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Shell partners Oyo on Industrialisation through gas

• Commissions supply to Bayelsa industrial park

AS part of its patriotic mission to industrialise Nigerian economy through Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) has struck a partnership deal with Oyo State government.

It has, similarly, awarded the contract for the supply of gas to the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board Industrial Park in Po-laku, Bayelsa State.

A statement by the Shell’s Media Relations Manager, Bamidele Odugbesan, said, the firm signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oyo State government last week, aimed at facilitating domestic gas infra-structure development in the state.

The MoU was signed at the Oyo State Government House Wednesday, September 30 by Managing Director of SNG, Ed Ubong and the state governor, Oluseyi Makinde.

The pact targets the distribution of cleaner and more reliable gas energy to industries in the state through a distribution network with potential for around 50 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, starting from the state capital, Ibadan, as the point of first entry.

The governor described the agreement with SNG as critical in the state’s efforts to boost industrialisation and enhance economic development while improving access to power for both residential and industrial areas in the state.

“We believe that the agreed terms in the MoU will lead to the signing of the Build-Operate-Own-and Transfer agreement so that businesses can begin to reap the benefits of a steady source of energy,” said Ubong.

He added that the partnership is an opportunity to further “improve domestic gas utilisation in Nigeria, enabling local industries to thrive and create employment opportunities for Nigerians.”

In a similar development, the SNG has commissioned a local contractor, Gredor Nigeria Limited, to commence construction of gas pipeline infra-structure to deliver gas to the Nigeria Content Development and Moni-toring Board (NCDMB) Industrial Park in Polaku, Bayelsa State.

Earlier in the year, Odugbesan stated that Shell had acquired the lease of one hectare of land in Polaku for the gas project which will supply gas for industries in the park and the environs. The project is expected to be de-livered within six months.

Ubong said the Polaku project would boost industrialisation in Bayelsa State and provide employment opportunity for skilled and unskilled local population in addition to directly improving internally generated reve-nues in the state.

“The project will increase the over 150 industrial and commercial customers in Nigeria who currently receive SNG’s supply of natural gas through gas infrastructure that we have built with our partners and local stake-holders,” he said.

Responding to the rapid expansion of SNG as distribution network, Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor said Shell is positioned to continue to optimise its onshore footprint while investing in gas.

“For more than 50 years, Shell has been in the forefront of the campaign to develop and monetise Nigeria’s huge gas resources. SNG continues to demonstrate leadership in this space, growing the domestic gas market and also helping to improve lives in every state it operates,” Okunbor said.

Recently, SNG completed 20 kilometres domestic gas pipeline expansion project in Abia State, connecting Agbor Hill, Osisioma and Ariaria indus-trial zones. The expansion project has enabled supply of pipeline gas to Ariaria Market Energy Solutions Limited, the Independent Power Project (IPP) consortium that provides electricity to the popular Ariaria market in Abia State. Ariaria International Market is one of the largest leather shoe-making and open stall markets in West Africa, with over 37,000 shops and an estimated one million traders.

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