The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has committed $332 million under its commercial ventures partnership programme to attract project developments worth $3.7 billion.
Its Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote, made this known at the virtual bi-yearly Nigerian Oil & Gas Opportunity Fair (NOGOF).
According to him, partnership of the Board has been quite productive, especially in terms of value addition. For instance, the Board’s partnership with Brass Fertiliser has led to the development of a 10,000MT/day Methanol Plant and 500MMscfd gas processing plant at Odiama in Brass.
The Board is also in partnership with Rungas Group for the manufacturing of 1.2 million composite LPG cylinders yearly in Bayelsa and Lagos states; same partnership exists between the NCDMB and Butane Energy to deepen LPG utilisation in the North through the roll-out of LPG bottling plants and depots in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi, Nassarawa, Zamfara, Niger, Plateau, Gombe, Jigawa states and Abuja.
Wabote said some of the Board’s partnerships would be completed and inaugurated within the next two years, notably modular refineries in Edo and Bayelsa states.
“We shall complete and commission composite LPG cylinder manufacturing plants with combined capacity of 1.2million cylinders per annum. We shall commission three other projects dedicated to gas processing, LPG bottling, and production of base oil. We shall also commission and commence operations from our industrial parks at Odukpani and Emeyal-1 and we shall commercialise at least one R&D project and close skills gaps in under-water welding and any other core skill required in the industry,” he said.
Some of the other partnerships undertaken by the Board include the 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular Refinery at Ibigwe, Imo State and NEDO Gas Processing Company in Kwale, Delta State, for the establishment of 80 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd) gas processing plant and a 300MMscfd Kwale Gas Gathering hub.
Other investments include the development of 5,000 metric tons LPG Storage and loading terminal facility by Triansel Gas Limited in Koko, Delta State and construction of Energy Park, inclusive of a modular refinery, power plant and 40MMscfd gas processing facility at Egbokor, Edo State by Duport Midstream.
Wabote is convinced that the roll-out of new policies and enactment of laws would open new vista of opportunities for investors. He said the declaration of a “Decade of Gas” by President Muhammadu Buhari, the impending passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, the amendment of the NOGICD Act, the ratification of the AfCFTA agreement and the recently approved and gazetted Ministerial Regulations were some of the policy and regulatory-driven opportunities in the coming years.
Similarly, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, expressed the corporation’s readiness to partner potential investors towards value creation and a fair share of Return on Investment (RoI) in the exploration of frontier basins, development of upstream gas fields and financing of greenfield/brownfield additional production on de-risked assets. He assured of the opportunities that abound in gas and power infrastructure development, like expanding gas pipeline networks, development of gas based industries as well as the Integrated Power Plants (IPP).
Other areas of opportunities, he noted, to include the rehabilitation of refineries; construction of greenfield condensate refineries, as well as in the downstream sector, especially in LPG and CNG plants across the country, pipelines and storage tank construction as well as developing shipping capacity.