SPDC to expand Oben Gas plant in Nigeria

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The Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc has shut down the Oben Gas Plant in Nigeria for a period of ten days for the reasons of expanding the unit by installing 2 x 75 mmscf/d units into the company’s existing gas plant to boost its daily gas supply to the national grid.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Petroleum, operators of NPDC Mr. Austin Avuru, the shutdown will last up to 5th of March 2015.

The factory shutdown has lead to power generation capacity fall by 135mscf of gas per day, which is equivalent to 528MW of power. However, Seplat Company will retain the 60mmscf of gas from its Sapele node since the supply from Oben node will not be available throughout the shut down period.

The company is a joint venture between the company and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

“Post tie-in operation, SEPLAT will have a single homogenous plant consisting of 2 by 45 MMSCF and 2 by75 MMSCF trains and will be able to deliver 240MMSCF/D WAGP (West African Gas Pipeline) specification gas post-commissioning, from the Oben node. This facility expansion and upgrades will bring the company’s overall daily gas production capacity to slightly over 300mmscf/d,” Mr. Austin Avuru said.

Of Late, the company has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministries of Petroleum Resources and Power, in conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the National Electricity Regulatory commission (NERC) as well as NNPC, and Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited in order to supply gas in the country.

“The Company’s investment to develop its gas infrastructure buttresses our commitment to boost gas supply to the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and support the Federal Government’s commitment to the reform of the Power Sector.”