Gas to Power
The Gas to Power project contributes to a larger programme; the Sustainable Utilisation of Nigeria’s Gas and Renewable Energy Resources (SUNGAS), which aims to encourage the sustainable use of Nigeria’s energy resources through harnessing gas from flares to meet local energy needs in the Niger Delta.
For communities living in the Niger Delta, gas flaring is the most visible and insidious representation of the oil industry. Nigeria has approximately 180 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves, the seventh largest in the world, currently exporting around 3 billion cubic ft. per day and flaring around 2.5 billion cubic ft. per day; equal to 30% of the entire EU’s annual gas consumption. However, only 0.5 billion cubic feet per day is supplied to the domestic power sector, despite 70% of the population not having access to electricity or modern energy services. Harnessing gas from the flares to meet local energy needs is critical to local development in the region.
This project is a component of the wider Sustainable Utilisation of Nigeria’s Gas and Renewable Energy Resources (SUNGAS) programme being implemented in collaboration with the following partners:
Living Earth Foundation, UK (LEF)
Niger Delta Wetlands Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria (NDWC)
Social Development Integrated Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State (SDIC)
- New Nigeria Foundation, Victoria Island, Lagos
Project benefits to stakeholders
Gas-intake to feed the plant will come from the assets of an International Oil Company (IOC), providing a strong incentive to the local community to protect the asset and maintain an uninterrupted power supply
Shift in responsibility and cost savings in the current provision of electricity through diesel-powered generators to host communities by IOCs
Demonstration of sustainable solution to gas flaring in the Niger Delta, tackling the issue directly
Provides an approach to responding to the new policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria, that places emphasis on increased domestic utilisation of gas as opposed to gas exports
Possibility of obtaining carbon credits for the project under the voluntary emission reduction mechanism of the Kyoto protocol.
US$ 1.6 million has been committed to the project by the European Commission with a further US$ 0.59 million and US$ 0.56 million committed by the UK Government’s Department for International Development and Shell Petroleum Development Corporation.
This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Living Earth Foundation and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.