Nigeria’s Gas Production Rises

Gas production in Nigeria has gained more momentum following the completion of a key project in the Niger Delta by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited Joint Venture.

SPDC announced yesterday that production had commenced at Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2, which would help boost gas supply to the domestic market and maintain supply to export market.

Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer and largest holder of natural gas reserves on the continent, with about 187 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves and 600 Tcf of unproven gas reserves. The country, which has the ninth largest gas reserves in the world, is only the 22nd largest producer of natural gas.

The Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2 followed the success of the first phase of the Gbaran-Ubie integrated oil and gas development, which was commissioned in June 2010.

Peak production at Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2 is expected in 2019 with approximately 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, comprising about 864 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and 26,000 barrels of condensate per day, according to the SPDC.

“The latest development at Gbaran-Ubie is a powerful statement on the continuing commitment of the SPDC and our Joint Venture partners to harness Nigeria’s oil and gas resources for the benefit of the country and stakeholders,” the SPDC Managing Director and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, said.

He said the project was delivered safely through an integrated team with a significant engagement and empowerment of community service providers and Nigerian companies.