The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said that indigenous oil and gas companies are now contributing as much as 33% to the country’s crude oil reserves and about 30% to its gas reserves.
DPR stated that Nigeria’s proven gas deposits have increased to 206.53 trillion standard cubic feet.
The Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Auwalu Sarki, made this disclosure while speaking at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit, which was held recently in Abuja.
Auwalu noted that while indigenous companies’ contribution to the reserves was less than 10 million barrels in 2005, it has grown significantly to about 62 million barrels in 2020. He attributed the growth to recent efforts being made on gas exploration in the country, especially the Decade of Gas Initiative.
“Nigeria attained the target of 200tcf of natural gas reserves by the Reserve Declaration as at Jan 1 2019, before the 2020 target. Thereafter, the government set a target to attain a Reserve Position of 2020tcf by 2030,’’ Auwalu said.
He noted further that independent companies are driving value addition to gas, adding that acquisition of divested assets, as well as accelerated appraisal and development efforts, are other driving factors, and that the country is already benefiting from the deliberate national efforts to boost indigenous participation in the sector.
The Chairman of Nigerian Gas Association and Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Gas, Ed Ubong, while speaking at the event stated that gas only accounts for 5% of Africa’s energy mix.
He said, “Nigeria is sitting on a large, huge resource base of gas, but how much gas are we producing? We are a top ten country when we talk of what we have but when you talk of what we are actually producing we begin to sit back. We are in the top 20 range.
“The gas development in Nigeria has a number of positives, over the last 30 years, we have doubled our domestic gas consumption and moved from about 200 and today in the domestic market we have close to 1.2pcf of gas flowing every day.”