The Nigeria Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) says in view of energy transition, the country needs to effectively harness potential of gas resources to ensure energy security.
Mr Felix Obike, the Chairman, SPE Nigeria Council, who said this on Sunday, April 9, 2023, in an interview in Abuja, underscored the need to deepen programmes and projects on gas utilisation and policy implementation in realisation of the net zero carbon emission.
The SPE chairman said it’s just concluded 2023 Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum (OLEF) was geared toward policy formulation and implementation to ensure delivering effective and sustainable energy in the country.
The OLEF is an annual event of SPE to commemorate first discovery of oil by Shell in commercial quantities in Oloibiri, Bayelsa State, in 1956.
The 2023 edition of OLEF had as its theme: “Effective Gas Resources Utilisation: A Lever for Enhancing Energy Security and Achieving Net-Zero Emission Goals in Nigeria”.
Gas, which Nigeria has reserves of more than 200 trillion cubic feet, is a cleaner-burning fossil fuel than oil or coal and can play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaking on acceptance of gas as a transition fuel and move to achieve net zero emission, he said Nigeria as a gas country had readily available gas resources to exploit and guarantee energy security.
He said that apart from investments, funding, infrastructure and technologies coming to play in energy transitions, capacity building was also paramount to harness gas potential.
He said capacity building was also being spearheaded by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) in the tertiary institutions by ensuring development of professionals to project this development.
This, he said, was being done by encouragement and inclusive of gas generation and technology courses among others in tertiary institutions curriculum and sponsoring them.
He said that, in as much as the nation is trying to decarbonise, she we still need to develop its reserves to harness opportunities in oil and gas industry which was the mainstay of the economy.
“Gas as a cleaner energy for energy transition will be effective for Nigeria looking at its affordability, sustainability and energy security.
“We are now trying to harness these resources, having modular approaches by different companies of developing gas reserves, producing them in a safe manner to reduce emission through technological applications,” he said.
By Ella Anokama