FG Commissions 5.2mmscfd CNG Plant in Lagos


In its efforts to provide alternative sources of fuel for Nigerians, the federal government, has commissioned a 5.2 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) plant in Lagos.


The new plant is said to be a step towards reducing the effect of subsidy removal on petrol. It was commissioned by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo at the Isolo Industrial Area, Ilasamaja in Lagos.


While speaking at the occasion themed “From Gas to Prosperity: CNG for All,” Hon. Ekpo said it is a critical turning point in the development of affordable, sustainable, and secure energy sources in the country.


He referred to the year 2024 as a historic year for Nigerians, adding that through his courageous decision to eliminate fuel subsidies and promote the acceptability and broader use of LPG, the President has brought about fresh beginnings in the lives of Nigerians.


“Although the elimination of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidy has brought difficulties, it has also given us a once-in-a-lifetime chance to invent and adopt more economical, efficient, and sustainable energy alternatives,” the Minister said.


Ekpo said that the use of CNG as an alternative for fuel is a mature technology used globally because it is the cleanest burning fuel in terms of Nitro-oxide and soot emissions. While it can be employed to power passenger cars and city buses, CNG vehicles emit 5-10% less CO2 than comparable gasoline-powered vehicles.


Mallam Mele Kyari, the GCEO of NNPC Limited, said earlier that to maintain energy security and provide more access to CNG by the Nigerian populace, NNPC has reached a Final Investment Decision (FID) with Axxela Limited to deliver six CNG mother and service station plants and stations of 5.2 mmscfd capacity each, in selected locations spread across the six geopolitical zones, including the FCT, to ease access to bulk CNG.


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in his remark said the establishment of the CNG plant is in alignment with his vision for economic development, job creation, and industrialisation, in the State.


He said to demonstrate the resolve to champion CNG utilisation across Lagos State, the State Government has concluded plans to deploy 2,500 conversion kits and over 2,000 new CNG buses, which will start operating before the end of the year.


The Chief Executive, Presidential CNG Initiative, Engineer Michael Oluwagbemi, in his goodwill message said the plant commissioning is a testament to President Tinubu’s commitment to providing sustainable energy solutions for Nigerians.

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