NNPC has said over 500 million standard cubic feet of gas on a daily basis were being shut in by producers as a result of the problems in the power sector. According to the corporation, the non-evacuation of electricity has resulted in shut-in of gas producer wells, adding that this was a critical challenge for Nigeria’s gas industry.
Maikanti Baru, The Group Managing Director, NNPC, while giving his keynote address at the Nigerian Gas Association’s 11th International Conference and Exhibition in Abuja said, “it is important to point out that due to the problems in the power sector, particularly transmission and distribution, the industry is forced to shut in over 500mmscfd of gas meant for the power sector that would have generated about 2,000 megawatts of electricity.”
Baru, however, expressed hope that the new regulation and penalty on gas flaring would lead to a reduction in the volume of flared gas in Nigeria.
Electricity: Saki residents bemoan month-long outage – NAN
Some residents of Saki in Saki West Council Area of Oyo State, bemoan the unending power failure in the area as the situation was becoming worrisome and unbearable for them.
A community leader and human rights activist, Mrs Imole Dorcas, said “We have made series of efforts to solve this problem since but no result. Our power problem in Saki is an age-long one and can be traced to the 80s, we have recently written so many letters to Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), still no results. Most of our communities in Saki have even lost the few hours of supply they get to recent outage, imagine a city with huge commercial activities in perpetual darkness,” she queried.
NAN investigations revealed that areas that are mostly affected are; Sabo area, Ogboro Road, Isale Oro, Sango, Ajegunle, Medina, Challenge, Isale Adini and Igboro areas.