The federal government has appealed to the partners in the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas project to allow the transportation of third-party gas through its joint pipelines to increase gas supply to the plant.
Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, speaking during a meeting with the new Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Sefano De Leo, in Abuja, said if the NL-NG partners relaxed their rules and allowed third party supply gas to the NL-NG, the company will be able to provide gas to help ease European Union’s gas crisis.
“The issue we have with the existing NLNG Trains is that of insufficient gas supply. The partners are running out of gas and they are refusing third party to supply gas to the Trains. The partners are insisting that they can only allow third party supply gas to the plant only if they agree to supply at subsidised rates.” Sylva said.
The minister who stressed the long-standing relations between Nigeria and Italy also sought the cooperation of the Italian government in providing support for night helicopter rescue operations in the country adding that at the moment helicopters cannot fly in the night in Nigeria thus foreclosing any rescue operations at night.
He said “For us, this is a very important matter. We want to develop a 24 hours economy. We want a situation where helicopters can fly 24 hours in Nigeria”. He said
The NLNG is at present only able to produce at about 70 per cent installed capacity thus unable to meet both domestic and international gas obligations, following the refusal of the joint partners Shell, Chevron, NNPC and others, to allow third parties to transport gas through their pipelines to the NLNG Trains.