Nigeria Energy Dialogue partners FG on methanol energy

Nigeria Energy Dialogue partners FG on methanol energy

By Dorcas Jonah, Abuja.


The Nigeria Energy Dialogue (NED) has partnered with the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to unveil the Methanol Fuel Production Technology.


The Executive Director of NED, Frank Edozie, disclosed this at the ongoing 2023 Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Expo on Tuesday in Abuja.


Edoozie, who said the partnership was a revolution simplified by technology, said that it would also drive the country’s vision for a clean, safe and available energy.


He said that methanol was a transportable energy that could be used to power industries, rural electrification and household energy, with a multiplier effect on the economy through job creation.


“We will get our people to work, as many people need accessible energy. The beauty of it is we are talking about technology that is there.


“We will build on Brass Methanol and numerous methanol projects across the country.


“We don’t see this as an alternative; it will eventually become the main source of energy because it is green and accessible.


“The more it is deployed, the cheaper it becomes until it gets better current cost of energy,” he said.


Edozie said that the technology converted gas methanol to hydrogen fuel cells for multiple uses across the energy space in Nigeria.


The director noted that the programme was  coming at a time Nigeria was almost completing the construction of Brass Methanol plant, in partnership with Sun Hydro Energy Limited and Clean Energy Resources.


Also speaking, Dr Peter Ekweozoh, Director of Implementation, Methanol Value Chain in Nigeria, said that use of Methanol Fuel technology would assist Nigeria to achieve its obligations under the Paris Agreement.


Ekweozoh said that the project would reduce global warming in various sectors of the economy by reducing hydrocarbon emission footprints.


“This technology will help to improve our transportation system because we are going to use hydrogen fuel cells or methanol, which has low carbon footprints, to drive vehicles when fully adopted by Nigerians,’’ he said.


He said that 40 million jobs would be generated in two years from the methanol production value chain.


He said that it would also generate cheap quality affordable clean and trusted energy to power the rural areas in Nigeria.


Dr Offiong Archibong Anyanwu, Programme Director for NED, said that the project would create a platform for stakeholders in the energy sector to ensure that net-zero greenhouse gas emissions was achieved.


“The objective of this partnership is to sustained focus on the momentum that has been made on methanol in Nigeria, and this will ensure cleaner source of fuel for cars, household applications and industries,’’ she said.


Anyanwu said that methanol was the future of energy, expressing the hope that the achievement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in methanol development would be sustained by the next administration.


She said that this was because methanol was already used across the system, adding that since technology was not static, it was imperative that the current government build on the momentum to develop methanol in the country.


Dr Joy Ogaji, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Power Generating Companies in Nigeria, expressed confidence in the revolutionary move to get cheaper fuel to power generation companies in Nigeria.


She said that if the methanol project was properly packaged and implemented, power generation companies would have improved access to cheaper fuel.


Joy added that it would, on the long run, aid efforts to tackle climate change and meet Nigeria’s net-zero 2060 targets.

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