Bauchi set to become regional energy hub with gas find
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.