Nigeria LNG Exports Reach $85b

Nigeria LNG Exports Reach $85b
Nigeria LNG Exports Reach $85b

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited, a joint venture between the government and foreign oil majors, has generated some 85 billion dollars from exports since its inception 15 years ago, the company announced late Friday, AFP reported.

"For us, it has been a success story. Between 1999 when we came on stream and now, we have realized some 85 billion dollars from exports of liquefied natural gas to buyers in Europe, America and Asia," chief executive Babs Omotowa told reporters in Lagos.

He said the company, which was set up to harness Nigeria's vast natural gas resources and produce liquefied natural gas for export, has also paid billions of dollars to the state in tax.

"Just a few days ago, we paid 1.6 billion dollars to the government as tax and this will go a long way to assist the new government in solving some of its problems," he said.

NLNGC's other shareholders are Anglo-Dutch oil major Shell, which owns 25.6%, Total LNG Nigeria, a subsidiary of French oil giant Total which owns 15%, and Italy's Eni, which has 10.4%

Omotowa said plans were afoot to expand the NLNGC plant in Finima on Bonny Island, in the oil and gas-rich southern Rivers state, by 2017.

"With six trains (production units) currently operational, plans for building Train 7 that will lift the total production capacity to 30 million metric tons per annum of LNG are currently progressing," he said.

He said Train 7 would cost an estimated 12 billion dollars, create 18,000 construction jobs and bring in an additional three billion dollars in exports when operational.

Nigeria currently exports 22 million metric tons of LNG, making it the world's fourth largest LNG exporter.

Liquefied natural gas, which is created by cooling natural gas and transforming into liquid for transport on tankers, represents around 9% of global gas demand.