36th Monthly Gas Lecture
DOHA, GECF Headquarters - Engineer Saidu Mohammed was the guest speaker for the 36th GECF Monthly Gas lecture.
For this edition of the lecture, the GECF Secretariat invited a prominent figure in Nigeria’s gas industry, namely Engineer Saidu Aliyu Mohammed. Engineer Mohammed is an expert in the field of natural gas and an authority in the energy sector in his home country and beyond. Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Gas and Power Directorate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The Gas and Power Directorate was created as part of Nigeria’s ambition to become a major player in the gas industry globally and to create a solid framework for the expansion of the gas infrastructure.
The NNPC is Nigeria’s state petroleum corporation, but its areas of responsibility cover the entire spectrum of oil industry operations: regulation, exploration and production, gas development, refining, distribution, petrochemicals, engineering, and commercial investments.
A chemical engineer by trade, Mr. Mohammed’s experience covers both the Upstream and Downstream, from technical to the top levels of management, domestically in Nigeria and abroad, e.g. as General Manager of N-GAS Bermuda.
Nigeria is not only a key GECF member, it was also one of the founding members of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, now an organization of 19 Member Countries (Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, UAE, Venezuela, Angola, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Norway, Oman and Peru), jointly holding 70% of the world’s proven gas reserves. And while its potential has not been fully explored, Nigeria’s proven reserves account for an impressive 5,627 billion cubic meters (*), the largest natural reserves in the continent.
Engineer Mohammed explored the topic: ‘Natural Gas – Catalyst for Africa’s Economic Development and Integration’, in which he explored the huge natural gas resources potential in Africa. He mentioned that Nigeria sits on the largest proven gas reserves, with Algeria and Mozambique coming in second and third. He also pointed out that GECF member countries currently produce 93% of Africa’s natural gas.
And while he did acknowledge certain energy challenges exist such as low electricity access rates across the African continent, he was optimistic about the country’s potential and said the focus would be on developing natural gas to meet Nigeria’s gas-to-power aspirations, gas-based industrialization and harnessing Nigerian gas for export credentials.
He also remarked that the country’s huge gas reserves could lead to unlocking the potential of other natural resources such as gold, diamond, iron ore and steel across the continent, and facilitate industrial clusters being build based on petrochemical, manufacturing, agro-business and fertilizer production.
He explained that there are seven critical gas development projects (7CGDP) in different stages of development and that the domestic gas pipeline infrastructure network is aggressively being expanded and integrated, resulting in a robust pipeline infrastructure grid.
The NNPC Gas and Power Directorate COO went on to point out the sizeable investment opportunities linked to the Nigerian natural gas industry, especially because of the unprecedented hike in power demand in West and Central Africa.
(*)GECF Annual Statistical Bulletin