• Zero Gas Flaring by 2020?

    Nigeria ranks as one of the world’s biggest gas flare countries; flaring hundreds of billion scf of natural gas each year, and losing billions of dollars’ worth of economic potential to gas flaring. Launched in late 2016, the National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme seeks to reverse this trend by ending gas flaring by 2020. What actions are…

  • Feedback on 2016 Draft National Gas Policy

    In November 2016, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources released the draft National Gas Policy. This release was followed by a stakeholder consultation to discuss and to deliberate on the feedback received from industry players. What issues were raised during the consultation? Which major actions and resolutions were reached? And what matters are still left hanging? This article…

  • Review of the Draft Nigeria National Gas Policy

    The draft Nigerian National Gas Policy (NNGP) is a long awaited document, essential for a country that has so far not been able to establish any viable legal and regulatory frameworks for natural gas, and that has regressed in the entire petroleum (crude oil and natural gas) sector for decades thanks to a lack of policy direction…

  • Draft 2016 National Gas Policy for Review

    Given the shortcomings of the Nigerian Gas Masterplan of 2008, the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has drafted a new National Gas Policy to help grow and transform the country’s gas sector. This article outlines key elements of the draft Policy and enjoins readers to make comments, which the Nigerian Economic Summit…

  • Why Gas Flaring? – The Industry Perspective

    Daily, huge economic value is lost from billions of cubic feet of natural gas which are being flared from oil mining sites in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region. These are gas volumes that could potentially power homes, communities and industrial estates. In this interview, Babs Omotowa, the outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Liquefied…

  • The Dominance of Super Majors in the Nigerian Gas Industry

    In this article, Japheth Omojuwa x-rays the oligopolistic structure of the Nigerian gas industry, highlighting ways in which the super majors – a handful of large and powerful multinational oil and gas firms – have dominated the market, at the expense of progress in Nigeria’s energy and power sectors.

  • Gas Flaring and the Elusive Nature of Environmental Justice in Nigeria

    Every sixty seconds in the Niger Delta, 600 Mscf of natural gas is flared, releasing an estimated 12 tonnes of toxic gases into the environment. Gas flaring in Nigeria is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions and by extension global warming and climate change. Its impact on surrounding communities, however, remains its most devastating effect.

  • How far can gas take Nigeria’s electricity sector?

    How much electricity can Nigeria’s gas produce? For how many years? In this interview, energy expert Professor Abubakar Sambo beams the spotlight on Nigeria’s gas reserves, the current rate of gas utilisation and the relevant gas infrastructure, pointing out that gas is a finite resource like oil.

  • Bye Bye Grid - Gas for Captive Generation

    Nigeria’s gas reserves have the potential to generate at least 30,000 megawatt of electricity, but the national grid in its current state can only take a small fraction of this power. In this interview, Dayo Adeshina, President of the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA), discusses the potential of LPG to generate much-needed power for Nigerians in…

  • Captive Gas Generation in Lekki

    In a country in which the national power grid is dominated by electricity generated from gas-fired power plants, one can expect gas-driven grids to be a norm. How about gas mini grids? How common are they in Nigeria? What are they typically like and under what arrangements are they being run? This article provides a peep into…


Natural gas is a hydrocarbon. It is a naturally-occurring, highly flammable gas, consisting mainly of methane. In underground rock formations where natural gas is found, it sometimes occurs alongside crude oil or petroleum. However, in many other cases, gas exists alone in gas fields. Indeed Nigeria has been described as being more of a gas region than an oil region, with nationally proven reserves estimated at more than 180 trillion cubic feet; although some sources have hinted potential reserves of as much as 600 trillion cubic feet. Conservative figures put the electricity potential of these reserves at 40,000MW over 60 years – then the known reserves would be finished. Currently, more than two thirds of Nigeria’s on-grid electricity is generated from gas. Compared to the many generators – which provide more electricity than the national grid altogether – gas is a cleaner fossil fuel.