Nigeria Requires $15Billion To Build Gas Infrastructure In Next Three Years – Kyari


Malam Mele Kyari, NNPCL GCEO.

Nigeria needs about $15 billion within the next three years to build an in-country gas infrastructure, Mele Kyari, group chief executive officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPCL), has Said.

He spoke on Tuesday during the week at CeraWeek Conference in Houston, United States, saying that the country was building several gas trunklines for supply “within our network”.  

Said Kyari: “Of course, it is very understandable. It is NNPC that is driving forward on this situation but it is clearly understandable.

“Building the infrastructure means that upstream people can actually now produce the gas into our network.

“This synergy is working and perhaps within the next three to four years, I am sure that there will be clearly a mature in-country gas infrastructure. It is a process.

“What we see is that we probably need $10 billion to $15 billion within two to three years. That should cover the immediate gap”.

The GCEO, Added that NNPC was scaling up, looking beyond providing gas in the domestic market, and leveraging the company’s relationships and partnerships to create gas for exports.

Said he: “And of course, when you look at that, probably for another incremental $10 to $12 billion in the short-term and creating opportunities for growth subsequent times”. 

Commenting on the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline, Kyari said there was an ongoing engagement at a very advanced stage, to construct a pipeline that would pass through 13 African countries into Morocco, and subsequently into Europe. 

Offered he: “What that would do is that it will create an integration among African countries. For a number of countries which have gas resources, that collaboration will enable them have access to those pipelines and our estimate is to see a $25 billion project.

“There is a clear line of sight around financing. And then the alternative route is to pass through the centre of our country all the way to the Sahara, into Algeria, and then into Europe. And this is very clear. It is practical”.

Kyari said the country did not have issues around availability of the gas resources, adding that transporting gas via pipelines across the rewas a little slow but affordable process.

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