By Ndubuisi Micheal Obineme
Abuja – Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) has said that the Train 7 project will provide more local content opportunities to further the development of the country’s local capacity and businesses.
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Engr. Tony Attah, made this known while making a spotlight presentation on the Train 7 project, titled “Train 7 – Strengthening Nigeria’s Position Among the World’s Largest LNG Exporters”, at the 20th edition of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja.
Attah was represented by the General Manager – External Relations, Mrs Eyono Fatai-Williams, said that Train 7 will provide 100 per cent in-country execution of construction works, fabrications and major procurements.
He encouraged Nigerian oil and gas service companies to take advantage of the enormous opportunities that the project present, promising that there will more opportunities with Train 8 and beyond.
In his words, “The Train 7 project will set the record in Nigerian local content capacity development for the years to come.
“I therefore enjoin all prospective players and service companies to key into the various aspect of this project, because the opportunities are huge and exponential.
“There will be opportunities in construction, in cable, in different areas. Riding on the back of Train 7, the prospects for more growth with Train 8 and beyond seem bright as the company’s cores are focused on gas through the gas agenda.”
According to him, the Final Investment Decision (FID) for Train 7 was taken in December 2019 by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France (15%), and Eni International N.A. N.V. S.àr.l (10.4%).
The FID was followed by the signing of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contracts in May 2020, for the project with the SCD JV Consortium, comprising affiliates of Saipem, Chiyoda and Daewoo.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on June 15, 2021, flagged off the commencement of construction work on the project. The project is expected to increase NLNG’s current six-train plant capacity by about 35% from an extant 22 million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) to 30 MTPA.
The project is expected to be completed within five years from the start of construction.
As part of its commitment to Nigerian content, NLNG recently signed 10-year LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) with three Nigerian offtakers for the domestic supply of over 1 million Tons Per Annum (MTPA) of LNG.
The SPAs were signed with Asiko Power Limited, Bridport Energy Limited, and Gas-Plus Synergy Limited who are the three offtakers for the domestic supply of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in-country.