The Nigerian Association By Sebastine Obasi & Michael Ebohof Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE, said that incoherent policies on gas to power have hindered the much talked about gas development plan.
The President of NAPE, Mr. Chikwendu Edoziem, who said this at an
interaction with journalists in Lagos last week, also attributed
insecurity and pipeline vandalism to poor government policies and
According to Edoziem, “Lack of coherent policies on gas to power have
significantly hindered the integration and long-term investments
required to ensure the supply of gas to the power plants.
“This, together with pipeline vandalism, non-cost reflective tariff,
lack of adequate capacity to process gas and transport to gas plants are
directly responsible for the low power generation in the country.”
He blamed the government for the loss of more than N200 billion to
vandalism, saying: “Insecurity and pipeline vandalism are due, in the
main, to poor government policies and governance. It is estimated that
N200 billion has been lost to this menace in addition to loss of assets
to fire outbreaks, impact on the environment, loss of lives and
reputation of Nigeria as a mature oil and gas producing country.”
Edoziem urged government to accelerate the funding and completion of
new gas projects in the Western axis of the Niger Delta, to add about
2000 million standard cubic feet per day, MMscf/d of gas production.
He attributed the lull in oil projects to rising costs of
exploration, while advocating the provision of an enabling environment
and incentives to increase exploration opportunities especially in
high-risk frontier basins and under-explored deep high pressure high