Shell Nigeria Gas Limited (SNG) says it has started the construction of a huge gas plant in the commercial city of Aba, in Abia, an official said.
SNG, a subsidiary of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), said the facility would be used for the transmission and delivery of gas to its business customers in the neighbourhood.
The Managing Director of SNG, Ed Ubong, said this in a statement issued by the company’s Manager of Media Relations, Bamidele Odugbesan, in Port Harcourt on Friday.
“The Aba City Gas Plant will enable SNG to remove more impurities from natural gas as well as odorise the gas to boost supply of quality gas to end users.
“SNG is the first gas distribution company in Nigeria to adopt this technical solution that ensures plant and product integrity.
“The project is the solution to the challenges which businesses in the region face with frequent incursion of liquid into the gas pipelines.
“So, it will provide customers with top quality gas at a reduced cost,” he said.
The managing director said that the plant would produce 10 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd), adding that the gas production could be expanded to 30mmscfd.
He further said the facility would be powered with 40 megawatts gas-to-power electricity generation capacity that could also be increased to 120 megawatts.
According to Ubong, the company recently discovered the solution after detecting the leakage of Compressed Natural Gas from its pipeline network.
“The introduction of the solution enables the injection of odours into natural gas to facilitate detection in case of gas leak.
“SNG is committed to uninterrupted supply of quality gas to its customers in order to create increased business opportunities for its stakeholders.
“Our development objective remains the creation of greater positive impact in our host communities and the provision of more and cleaner energy,” he stated.
Ubong also said that SNG had recently completed a 20-kilometre gas pipeline expansion project, connecting Ogbor Hill, Osisioma and Ariaria areas in Abia.
He said that the pipeline currently supplied gas to Ariaria Market Energy Solutions Limited and the Independent Power Project (IPP) consortium which supplied electricity to the popular Ariaria market in Abia.
The leader of the project in Aba host community, Eze Onwuka thanked SNG for the facility and pledged to provide an enabling environment for the company’s smooth operation in the community.