Shell’s 20km gas pipe­line con­nects in­dus­trial zones in Aba

Business Day (Nigeria) - - COMPANIES & MARKETS - OLU­SOLA BELLO

Shell Nige­ria Gas (SNG) has com­pleted the fi­nal phase of its 20km do­mes­tic gas pipe­line ex­pan­sion project in Abia State, con­nect­ing Ag­bor Hill, Osi­sioma and Araria in­dus­trial zones.

The project has also en­abled the sup­ply of pipe­line gas to Ari­aria Mar­ket En­ergy So­lu­tions Lim­ited, the In­de­pen­dent Power Project (IPP) con­sor­tium that pro­vides elec­tric­ity to the pop­u­lar Ari­aria mar­ket in Abia State. Ari­aria In­ter­na­tional Mar­ket is one of the largest leather shoe-mak­ing and open stall mar­kets in West Africa, with over 37,000 shops and an es­ti­mated one mil­lion traders.

Ed Ubong, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor SNG, said, “We are proud of this do­mes­tic gas in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment which al­lows the in­dus­tries in Abia to have more re­li­able and cleaner source of en­ergy. SNG is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing Nige­ria’s in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion pro­vided there is a sta­ble reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment in the do­mes­tic gas sec­tor that al­lows in­vestors re­cover their in­vest­ment .”

Also, Christo­pher Eze, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, NICEN In­dus­tries Lim­ited, a paint and plas­tics man­u­fac­turer con­nected to the pipe­line gas, said, “SNG has put life back into our in­dus­tries in Aba through the pro­vi­sion of this nat­u­ral gas line. This milestone will open up the state for an in­flux of in­vestors thereby cre­at­ing an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment that will gen­er­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youths of the State. I am sure that many in­dus­tries in Aba will quickly take ad­van­tage of this great op­por­tu­nity. Our com­pany sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ates SNG for this great feat”.

In his speech, on the the com­ple­tion of the ex­pan­sion project, Mansur Ahmed, Pres­i­dent of the Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MAN), he said, “MAN is proud of the role that Shell is play­ing in driv­ing in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion in Nige­ria through do­mes­tic gas sup­ply. In­dus­tries and man­u­fac­tur­ing plants play a key role in trans­form­ing the Nige­rian econ­omy and this project will con­nect many man­u­fac­tur­ers in Abia State, one of the na­tion’s ma­jor in­dus­trial hubs, to pipe­line gas, which is a cheaper, cleaner and more re­li­able source of en­ergy.

Ac­cord­ing to Ahmed, the gas sup­ply to the Ari­aria Mar­ket IPP would strengthen mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises in the Abia State and en­hance the op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment for man­u­fac­tur­ing to thrive.

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