Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline Construction To Begin Soon, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari with some world leaders at the 5th Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on November 29, 2019.



President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government will soon commence the construction of the 600-kilometre Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline.

Addressing the 5th Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit on Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, he noted that the project would ease the movement of gas from the Southern part of the country to the North.

The President disclosed that the viability of extending the gas pipeline to North Africa was also under consideration.

He described the theme of the Summit, ‘Natural Gas – Energy for Sustainable Development’ as most appropriate, saying the one-day meeting was “taking place at a critical juncture as global energy supply is transitioning from hydrocarbons to renewables.”

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The Energy Deficit

“The Paris Accord of 2015 signalled the first major global commitment to a deliberate effort on this inevitable transition,” President Buhari said, stressing that “Nigeria is proud to be one of the first signatories” to the historic agreement.

He further explained why Nigeria and GECF members were focusing on gas development.

“We are mindful of the energy deficit in the developing world especially, here in Africa where we have nearly 600 million people without access to modern energy,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He added, “As responsible leaders, it is our duty to preserve the environment not only for the present but for future generations.

“We can achieve this balance between our energy deficit and environmental preservation needs by developing and deploying new technologies. Although classified as fossil fuel, natural gas is a viable solution to both our energy and environmental challenges.”

President Buhari noted further that “natural gas has the added advantage of availability and affordability,” stressing that, “to fully leverage this potential, nations need to pool resources to put up trans-border and trans-regional energy infrastructure.”

According to him, Nigeria has led the way by the construction of the West Africa Gas Pipeline which runs through four West African countries.

The President commended the foresight of the founding fathers of the GECF in promoting natural gas in the global energy mix.

The summit was declared open by the host and Equatorial Guinea’s President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

President Mbasogo, in his remarks, called on members of the GECF to continue to work in harmony towards the realisation of the objectives of the multinational organisation.

Shell Relocates Gas Pipeline Across Kolo Creek Underneath River

Shell Relocates Gas Pipeline Across Kolo Creek Underneath RiverThe Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has relocated its Kolo Creek-Soku gas pipeline across Kolo River in Bayelsa from the river surface to the river bed.

A visit to the Kolo Creek Oilfield operated by SPDC shows that the gas pipeline is no longer located on the water surface across the creek.

Oil workers were seen refilling dug out sand from the creek.

SPDC had in October 2016 passed the gas pipeline above the surface of the Kolo River, hampering navigation by fishing canoes, transport boats amongst others in the channel.

The development had triggered resistance amongst environmentalists and residents affected by the blockade which compelled SPDC to remove the pipeline from the water surface and buried it under the riverbed.

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), had in its advocacy urged SPDC to bury the pipeline to protect the economic interest of residents who used the creek as transport channel and fishing activities.

Reacting to the development, Head of Field Operations at ERA/FoEN,  Mr Alagoa Morris, noted that it was a welcome development and applauded SPDC for taking steps to correct the anomaly.

“It is a positive outcome of our advocacy efforts and we commend SPDC for taking steps to come back to bury the pipeline under the river bed, it shows that we are partners to ensure that the oil industry is run in a sustainable manner.

“We always demand justice and fair play and preach the principle of ‘live and let live’, with the pipeline underneath the Kolo River, fishermen and community people who use the creek will operate while Shell carries on its business as well.

“We in the environmental rights movement are keen on complimenting and strengthening the efforts of the regulatory authorities. We are not trouble makers as some of the industry operators perceive us, we do not shout for nothing.

“When they do well we applaud and commend them, and this is a win-win situation for Shell and its host community. This action makes further protests which we planned unnecessary,” Morris said.

Also, an Environmental Scientist and development worker at Connected Development (CODE), Ms Benita Siloko, noted that she was worried about the adverse impact of crossing the pipeline on water surface when she noticed the pipeline in December 2016 during the Christmas holidays.

“I had observed the pipeline across the water surface and opted to take photographs because it looked abnormal for a channel where boats and canoes pass, I am pleasantly surprised that they have corrected the problem.

“Oil firms must understand that the welfare and economic interest of oil bearing communities count while executing their projects.

“As an environmentalist I feel happy at the development, and it shows that with the support provided by the civil society advocacy groups like ERA/FoEN our communities would be a better place to live in,” Siloko said.

Nigeria Signs Gas Pipeline Agreement With Morocco

Nigeria Signs Gas Pipeline Agreement With MoroccoAn agreement to construct a regional gas pipeline connecting Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco has been signed by the two countries.

This was the high point of a two-day working visit of King Muhammad (VI) of Morocco to Nigeria.

For two days President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting King of Morocco engaged in bilateral talks that centered on how to cement relations between Nigeria and Morocco.

With businessmen from Nigeria on one end and those from Morocco on the other, the discussions culminated to the signing of several agreements aimed at galvanizing development between them.

Government’s effort towards diversifying the economy away from oil led to the signing of the agreement on fertilizer production.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meetings, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, described the agreement on fertilizer as one that would boost agricultural production in the country.

For the gas pipeline agreement, the ministers of foreign affairs of the two countries, said that the agreement is aimed at accelerating electricity development in the region.

They also spoke on the multiple industrial opportunities for the two countries as part of the strategic vision of the two leaders.

Agreements were also signed on promotion and protection of investments, agriculture, banking, science and technology, and sustainable development.

Foreign observers have said that Nigeria and Morocco have a lot to benefit from the collaboration following the King’s visit.

King Mohammad arrived Nigeria on Thursday night and was received by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He arrived the Presidential Villa at about 1.30 pm Friday, and was received by the President and some top government officials.

Poor Power Supply Is Due To Vandalised Gas Pipeline – Power Minister

minister of powerNigeria’s Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo says the poor power supply experienced across the country is as a result of  vandalised gas pipeline, a development that cuts off gas supplies.

The minister said it took more than 7 months to fix the Escravos-Lagos pipeline that was destroyed. “It took such a long time because as you begin to fix, pressurize and test, you find out there are more leakages

“The leakages continue, so it took many cycles of fixing and testing and while that was going on there was no gas coming from those lines, but now we are back on.

“For the past weeks we have been averaging 4,1000 megawatts and that has not happened in a long time, so things are really looking up,” he noted.

On Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, The Minister said that for the first time in a long time, there had been so much synergy between the Ministry of Power and Ministry of Petroleum Resources to address the issue of gas supply.

He explained that when the NIPP projects were conceived, it was to help increase power supply but it was later discovered that there was no gas supplies to these projects. “The NIPP project is being addressed right now and efforts are being made to ensure that by the end of the year there will be gas to all the plants”.

The Minister further stated that there is gas in the east and that the government was making efforts to connect the east and west. According to him the challenge is that there is no connecting axis, a situation that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources is working hard to provide a tie in.

The Minister, however, assured Nigerians that there would be improved power supply, stating that by the end of the year, expected gas supply will come on board.

“We have an assurance from the Petroleum Resources that gas will be available to get us vastly improved power supply,” he added.

Contrary to complaints by Nigerians of poor power supply that the entire country is still experiencing six months after the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Professor Nebo said that there had been an improvement in power supply, explaining that previously, the nation was barely doing 3,5000 megawatts but the past couple of weeks has seen an increase to above 4000 megawatts.