Shell to Tackle Nigeria’s Power Problems with Off-Grid Renewable Energy

Shell Nigeria Plc says it will assist the Nigerian government in providing electricity for millions of people, using renewables.

Renewable energy sources include solar, wind, water and other sources that are naturally replenished. Renewable energy is different from non-renewable energy sources like coal, oil, and natural gas, which are finite and cause pollution.

Shell said it would deploy renewables as off-grid energy source to Nigerians, especially in areas not connected to the national grid.

The Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria  Limited, and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, made this disclosure while speaking at a ministerial panel session on ‘Navigating the New Energy World Order: Security, Transition and Finance’, at the 7th Nigerian International Energy Summit in Abuja.

Shell said that Africa can unlock the potential of the energy sector and drive energy security, transition and economic prosperity by embracing partnerships, technological innovation and sustainable financing, saying it required “a holistic approach that addresses efficiencies in the development of conventional energy sources which Africa has abundance of, and will depend on for now and in the nearest future.”

Okunbor, who was represented by the Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited, Elohor Aiboni, noted that international partnerships and collaborations could help in accessing best practices, advanced technologies and innovations to optimise operations and drive down emissions.

He cited the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership, which he said SPDC and SNEPCo have deployed to facilitate the monitoring and mitigation of methane emissions from their operations.

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