“ That in itself is not complete, because we are around 60 per cent, 40 per cent data is missing, some of the information is inaccurate. So we are doing a detailed information request in the DPR office in Lagos.

So,that we send this information and get these things back, then these things might increase.

“In this country, right now, we have 178 gas flare sites, of the 16,000 that we have globally in 19 countries,’’ he said.

He added that daily, around 755 million SCF per day was flared.

The carbon credit we would have gotten from this, the electricity we would have generated, the LPGs and the likes of those, even if they had have to go to any of the LNG trains.”

He noted that the Federal Government would soon carry out a market study, to determine what the buyers need, their appetite; the volume of gas they need, so that it can help the investors understand the needs and demands in the market.

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