Industry regulator praises Shell for gas investment in Nigeria

Shell Nigeria Gas MD Ed Ubong with NMDPRA CEO

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has applauded Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) for its deliberate and active investment in Nigeria’s critical gas infrastructure to supply gas for powering industries in key locations in the country.

During a recent visit by SNG executives, NMDPRA chief executive Farouk Ahmed said Nigeria needs accelerated gas infrastructure to deepen domestic gas distribution across the country.

Among those who met Ahmed in Abuja are SNG managing director Ed Ubong, and the general manager, Shell Energy Nigeria, Markus Hector, to discuss how to deepen investments in domestic gas operations in Nigeria.

Ahmed said, “I commend Shell Nigeria Gas for investing heavily in critical gas infrastructure to supply gas for power generation to industries.” He added that his agency was putting in place the right framework to encourage competition, competitive prices, flexibility of supply and investments in gas infrastructure.

“The Federal Government’s desire to boost infrastructure development, especially in the midstream, necessitated the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and the NMDPRA will put the necessary regulations to make business favourable to investors,” said Ahmed.

The NMDPRA helmsman encouraged SNG to continue to be transparent, responsible and to practice good corporate governance in its business dealings in the country.

Ubong highlighted that clear guidelines and regulations that support and protect investments are key in boosting investors’ confidence in the industry.

He said, “SNG currently distributes natural gas for power generation to industrial clusters around Ogun, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos States and we are currently exploring markets along the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline project for investment opportunity to take gas to industries up north of Nigeria.”

On his part, Hector commended the Federal Government for enacting the Petroleum Industry Act which he said would support the growth of the gas industry in Nigeria.

“There are vast business opportunities for Shell gas business in Nigeria and we plan to significantly expand our investment in gas distribution under the right regulatory environment,” he said.