About 65 million metric standard cubic feet per day of gas (mmscfd) was added to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)'s capacity last Thursday with the unveiling of the Oredo integrated gas handling facility by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Located at Edo State, Oredo field which currently supplies 65 mmscfd has increased the NPDC's total gas production to a record level of 400mmscfd with projected growth of 600mmscfd by year end.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs. Alison-Madueke said that the project is in line with the ongoing reform process in the industry designed to vigorously ensure the monetization of the nation's gas endowment through gas to power and other gas related industrialization.
The minister said that the Oredo gas project which is 100 percent local content, in both design and construction, is reflective of the federal government's desire to grow and support effective indigenous participation in the oil and gas industry.
Providing technical details of the project, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Engineer Andrew Yakubu, said the IGHF which symbolizes NNPC's response to the federal government's gas to power initiative is the first major gas development project aimed at the realization of NPDC's strategic growth plan of being an integrated oil and gas company.
The GMD said: "The Oredo gas plant is an Integrated Gas Handling Facility (IGHF) designed with a module for LPG production and other liquids' extraction facilities."