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NLNG making steady progress towards achieving FID on Train 7 Plus

Nigeria LNG Limited, has given a clear signal at the World LNG Summit holding in Portugal, that it is making steady progress towards achieving Final Investment Decision (FID) on its Train 7 Plus (7+) project during 2018.

The company noted that the feat is becoming possible with the full support of its Board.

A statement issued by the General Manager, External Relations, Kudo Eresia-Eke, revealed that the current phase of the company’s strategic growth programme will on completion upscale NLNG’s annual production capacity from the current capacity of 22 mtpa to 30 mtpa.

Giving more insights at the Summit, Tony Attah, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited averred that “With Nigeria’s proven reserves of about 192 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and another 600 trillion cubic feet in potential, this milestone development is coming at a crucial time. I am excited about this development which would not be possible without the support of our Board and shareholders, the shared vision within our company of helping to build a better Nigeria; our core values of Integrity, Teamwork, Respect, Excellence and Caring; the commitment of our staff; and the cooperation from Government and other stakeholders including our loyal customers.

According to him, “This milestone would symbolise many things. We have consistently shown the world that NLNG is a world-class company, operating out of a globally strategic country, safely and reliably delivering clean energy to its customers. Secondly, and most importantly for Nigeria, it shows that it is time for gas; This is the time to unleash the country’s gas potentials through catalysts like Trains 7 Plus to spur socio economic transformation.

“NLNG remains a success and we are determined to sustain our status as an inspiration to Nigeria. The company has generated $90 billion in revenues as well as paid $5.5 billion in taxes to the government. The company has also has helped monetise the country’s gas resources and significantly contributed to reducing gas flaring from 65% to less than 20%,” he remarked.

Business Hilights recalls that NLNG runs an integrated plant on Bonny Island where its current six liquefaction trains share common facilities including storage tanks, shipping capacity and loading jetties with a gas intake of 3.5 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Besides, the company has so far converted over five trillion cubic feet of associated gas, which otherwise would have been flared, to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural gas liquids (NGLs) for both export and domestic use. It is Nigeria’s most significant natural gas utilization intervention to date, which is helping to preserve the environment and support Nigeria’s economic growth.

From an initial investment of about $6 billion, NLNG has grown into a $15.6 billion investment with an asset base of about $11billion.

At a stage in its transition from a 2 (two) train facility to its current 6 (six) train structure, the NLNG facility was recognised as one of the fastest growing such projects in the LNG world as well as supplier of about 13% of global market supply.

Currently, NLNG is serviced by a committed fleet of 23 LNG vessels which is the largest fleet in the sub-region. This is inclusive of six new vessels, constructed in South Korea and delivered between 2015 and 2016 as replacements for six maturing vessels within its operations inventory.

On the other hand, NLNG has contributed significantly to the domestic LPG industry, supplying some 40% of cooking gas to Nigerian homes and businesses. This intervention continues as part of strategies and initiatives.

The statement revealed that all these have been achieved with a management staff entirely made up of Nigerians and a workforce which is 95% indigenous.

On social investment programme, about $200 million has so far been spent and the company is helping to improve lives in its immediate environment on Bonny Island and elsewhere across Nigeria.

It would recalled that NLNG recently flagged off a road project in collaboration with the Nigerian Government to construct a $392 million 34 kilometre road which will connect several communities in the mainland of Nigeria’s Niger-Delta region to Bonny Island, which was hitherto only accessible by sea.

NLNG is owned by four shareholders, namely, the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (49%), Shell Gas B.V.  (25.6%), Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France (15%), and Eni International N.A. N. V. S.àr. l (10.4%).