Bauchi set to be­come re­gional en­ergy hub with gas find

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Daniel Adugbo

One hun­dred bil­lion stan­dard cu­bic feet of gas which could last be­tween 25 and 30 years and power the Yankari power sta­tion has been dis­cov­ered in the Kol­mani oil well near the Yankari Game Re­serve in Bauchi State, mak­ing the state the prospec­tive en­ergy hub of north­ern Nigeria, Gover­nor Isa Yuguda said yes­ter­day.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the people of the state on the find, Yuguda said it would trans­form so­cio-eco­nomic life in the en­tire re­gion and ex­pressed the hope that fur­ther ex­plo­ration ac­tiv­i­ties could lead to the dis­cov­ery of oil which would make the es­tab­lish­ment of a re­fin­ery rel­e­vant in the state.

He said: “The re­serve is about a hun­dred bil­lion SCUF (Stan­dard Cu­bic Feet) which can last be­tween 25 and 30 years. Additional ex­ploratory ac­tiv­i­ties will be car­ried out in the Kol­mani fields which will re­sult in additional re­serves be­ing dis­cov­ered. As fur­ther gas re­serves are dis­cov­ered, it means that our tar­get of pro­duc­ing 2000 megawatts of power at the Yankari power plant by 2017 can be ex­ceeded. And from that gas field you can do two or three ma­jor gas projects for power gen­er­a­tion, for petro­chem­i­cals as well as for fer­til­izer pro­duc­tion.”

Kol­mani is OPL 809 which was given to the New Nige­rian De­vel­op­ment Com­pany [NNDC] by the Min­istry of Petroleum Re­sources to do a Joint Ven­ture with NNPC. Ex­ten­sive ex­plo­ration work re­cently dis­cov­ered that OPL 809 con­tains a sub­stan­tial quan­tity of nat­u­ral gas, Yuguda said. The gover­nor last week col­lected the Yankari power plant’s li­cense from the Nigeria Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion [NEFC] in Abuja.

“The Yankari Power Plant is a dual-fuel fa­cil­ity that can run on both nat­u­ral gas and fuel oil. So once Kol­mani can be brought into pro­duc­tion, we can use that to power Yankari be­yond the 135 megawatts cur­rently planned and to achieve 2000 megawatts by 2017”, he said, adding that bring­ing fuel oil from the Kaduna Re­fin­ery or re­finer­ies in Warri and Port-Har­court to power the Yankari power plant posed a ma­jor lo­gis­tic dif­fi­culty which would be eased when Kol­mani comes on stream. He said with the project, Bauchi would be able to ex­port elec­tric­ity to Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Shell Nigeria had ear­lier done some drilling in the Kol­mani River and re­ported the pres­ence of about 33 bil­lion cu­bic feet of gas con­den­sate at a depth of 2785m.

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