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Our target is to end gas flaring by 2025—Minister

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva has averred that the nation’s central target is to end gas flaring by 2025.

Speaking Monday at a Public Hearing on gas flaring organised by the House of Representatives on Monday in Abuja, he noted that the public hearing was an opportunity to update the records and to bring stakeholders up to speed.

According to him, the elimination of gas flaring was an issue the ministry was taking seriously, saying that the ministry was committed to achieving the global consensus on elimination of gas flaring by 2025.

“Today, we have actually reduced gas flaring significantly to a very minimal level of eight per cent.

“If you all recall, in 2020, the ministry of petroleum started what we call the National Gas Expansion Programme and we declared year 2020 as the year of gas.

“At the beginning of this year, we also declared year 2021 the beginning of the gas decade. We believe that with all the programmes we have in place, we are on course to achieving complete elimination of gas flaring by year 2025,” he said.

The minister recalled that in December 2020, the ministry rolled out a gas penetration programme.

Sylva said that the ministry was aggressively pursuing it to attain total elimination and utilisation of gas that was being flared today.