By Ayobami Adedinni
In order to ensure a reliable and affordable supply, Nigeria LNG limited (NLNG) has restated its commitment to continue to support growth of the LPG industry by dedicating 350,000 metric tonnes per annum of cooking gas otherwise known as Domestic LPG (DLPG) to the country.
Manager Sales Administration, Mr. Ahmed Joda made this known during a presentation titled “Unlocking Domestic LPG Investment Opportunities” at the 2017 Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) Conference which held in Lagos yesterday.
Joda who stated that the company advocates and encourages infrastructure development to ensure debottlenecking of existing receiving & storage facilities and expansion of the facilities with the construction of new ones, also revealed that Domestic LPG (DLPG)consumption is expected to grow to 1.7million Tonnes per annum by 2020 if extensive intervention strategies are adopted.
According to him, developments in the market already support this projection.
He stated that while NLNG is focusing on optimizing coastal delivery to Apapa –revamp NPMC jetties, optimizing shipping operations to reduce product shipping costs, and encouraging storage capacity development;there is need for continuous engagement of direct stakeholders (Off-takers) on safety and active participation in anindustry-wide LPG conversion scheme.
“The LPG business in Nigeria is one which has opportunities that can be harnessed in the value chain to bridge the gap.”
Currently, Lagos is the primary LPG distribution point in the country. The challenge is that the Lagos port is highly congested and unable to efficiently serve as the major distribution point for the entire country” he said.
Opening up other distribution points in parts of the country as well as developing transportation modes to other discharge points will lead to advancement of the DLPG market.
Mr. Joda said that the railway system is a viable option for more efficient and effective coverage of the entire country.
He stated that Port Harcourt offers such opportunity for expansion of the LPG distribution market to the East and North via the existing railway network. In addition, he suggested that trucking could provide limited transportation support to the business.
The NLNG manager concluded by saying that “NLNG will continue to play a leading role in policy advocacy on LPG usage/adoption, safe operations and good practice.”
Already, NLNG has committed to DLPG supply of 350ktpa, through a dedicated Vessel while advocating for infrastructure Development, and collaboration with Government and other stakeholders.