Shell Nigeria Gas says it has completed the final phase of its 20km domestic gas pipeline expansion project in Abia State, connecting Ogbor Hill, Osisioma and Araria industrial zones.
The company said the project had also enabled the supply of pipeline gas to Ariaria Market Energy Solutions Limited, the independent power project consortium providing electricity to Ariaria market in Abia State.
Ariaria International Market is one of the largest leather shoe-making and open stall markets in West Africa, with over 37,000 shops and an estimated one million traders, according to a statement issued by SNG.
The Managing Director, SNG, Ed Ubong, said, “We are proud of this domestic gas infrastructure investment, which allows the industries in Abia to have more reliable and cleaner source of energy.
“SNG is committed to supporting Nigeria’s industrialisation provided there is a stable regulatory environment in the domestic gas sector that allows investors recover their investment.”
The Managing Director, NICEN Industries Limited, a paint and plastics manufacturer connected to the pipeline, Christopher Eze, was quoted as saying, “SNG has put life back into our industries in Aba through the provision of this natural gas line.
“This milestone will open up the state for an influx of investors, thereby creating an enabling environment that will generate job opportunities for the youth of the state. I am sure that many industries in Aba will quickly take advantage of this great opportunity. Our company sincerely appreciates SNG for this great feat.”
SNG, together with its partners and local stakeholders, has agreements to build infrastructure and deliver natural gas to over 150 industrial and commercial customers, mostly in Ogun, Abia, Rivers, Bayelsa and Lagos states, according to the statement.
The President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mansur Ahmed, was quoted as saying, “MAN is proud of the role that Shell is playing in driving industrialisation in Nigeria through domestic gas supply.”