Domestic LPG Consumption: Nigeria reaches 1 Million MT Threshold
By Ikenna Omeje
The domestic consumption of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), also known as cooking gas in Nigeria, exceeded one million Metric Tonnes in 2020 – the first time in the nation’s history, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has said.
The Executive Secretary of the PPPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu, disclosed this in a statement signed by him, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
“Nigeria consumed 840,594.37 MT LPG in 2019, indicating an increase of 60.5 per cent over 635,452.061MT recorded in 2018.
“This steady and sustained pattern of growth culminating in the over one million metric tonnes of LPG domestic consumption milestone in 2020 has placed the country 1st in West Africa and one of the leading LPG consuming nations on the continent.
“With this laudable feat, the country is on track to meet the five million MT by 2022 target, set in the Nigeria Gas Policy (NGP) of 2017,” he said.
According to him, “The attainment of the one million MT domestic utilisation milestone is a testimony to the progress made so far in ensuring the provision of alternative sources of fueling to Nigerians in place of the traditional PMS, AGO and DPK.”
He further stated that the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited, had increased its allocation of LPG to the domestic market from 350, 000MT to 450, 000MT in 2021 in order to achieve its goal of providing alternative sources for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK).
“Also, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) recently commenced LPG production and load-out in its newly commissioned Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC) Oredo Gas handling facility, which has an estimated production stream of 330MT daily.
“The remarkable growth in the domestic LPG market remains largely driven by the impact of the federal government’s policies and programmes, coupled with the efforts of relevant stakeholders and regulatory bodies in the industry.
“The avowed commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, to the Gas Revolution Agenda remains the game changer and key growth driver.
“The culmination of the Year of Gas with the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) Autogas rollout, is expected to foster exponential growth within the industry as more and more Nigerians begin to embrace the utilisation of LPG/CNG as fuel for their automobiles,” he added.
Nigeria has about 203 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF) of proven gas reserves and over 600 TCF of unproven gas reserves. For years, oil and gas companies operating in the country flared gas but in 2019, the government came up with a policy framework known as Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Program (NGFCP) aimed at commercializing flared gas in the country.
Also as part of measures to deepen domestic usage of gas, the government launched National Gas Expansion Program (NGEP) in 2020, which intends to make gas the main source of energy in the country.