The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Thursday, announced an increase of 19.14 per cent in the average daily natural gas supply to power plants in April 2020, which translated to 788 millon standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd), an equivalent to power generation of 2,873 megwatts (MW). In a statement on its Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) for April, 2020, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, stated that a total of 226.51 billion Cubic Feet (BCF) of natural gas was produced in April 2020, translating to an average daily production of 7.786 BCF per day.
According to him, the figure indicated an increase of 3.73 per cent at 226.51 BCF, compared to the output in March 2020, adding that out of this figure, a total of 136.44 BCF of gas was commercialized, consisting of 36.99 BCF and 99.45 BCF for the domestic and export market, respectively Out of the 1.233 BCF per day of gas supplied to the domestic market in April 2020, Obateru explained that about 787.70 mmscfd, representing 63.88 per cent was supplied to gas-fired power plants, while the balance of 445.31mmscfd or 36.12 per cent was supplied to other industries. Similarly, he added that for the period of April 2019 to April 2020, an average of 1.184 BCF per day of gas was supplied to the domestic market, comprising an average of 677.87 mmscfd or 57.24 per cent of total, as gas supply to the power plants and 506.42 mmscfd or 42.76 per cent, as gas supply to industries. For the period of April 2019 to April 2020, Obateru revealed that a total of 3.0823 trillion standard cubic feet (TCF) of gas was produced, representing an average daily production of 7.857 BCF per day during the period. He added that period-to-date production from Joint Ventures (JVs), Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) contributed about 69.57 per cent, 21.46 per cent and 8.97 per cent respectively to the total national gas production.