The Managing Director of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Nicolas Terraz Terraz, has suggested to stakeholders to prioritise fixing the many problems weighing down the optimisation of gas resources rather than focusing on building new infrastructure.
Speaking at a session on “Gas Infrastructure Development” during the just concluded Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) 11th International Conference and Exhibition, Terraz said the industry really needed to interrogate whether it was optimising the use of existing gas assets.
The MD, who was represented by the company’s Executive Director, Asset Management and New Energies, Mr. Patrick Olinma, added that the industry should be looking at other bottlenecks, which if not dealt with, could hinder the sector.
He said, “For instance, we and several other independent companies use the Trans-Niger Pipeline (TNP), which is a very crucial pipeline, to evacuate gas. When we make our plans we consider 25 per cent non-operational outage. This has nothing to do with maintenance or operational issues, but with security, vandalism and all sorts of things going on in the Niger Delta. I am talking about an existing pipeline not a new infrastructure.”
Continuing, Terraz said the problems in the power sector had equally contributed to domestic gas supply challenges.