Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has approved the construction of a 12-million standard cubic feet per day capacity Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG ) extraction plant at Ikuru Town in Rivers State.
The project being promoted by Green Energy International Ltd, the operator of the Otakikpo Marginal Field in oil mining lease (OML 11).
The LPG plant, expected to be completed in 12 months, is to boost the country’s drive towards the domestic gas use.
DPR legal and corporate matters Director, Olusegun Ilori explained that the approval followed the successful submission of the detailed engineering design (DED) of the plant which licence was issued last year.
The company, which began production in February, last year, said it is determined to ensure the use of the gas produced from the field for LPG and power generation, among others.
Ilori explained that the gas plant involves the use of the lean gas to power the 12 megawatt (MW) gas generator at Otakikpo field, out of which 5 megawatts will be dedicated to the host communities, while the LPG and propane would be bottled and sold.
Part of the LPG shall be for domestic use in Otakikpo communities to support small scale industries to stimulate the Niger Delta economy.Please subscribe to our newsletter