Gas pro­duc­tion leaps as NNPC records 1,858 van­dalised pipe­lines

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Stan­ley Opara

ATOTAL of 230.35 bil­lion cu­bic feet (Bcf) of nat­u­ral gas was pro­duced in the coun­try in July this year, av­er­ag­ing a daily pro­duc­tion of 7,678.17 mil­lion stan­dard cu­bic feet (mm­scfd), the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) has dis­closed.

The fig­ure rep­re­sents a 8.81 per cent in­crease over the pre­vi­ous month’s statistics. Its monthly fi­nan­cial and op­er­a­tions re­port for July 2018 said 3,084.09Bcf of the prod­uct was pro­duced in a year, rep­re­sent­ing an av­er­age daily pro­duc­tion of 7,834.62mm­scfd while the daily av­er­age sup­ply to power plants stood at 744.86mm­scfd, equiv­a­lent of 2,898 megawatts.

The sur­vey noted that 1,858 cases of van­dalised pipe­lines were recorded dur­ing the pe­riod.

The doc­u­ment pointed out that for July alone, 204 cases of pipe­line van­dal­ism were wit­nessed with 16 points ei­ther failed to be welded or rup­tured/clamped.

It also in­di­cated that 188 pipe­line points were van­dalised as against 165 recorded last month with Ibadan-mosimi ac­count­ing for 124 points or 66 per cent of the cases while AbaEnugu, PHC-ABA and other lo­ca­tions bore the rest.

A state­ment by NNPC Group Gen­eral Man­ager Group Pub­lic Af­fairs, Ndu Ughamadu, ex­plained that out­put from joint ven­tures (JVS), pro­duc­tion shar­ing con­tracts (PSCS) and Nige­rian Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (NPDC) con­trib­uted 69.38 per cent, 21.69 per cent and 8.93 per cent to to­tal na­tional gas pro­duc­tion

A fur­ther break­down shows that 127.19bcf of the prod­uct were com­mer­cialised, com­pris­ing 35.55bcf and 91.65bcf for the do­mes­tic and ex­port mar­kets.

This trans­lates to a to­tal sup­ply of 1,184.81mm­scfd and 3,055.00mm­scfd to the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets for the month, im­ply­ing that 55.98 per cent of gas was com­mer­cialised while the bal­ance of 44.02 per cent was rein­jected and used as up­stream fuel or flared.

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