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FG to Give Priority To Gas Production, Commercialisation, Industrialisation Projects – Ekpo

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The Minister of State Petroleum Resources (Gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment in supporting private sector investments geared at unlocking the gas potential of the country.

The Minister in a meeting with delegation of promoters and officials of the Brass Petrochemical and Gas Project to be located in Bayelsa State led by its Managing Director, Chief Ben Okoye said for the overall benefit of the economy and citizens.

The Minister also tasked the management of gas producer, SPDC JV on the need to work closely with promoters of the Brass Petrochemical and Gas Project to ensure smooth supply of gas for the project in line with the aspiration of President Bola Tinubu on availability of feedstocks to drive gas based investments, commercialisation and industrialisation projects.

“The feeling of The President is that anything that has to do with gas production and commercialisation and industrialisation should be encouraged and given priority; I will like the two sectors to be more cordial,” Ekpo said.

Managing Director of the Brass Methanol project, Chief Ben Okoye informed the Minister that the team had unbundled the gas and methanol components of the project to operate as separate projects.

He assured that once approval is gotten from the Board of Brass Petrochemical, things would kickstart by March this year and that everything about the project would be completed by Q1 2027.

He said the gas pipelines have been designed to be expanded from Train one to Train 3 and even more on gas availability.

He said though the starting capacity for the Gas Plant would be 340million standard cubic feet (mmscfd), the pipeline is designed to carry 980mmscf.

Similarly, at a meeting with the Management of ExonnMobil the Minister for State, Petroleum Resources, Gas, Ekperikpe Ekpo where he tasked them to ensure the smooth supply of Gas to NLNG.

The Managing Director, ExonnMobil Nigeria, Mr. Shane Harris said the Company’s billions of investment in the country was aimed at ensuring mutual economic benefits for both parties.

Mr. Harris promised sustained collaboration to ensure the smooth supply of Gas to the Country.

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