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NNPCL Emphasizes Bridging Energy Access Gap for Nigeria’s Economic Advancement

“In efforts to close Nigeria’s energy access gap, Kyari highlights NNPC Ltd’s commitment to developing essential infrastructure for oil and gas delivery, aimed at fostering prosperity for Nigerians.”

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) underscores the pivotal role of addressing the energy access deficit in fostering economic prosperity within the nation. Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd, highlighted this imperative during his keynote address at the 2024 edition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum (SPE OLEF) in Abuja.

Kyari emphasized NNPC Ltd’s commitment to developing crucial infrastructure for oil and gas delivery, aimed at propelling prosperity for Nigerians. He outlined the company’s dedication to expanding gas infrastructure across the country, targeting a substantial supply volume to bolster the domestic market.

Key infrastructural projects such as the Obiafu/Obrikom/Oben (OB3) and Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipelines were highlighted as pivotal endeavors to fortify the nation’s gas supply network. Additionally, on the international front, NNPC Ltd is actively involved in expanding gas supply to global markets, notably through projects like the NLNG Train 7 and initiatives for floating LNG.

Kyari urged support for leveraging Nigeria’s abundant gas resources to drive economic growth, stressing the necessity to bridge gaps in electricity access and clean cooking fuel. He assured stakeholders of President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to the gas revolution, underlining government support for these initiatives.

Engr. Salahuddeen Tahir, Chairperson of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council, echoed the significance of energy in modern society, highlighting its role in facilitating essential services. Tahir emphasized the importance of developing a diversified and sustainable energy transportation system to mitigate climate change and enhance energy security.

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The SPE OLEF, now in its 24th edition since its inception in 1991, remains dedicated to shaping Nigeria’s oil and gas industry policies. The forum serves to commemorate the historic commercial oil discovery in Nigeria by Shell D’Arcy at Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, in 1956, contributing to the nation’s energy discourse and development.