The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reiterated its commitment towards harnessing Nigeria’s abundant resources for the benefit of Nigerians.
It’s Group Managing Director Malam Mele Kyari disclosed this while speaking at a Gas and Power Breakfast Briefing on the sidelines of the Gas Technology Exhibition and Conference (GASTECH) held in Houston, U.S., on Thursday.
Kyari in a statement by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the spokesman for the corporation said “Nigeria is more of a gas nation than oil and for us, gas is the future.
“We have, therefore, committed to providing the necessary support required to ensure Nigeria takes its rightful place in the international gas market.
Kyari was represented at the conference by the Managing Director of the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), Dr Salihu Jamari.
While describing the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) as a very critical company for Nigeria, he appealed to prospective investors to consider investing in the organisation for the benefit of shareholders and the entire Nigerians.
“There are a lot of opportunities within Nigeria’s LNG value-chain. I would like to assure you that the NLNG is the best destination for investment,” he added.
He further said NNPC was working tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria’s abundant gas resources were utilised.
He stated that this was to fulfill government’s power aspirations by developing the gas infrastructure across the entire gas value chain and opening up the domestic gas market.
According to him, Nigeria’s approach in terms of implementing the energy mix is participatory, which in the long run, will make energy available to the citizenry.
The GMD said that the NNPC was working very hard to provide adequate capacity that would meet consumers’ demands even as it was upgrading its facilities to be able to meet up with demands both locally and abroad.
He said granting the imperative for more transparency and accountability, the corporation had a deliberate policy to improve and automate its systems and processes.
“We also have a lot of other things to consider, but we are prioritising our systems upgrade and we shall not be left behind,” Kyari added.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of the NLNG, Mr Tony Attah, shared his company’s story which he said had over the last three decades helped to make Nigeria better.
Attah observed that for the country to stay competitive in terms of cost in the global LNG market, there was the need for NLNG’s shareholders to think beyond NLNG Train 7.
He said the company was on track on attaining the Final Investment Decision (FID) on Train 7, which would see its production rise from 22mtpa to 30mtpa.
“In the next month or so, we should be able to conclude on the FID for Train 7,” Attah assured investors at the Conference.
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Alternate Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Thomas John, has called on shareholders of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) to maximize Nigeria’s abundant gas resources and generate more revenue for the nation.
John, in a statement by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the spokesman for the Corporation tasked the shareholders while speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing Gas Technology Exhibition and Conference (GASTECH) held in Houston, U.S.
“It is our hope that all the partners in the project will continue to carry the NLNG flag higher and ensure that the nation’s gas is put to good use to meet the expectations of all partners and increase the fortunes of the country,’’ he said.
He expressed delight that 30 years after the NLNG was incorporated, the project was growing fast while successive managements had been able to realise the dreams of its founding fathers.
“This is quite commendable and we look forward to seeing more progress recorded from this collaboration,” he added.
John further said that one of his first tasks as the GMD of NNPC in the 1980s was to negotiate the relocation of the Finima Community.
“I hope the current attempt to provide land for the NLNG Train 7 will equally be successful,” he observed.
NLNG is owned by four Shareholders, namely, the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France (15%), and Eni International (10.4%).
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Nigeria LNG Limited on Wednesday made a significant step toward the Final Investment Decision (FID) for its Train 7 Project.
This followed the issuance of a Letter of Intent for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract of the project to SCD JV Consortium.
Mrs Eyono Fatayi-Williams, the company’s General Manager, External Relations, said in Lagos that the contract letter was issued recently in Abuja.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that SCD JV Consortium is made up of Saipem of Italy, Japan’s Chiyoda and Daewoo of South Korea.
Fatayi-Williams said the issuance was coming on the heels of the Nigeria Content (NC) plan signed with the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
She said this also tilted on the Sept. 3 NLNG,’s submission of the summary outcome of the commercial bids evaluation for the “Train 7 Project’’ to NCDMB in line with the project certification and authorisation procedure.
According to her, the letter of intent is one of the significant step toward the realisation of “Train 7’’ and its attendant value to NLNG’s shareholders and for the benefit of the Nigerian economy.
Fatayi-Williams said the contracting process was transparent and in full compliance with all applicable laws and good industry practices.
She said that it would continue to operate its business in an open manner consistent with its core values of integrity and excellence.
Fatayi-Williams said the “Train 7 Project’’ was expected to ramp up NLNG’s production capacity by 35 per cent from 22 million Tonnes per Annum (MTPA) to around 30 MTPA.
She said the project would form part of investment of over 10 billion dollars, including the upstream scope of the LNG value chain, thereby boosting the much needed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) profile of Nigeria.
“The project is anticipated to create about 10,000 new jobs during the construction stage, and on completion, help to further diversify the revenue portfolio of the Federal Government and increase its tax base.
She said that this was in line with its corporate vision of “Helping to build a better Nigeria”, adding that the construction period after FID will last approximately four to five years.
Fatayi-Williams said that the actualisation of the “Train 7 Project’’ comes as NLNG celebrates 30 years of its incorporation and 20 years since exporting its first LNG cargo in 1999.
NLNG is owned by four Shareholders: the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49 per cent), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6 per cent), Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France (15 per cent), and Eni International N.A. N. V. S.àr. l (10.4 per cent ).
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The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (NLNG) has awarded N216 million to 12 graduates to pursue Master’s degrees at different universities in the United Kingdom.
The company’s Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Mrs Sophia Horsfall, disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement in Port Harcourt.
She quoted Mrs Eyono Fatayi-Williams, General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development of NLNG, as saying that the scholarship was aimed at providing opportunity for graduates to enable them pursue their academic dreams.
According to her, the 12 beneficiaries will each receive N18 million to pursue different academic programmes in the universities.
“The scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, travels and living expenses for all beneficiaries.
“The increasing number of students who apply and qualify for our post-primary, undergraduate and overseas post-graduate scholarship schemes shows our passion for education.
“This award of scholarship to deserving beneficiaries means that opportunity has been given to these young Nigerians to acquire specialised education in top UK universities,” she said.
The general manager also said the company had made tremendous impact on human capacity development in its host communities through the scholarship schemes.
Fatayi-Williams said the company launched the initiative to develop expertise manpower to bridge skill gaps in the nation’s oil and gas industry.
“The Master’s degree scholarship is focused on select professional courses, including, Engineering, Geosciences, Environmental Studies, Management Sciences, Information Technology, Law and Medicine.
“So far, no fewer than 66 Nigerian students have been awarded scholarship since the programme started in 2013.
“Aside this, NLNG has built and equipped the Bonny Vocational Centre (BVC) which has already bridged the gap in technical education in the country,” she added.
Fatayi-Williams said the BVC had so far trained over 400 Nigerians in different vocational and occupational skills
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The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari, has urged management of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) to look beyond the execution of the final investment decision (FID) on Train-7.
The final investment decision is billed for October 2019.
Kyari disclosed this while receiving the top-level NLNG management team, led by its Managing Director, Mr Tony Attah, at the NNPC Towers on Tuesday in Abuja.
Kyari, in a statement issued by Mr Ndu ughamadu, the NNPC Spokesman, charged the company to consider the October Train-7 FID on the project as a done deal.
He noted that the focus should be on “what else can we do beyond Train7 to expand NLNG operations?’’
Nigeria News Agency reports that the eight million tonnes per annum (MTPA) Train-7 project is designed to expand the company’s production capacity from 22 MTPA to 30 MTPA.
He assured NLNG of the unflinching commitment of the Federal Government and the NNPC management in the future expansion drive of NLNG.
“All obstacles that could impede the actualisation of the Train-7 FID project should be promptly identified and removed ahead of the October 2019 timeline,” he said.
Earlier in his presentation, Attah applauded the historic role of the NNPC in the successful midwife of NLNG 30 years ago through ‘sheer vision and sense of purpose’.
He said that the company would be relying on the usual invaluable support from the corporation to achieve the successful execution of the Train-7 FID project and lots more.
The NLNG managing director said that the project would generate 12,000 jobs, with massive boost on the nation’s economy.
NLNG dissociates self from advert on recruitment, training programme
By Desmond Ejibas
Port Harcourt, Feb. 6, 2019 (NNN) The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) on Wednesday called on the public to ignore an advert purportedly seeking and promising candidates jobs in its Train 7 project.
Mr Andy Odeh, NLNG’s Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, gave the disclaimer in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Port Harcourt.
Odeh said that the fictitious advert currently in circulation, had allegedly presented two companies to be working for the NLNG.
“The attention of the NLNG has been drawn to an oil and gas training programme organised by Almond Technical Career Development.
“The training programme in partnership with Deopel Engineering and School of Professional Mentoring and Capacity Building is allegedly for NLNG’s Train 7 project.
“The organisers, in the publicity material, alleged that the NLNG mandated consultants to organise training sessions for those interested in participating in the project.
Odeh said the organisers also claimed in the advert that participants of the training would be enlisted for employment in the database of the main Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.
“NLNG expressly dissociates itself from this training programme. NLNG is not collaborating with any company for the recruitment of personnel for its Train 7 Project.
“No company has been awarded the EPC contract for Train 7, as the selection process is still ongoing.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to take necessary steps to verify claims of persons purporting to act on behalf of NLNG,” he advised.
The spokesman further cautioned the public against making financial transactions in response to such claims, urging victims to report the incident to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
He said that the company’s website, www.nigerialng.com or www.nlng.com, as well as credible national newspapers and electronic media still remained its medium for divulging information to the public.
“NLNG expressly disclaims any liability for any losses incurred by any person or persons as a result of reliance on such fraudulent communication, emails or publications,” Odeh said. (NNN)
Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Idris Abdulrahman
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Abuja, July, 20 Nigerian novelist and satirist Elthana John has been named one of the judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that John was listed among the five-man panel announced by the organiser of the award on its website on Friday.
“Chaired by Bettany Hughes, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, the panel consists of writer, translator and president of English PEN Maureen Freely.
“Others are philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs FRSA; novelist and satirist Elnathan John; and essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra.
“ The 2019 judging panel will be looking for the best work of translated fiction, selected from entries published in the UK and Ireland between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019,”its says.
The Man Booker International Prize, which was launched in 2005, is an international literary award hosted in the United Kingdom.
The award is given annually to a single book in English translation, with a £50,000 prize for the winning title, shared equally between author and translator.
The 2018 prize was won by the Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk, and her translator, Jennifer Croft, for…., published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.
NAN reports that the Kaduna-born writer and lawyer, whose debut novel “Born on a Tuesday’, was published in 2015, has been nominated twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
In 2016, he was shortlisted for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s largest literary award, and for the Republic of Consciousness Prize in 2017, among others.
He writes a weekly satirical column for the Sunday Trust Newspaper, and speaks regularly on Nigerian literature, media and politics.
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The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) says it has received 85 entries from different people to compete in its 2018 edition of the 100,000 dollars Nigeria Prize for Science.
Mr Andy Odeh, the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager of NLNG, made this known on Monday in Lagos.
Odeh spoke while handing over the entries to Prof. Alfred Susu, the Chairman, Advisory Board for Science.
Theme of the competition is: “Innovations in Electric Power Solutions.”
Odeh said that the 2018 programme was inspiring because of the 85 entries recorded, which he said was a sharp departure from the past.
He said that there was problem of poor quality of entries in 2016, adding that the popularity of the competition had increased.
“This shows a remarkable increase in the number, which further proved the level of awareness and interest in one of the most festive science and technology prize.
“I encourage the board members and the panel of judges to uphold the vessels that brought us this far with the identification of 2018 entries.
“I assure you of the NLNG continue support to make outcome of the competition a resounding success,” he said.
Susu, in his remarks, said that the prize was a theme-based, meaning that every year, a theme which has relevance with the problem of Nigeria would be selected.
“The prize is for excellence in science to get 100,000 dollars; you must be excellent and the participants can be from anywhere in the world.
“We figure it out that any problem Nigeria has, if the solution is in other hand, they should let us know and help us, so that we can use it,” he said.
Receiving the entries, Prof. Francis Oluwole, the Chairman, Panel of Judges, said that the panel would do its best “to bring out the best and justify the trust bestowed on us’’.
Oluwole said, “The topic is a serious challenge facing the country and the panel of judges who are experts in energy sector will do justice to the entries.”
Other members of the panel are: Prof. Val Ekechukwu of Applied Solar Energy, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Prof. Abubakar Sambo, a former Director-General of Energy Commission of Nigeria.
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Dr Kudo Eresia-Eke, the NLNG’s General Manager, External Relations, disclosed this at an event to hand over the entries to panel of judges in Lagos.
“Science is a specialised field covered by specialised thoughts; research and development and these areas have aided in the invention of breakthroughs that positively affect humanity.
“The journey for the NLNG sponsored Nigeria Prize for Science is punctuated with milestones.
“One of it is the consolidation of entries and announcement that entries are no more being received; that is where we are today.
“ This year has the highest number of entries since the inception of the programme with 27 scientists competing for the prize.
“This is about 80 per cent increase from last year which recorded 16 entries.’’
According to Eresia-Eke, the theme for 2017 still remains “Innovations in Malaria Control”.
He said last year, 16 entries were generated by the same theme of Innovations in Malaria Control.
He said that not one of the 16 entries was strong enough to emerge as winner for the 2016 NLNG Prize for Science.
“As such, there was no reward because the major criterion for this award is excellence.
“But in recognition of the importance of the theme, it was decided that it be extended into 2017 because of the devastating effect of malaria, especially in Nigeria.
“The aim is to find a long-lasting solution to the scourge of malaria in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Eresia-Eke said that entry for the prize was open to scientists all over the world, irrespective of nationality.
He said that the prospective winner’s focus would be the one that had its thrust on a problem that weighed Nigeria down and also aimed at bringing a solution to it.
The Chairman of the Advisory Board, Prof. Alfred Susu stressed that prizes would only and strictly be awarded based on excellence.
According to him, some of the criteria for judging the entries will include originality and uniqueness of the idea as well as the practicability of the concept.
He said that the theme was important because malaria killed a lot of people in Nigeria, especially the vulnerable groups including children, women and pregnant women.
Prof. Catherine Falade, the Chairman of the panel of judges and a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Ibadan (UI), assured that the key indicator for choosing a winner still remained excellence and uniqueness.
Falade, who is the Director, Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, UI, said, “the judges evaluation will be thorough.’’
“The theme is apt considering our present stance in malaria control; though the rate is going down compared to what was obtainable in previous years, indicators still show high prevalence.
“There is need for proven, validated, unique and clear evidence based data to address the gaps in malaria management.
“It is only based on these that a winner can emerge,’’ Falade said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Nigeria Prize for Science, which was inaugurated in 2003, and in 2004 it produced its first winner, Prof. Alfred Susu, who is now the Chairman of the Advisory Board.
There was a five-year break in the NLNG prize for Science from 2012 to 2016 when it was resuscitated.
The prize had to go through a review as a result of the quality of entries submitted.
Consequently, the advisory board was reconstituted in 2016 to reposition the prize for better impact on living standards in the country.
One of the major changes after the review was to refocus the prize to identify societal problems that needed solving and to make meaningful impact on the lives of Nigerians.
Other changes included the expansion of participation and introduction of themes.
Members of the board are Prof. Alfred Susu, Dr Nike Akande, Prof. Barth Nnaji, Prof. Micheal Adikwu and Prof.Elijah Mshelia.
Members of the Panel of Judges are Prof. Catherine Falade, Prof. Sunday Ene-Ojo Atawodi and Prof. Obioma Nwaorgu.
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Abubakar Adam-Ibrahim, winner of the 2016 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, on Friday, urged the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for publishers in the country.
Adam-Ibrahim told the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja that though most publishing outfits were owned by private individuals, they still needed government’s encouragement and intervention.
He added that currently in the country, “there are five publishing houses which includes; Cassava Republic, Parrésia, Farafina, Readers Books and Literary Landscape”.
“Publishing is a business and we need more publishing houses because the current five are not enough and they need to be supported.
“It has always been a problem finding publishers for literal works in Africa and Nigeria, because we have shortage of publishing houses, but there has been an improvement recently.
“We use to have three publishing houses in the country, but recently, Encosa and Anwilly are launched which is a welcome development; we expect more.
“` So these are really important interventions in the literary field,’’ he said.
According to him, younger writers or writers whose works have not been published always assume that publishing process is a big mystery and I do admit that it can be confounded for some people.
“If you send out your work to publishers and you do not get a feedback, it is because most of the publishing houses are privately run by individuals who are passionate about literary works.
“Most times, they are short-staffed which makes them to outsource jobs and others.
“So for them to find time and deal with marketing distribution and all these, and access manuscripts that come in hundreds is a bit difficult for them.
“Off course they do not come out and say this is the issue we have, the people who submit these works to them do not know these challenges, so it becomes the case of the blind judging the blind.
“But it is important that people should know this and appreciate the efforts publishers put into producing literary works to be on the book shelf,’’ he said.
Edited by: Morayo Omolade/ Ekemini Ladejobi