The Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) has commended the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) for committing 100 per cent of the company’s LPG production to the local market.

NLPGA President, Nuhu Yakubu, in a statement, maintained that this is a major milestone coming just three months after the Company supplied its first Propane cargo into the domestic market and has developed a scheme to sustainably supply Propane for usage in cooking gas blending as well as in agro-allied, autogas, power and petrochemical sectors of the Nigerian economy to further deepen gas utilisation in Nigeria.

“The NLPGA applauds this announcement as it marks a strong commitment of NLNG to the continued growth of the domestic LPG market, which has over the years had far-reaching positive multiplier effects on the economy. Evidently, this approach will further increase the supply and utilisation of LPG in Nigeria.

“The Association shall continue to work with NLNG as it helps to build a strong economy, through its various domestic gas supply initiatives, in support of Nigeria’s quest for accelerated gas based industrialisation with the gas resources that it is abundantly endowed with. Undoubtedly, “this cements NLNG’s practical demonstration of sustained commitment to LPG supply into the domestic market, guaranteeing household energy poverty reduction,” Yakubu said.

He noted that in the past months, Nigerians have had to pay significantly more to buy cooking gas owing to supply disruptions, adding that the supply intervention move by NLNG is expected to free up more volumes, and have some cushioning effect on the high price of cooking gas, subject however to its realistic production output as determined by other factors.

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“The Association remains appreciative of the invaluable efforts of NLNG since its 2007 inception of the Domestic LPG supply programme till date, which stands tall above its peers in the discharge of corporate social responsibility. Clearly, the NLNG’s LPG supply intervention programme represents CSR at its best, because it directly addresses ‘stomach infrastructure’ imperatives of the average Nigerian. Affirmatively, no other company has done more to impact on millions of Nigerian households and families than the NLNG, through its various interventions, when it has been most needed.

“Industry records reveal that in 2007, NLNG commenced with 50,000mt/annum LPG allocation for domestic market supply and in 2007, NLNG deployed the mother and daughter vessels ship to ship arrangement at cost to the company, to guarantee volume delivery to the domestic market.

“In 2008/2009, NLNG sourced new medium gas carriers and commenced use of MGCs for more efficient LPG delivery to the domestic market and in 2008, NLNG increased LPG allocation to the domestic market from 50,000mt to 150,000mt/annum.

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“Also, in 2013, NLNG increased LPG allocation to the domestic market from 150,000mt to 250,000mt/annum and in 2016/2017, NLNG increased LPG allocation to the domestic market from 250,000mt to 350,000mt/annum.

“Furthermore, in 2019/2020, NLNG increased LPG allocation to domestic market from 350,000mt to 450,000mt/annum and in 2022, NLNG increased LPG allocation to domestic market, from 450,000mt/annum to 100% production.

“NLNG has maintained a favourable foreign exchange policy, which allows its LPG offtakers pay for its USD priced LPG cargos in Naira, at CBN official exchange rates, at a time when such generosity is no longer fashionable and also aggregate capacity of coastal storage developed since NLNG’s intervention has increased geometrically from 7000MT in 2007 to almost 100,000MT in 2021, with the attendant thousands of jobs created due to supply stability of LPG across the entire LPG value chain.

“Definitely, indeed when it comes to giving back to the society and its immediate operating community, the NLNG remains the ‘daddy’ of them all and the NLPGA will continue to engage with all stakeholders in the LPG sector and relevant government agencies to making this initiative a success for Nigerian consumers as this will further deepen the process of achieving growth and development for the sector.”