NIPCO deepens Nigeria’s LPG market with 10,000mt plant

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Integrated oil and gas company, NIPCO Plc, has spoken of the positive impact which its 10,000 metric tons plant will have in the distribution of LPG to gas markets plants across Nigeria and servicing over 25 LPG off takers approved by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG Ltd.

Managing Director of the company, Sanjay Teotia, who declared this during the conferment of special award by Nigeria Association of LPG Marketers (NALPGAM) on the company, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, maintained that NIPCO’s storage and distribution system has always been within the context of the Annual Contract Quantity [ACQ] approved by the Nigeria LNG, which had been meticulously  followed  to the delight of all stakeholders .

Teotia spoke through the company’s Assistant General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Lawal Taofeek, at the event, which was also used to deepen LPG usage in the state.

Throwing his weight behind the NLNG for maintaining global standard in its dealings with all stakeholders, Teotia noted that the gas giant had been fair and just to all in the distribution of the product under the ACQ, which had partly contributed to the growth in the usage and utilization of the clean and smoke-free cooking fuel.

He said; “The company’s efforts in the sector is aimed at improving the gas value chain by providing avenue for storage and dispense to bottling plants owners and other ancillary operators in the LPG market . In the course of NIPCO’s intervention, the transport infrastructure and delivery system were improved upon with scores of LPG delivery trucks to bottling plants and over 60 skids inaugurated by the company across the country.

“Our plant with a combined capacity of over 10,000mt has not only served as veritable channel for storage of the product alone but also distribution to gas markets plants across the nation and  servicing  of over 25 LPG off takers approved by the Nigeria LNG Ltd.

“NIPCO’s storage and distribution system has always been within the  context of the Annual Contract Quantity [ACQ]  approved by the Nigeria LNG which had been  meticulously  followed  to the delight of all stakeholders .”

It is pertinent, according to the NIPCO’s boss, to mention that NLNG had been fair and just to all in the distribution of the product under the ACQ to all buyers which had partly contributed to the growth in the usage and utilization of the clean and smoke free cooking fuel.

“NLNG has remained a reasonable and consistent company in honoring agreement with all buyers in line with its ACQ, a feat that we are delighted upon as one of t6he key operators in the LPG sub sector of the hydrocarbon industry.

“The intervention of NLNG in the domestic LPG market since 2007 has been commendable with regularity of supplies with majority of the organization off takers taking their volumes through the PPMC jetties with its attendant cheaper logistic cost of receipt,” he said.

Reacting to the award, Teotia said; “It is a thing of joy to be part of one of the giant strides of the Nigerian Association of LPG Marketers [NALPGAM] at deepening usage of LPG as preferred cooking fuel amongst the populace and the conferment of special recognition award on NIPCO Plc.

“The sensitization programme is very apt as veritable avenue of increasing awareness  of the LPG usage as cooking energy of choice in the country taking due consideration of the abundance of the energy resource in Nigeria.

“NIPCO had been consistent in supporting awareness program in the sector to raise stakeholders’ awareness and improved safety consciousness across the country through plethora of events including printing of LPG safety pamphlets and donation of gas accessories.”

The award for the company, he added, is well appreciated, taking into consideration the reasons adduced for the recognition among the plethora of stakeholders in the sector.

NIPCO in the letter of award was adjudged to have played exemplary roles in deepening of LPG utilization/consumption in Nigeria in the areas of LPG availability, distribution, accessibility and affordability.

The National President , Barrister   Nosa Ogieva–Okunbor, and members of the Governing Council of the association noted that since the entry of the company in 2009, the face of the business is changing positively with more avenue to source the product for the benefit of end-users.

NIPCO also recalls with delight the presentation of the best LPG marketing company of the year to the company in 2017, a feat that has emboldens the organization to render selfless service to stakeholders in the sector in particular and the industry in general.

“Once again accept our congratulations for the successful hosting of stakeholders in your drive to improve LPG utilization across the country even as we assure all of our resolve to continue to promote LPG use among the populace,” he concluded.

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Group to distribute N5m free gas in A/Ibom

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The Association of LPG Marketers (NALPGAM) is set to distribute cooking gas worth over N5 million for free to low income earners in Akwa Ibom State. The president of the association, Nosa Ogieva-Okunbor, said 100 gas cylinders would be given out to First Lady Martha Emmanuel’s pet project FeYREP for onward distribution to the less privileged to deepen the use of cooking gas in the state.

Speaking yesterday in Uyo during a pre-annual general meeting press briefing, Ogieva-Okunbor said about 300 gas cylinders would be distributed randomly.

Ogieva-Okunbor said multiple taxations by government agencies remained a challenge for the industry.

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said that the average cost of refilling a five kilogramme (kg) cylinder of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) dropped to N2,028.04 in May 2019 from N2,046.53 in April, 2019.

The NBS made the disclosure in its “Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) Price Watch’’ for May released on Monday in Abuja.

The bureau said the price of refilling a five kg cylinder of cooking gas dropped by -0.90 per cent month-on-month and -2.13 per cent per cent year-on-year in the period under review.

According to the bureau, states with the highest average price for the refilling of a five kg cylinder of cooking gas were Adamawa and Bauchi (N2,500.00), Yobe (N3,375.00) and Borno (N2,342.86).

It named states with the lowest average price for the refilling of a five kg cylinder of cooking gas to include Edo (N1,714.17), Abuja (N1,675.00) and Ebonyi (N1,666.67).

Similarly, the NBS said the average price for the refilling of a 12.5 kg cylinder of cooking gas decreased in the month under review.

It said the price for refilling a 12 kg cylinder decreased by -0.79 per cent month-on-month and -1.82 per cent year-on-year to N4, 220.44 in May from N4, 253.91 in April, 2019.

According to the NBS, states with the highest average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas are Bayelsa (N4,690.00), Akwa Ibom (N4,611.67) and Enugu (N4,608.33)

It named states with the lowest average price for refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas) as Katsina (N3, 842.86), Kano (N3, 825.00) and Ekiti (N3, 806).

The NBS said that field work was done solely by more than 700 of its staff in all states of the federation, supported by supervisors who were monitored by internal and external observers.

It said that various prices were collected across the 774 Local Governments Areas across all states and the Federal Capital Territory from more than 10,000 respondents and locations.

The NBS said its audit team subsequently, conducted randomly selected verification of prices recorded.

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Osinbajo says 14m households will embrace cooking gas in the next 5 years

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The Federal Government has put measures in place to ensure that up to 13.8 million households in Nigeria embraced usage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for their cooking within the next five years.

Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo made the statement on Friday while inaugurating a landmark LPG cylinder manufacturing plant, built at Ajah, near Lagos by Techno Oil Limited.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the plant, the building of which commenced in 2015, is the largest of its type in West Africa.

“We are targeting a 40 per cent adoption rate or 13.8 million households in five years and 73 per cent adoption in 10 years or about 33.3 million households,’’ Osinbajo stated.

He said that government was also envisaging to generate up to two million jobs from the LPG sector during the tenure of this administration.

According to him, government has also set a goal to achieve five million metric tonnes of domestic, commercial and industrial LPG utilisation within the next 10 years.

He said that government was doing its utmost to harness the abundant resources in the gas sector, disclosing that the National LPG Expansion Programme had been established to achieve the goals by government in the new gas policy.

We identified that it is necessary to emphasise coordination and collaboration in promoting LPG adoption as previous attempts in achieving the goal has failed because of fragmented approach within the government.’’

Osinbajo said that progress had been made in LPG adoption with the removal of five per cent VAT from the domestic pricing of the commodity to discourage importation.

“Techno Oil’s investment auspiciously converges with our administration’s efforts to speedily diversify our economy, through domestic and indigenous solutions.

“When we came into office in 2015, one of the issues we identified was the abysmally low domestic utilisation of LPG in Nigeria.

The vice-president said that it was wrong for Nigeria to continue to rely on biomass fuels such as firewood and traditional fuels such as petrol and diesel for their domestic energy needs.

He said that biomass and other fuels were prone to giving health, environmental, economic and social challenges, ranging from carbon emissions, deforestation and high number of deaths resulting from air pollution.

“According to the World Health Organisation, the smoke from burning wood fuels is a major cause of women and children mortality in Nigeria,’’ he added.

The Executive-Vice Chairman of Techno Oil, Mrs Nkechi Obi, said that cylinder inadequacy and high cost of acquiring the facility had been taken care of with the building of the plant.

This plant has an annual production capacity of over five million cylinders of different sizes and we believe it will go a long way to boosting the LPG adoption drive in Nigeria.

“We have just two million cylinders in circulation in Nigeria at present. However, in just four months, this plant will produce one million cylinders.

“This means that we have the capacity to meet the country’s requirements and to produce for export to other West African countries,’’ Obi said.

She, however, appealed to government to provide necessary support to the company to sustain local manufacturing of the cylinders.Author: News Agency Of Nigeria Source: Pulse Nigeria

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is to open a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage and dispensing facility in Benin City, Edo State.

The facility, developed in partnership with its upstream exploration and production subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC), is part of efforts to fast track the consumption LPG, popularly called cooking gas, in the country.

NNPC’s spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, said the facility will be the largest LPG and propane storage and dispensing outfit in country.

The Managing Director of NPDC, Yusuf Matashi, said the IGHF would be a game changer for the NNPC, as both facilities (IGHF & LPG bay), when commissioned, would be a huge revenue stream for the Federal Government.

Mr Matashi said before the end of 2019, NPDC would be producing 40 per cent of Nigeria’s LPG consumption requirements.

He said the storage facility was centrally positioned in Benin City to supply LPG to consumers in Lagos, South-South; South-East and to the Northern part of the country, to grow consumption LPG consumption nationwide.

According to him, the NPDC’s production outlook for 2019/2020 was on the bright side, as the company is aggressively pursuing its drilling and field development programmes as approved by the NNPC.

Mr. Matashi also said the NPDC has maintained cordial relations with regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), apart from consistently remitting its royalties and Petroleum Profit Tax to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

He said the NPDC and its various host communities were living in peace due to the company’s commitment to sustainable community development policy.

Over time, he said the company won the confidence of the people of the Niger Delta region and would continue to build on the gains recorded.

Source: Premium Times

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Tanzania will host the Africa LPG Summit from 3-4 July at the Mlimani Conference Centre, Dar es Salaam for the second time. It was first held in Tanzania in 2016. This year’s platinum sponsor is Oryx Energies.
The 6th African LPG conference and exhibition will include a vibrant exhibition of 80 companies and a dynamic conference agenda focusing on the East African region over two days.

This event is endorsed by Petroleum Bulk Procurement Agency (PBPA) and World LPG Association (WLPGA). Entry is free and online registration is open at http://www.lpgsummit.com/africa2019

As LPG is proving itself to not only be a healthier and more environmentally friendly fuel, it is also now proving itself to be cheaper and more economic than charcoal – at almost five times cheaper.

The Summit seeks to proliferate the use of LPG at a time when it has become economically sensible for the majority of users who are still using traditional fuels to switch over to LPG. The benefits of using LPG has far reaching implications and has the potential to save the lives of millions and improve the quality of life of many millions more causing ripples that will benefit future generations like few other lifestyle changes can.

Source: Africa Logistics

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Opab Gas launches student work scheme in actualisation of SDG goals 7,8 and 17

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OPAB GAS, the first digital distributor of safe, clean, renewable and affordable gas in North Central Nigeria in line with Goal 7 of the SDGs of the United Nations, has further delved into the promotion of more SDGs towards ensuring a safer, healthier, inclusive and better environment for everyone.

Goal 8 of the SDG charges us to provide “decent work and economic growth”, and OPAB Gas is working assiduously not only for people who want to buy gas but for people who want to sell gas, or work for/with us. We are starting a program for undergrates of the University of Ilorin and Kwara State University in order to draft them into our already safe and accommodating work environment following Goal 17, so that we can effectively collaborate and work for the achievement of the SDGs. To apply simply send a pitch of not more than 250 words to opabgas@gmail.com.

Opab Gas is forever committed to the development of our community and world, and we will continue to partner and collaborate for the promotion of a better environment for everyone.

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