Nigeria loses N72bn to gas flaring

Nigeria lost the sum of $359.01 million, about N71.8 billion to gas flaring in the first of 2015, data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, have revealed.

Shell gas flare at Kolo Creek - surrounded by agricultural fields.

Shell gas flare at Kolo Creek – surrounded by agricultural fields.

The data from the NNPC’s Monthly Petroleum Information, MPI, from January to March 2015, disclosed that oil and gas companies produced 668.247 billion standard cubic feet, SCF of gas.

They however, utilised 548.58 billion SCF and flared 119.67 billion SCF, representing 17.9 per cent of the total gas produced in the period under review.

Using the Nigerian Gas Company’s, NGC, average gas price of $3 per 1,000 SCF gas at the current exchange rate realities, the flaring of 119.67 billion SCF gas translated to a loss of $359.01 million, an equivalent of N71.8 billion.

Monthly breakdown of the flares volumes and value lost is as follows:

  • January, 48.372 billion SCF flared, $145.12 million/N29.02 billion lost,
  • February, 41.188 billion SCF flared, $123.56 million/N24.71 billion lost,
  • March, 30.11 billion SCF flared, $90.33 million/N18.07 billion lost.

Worst offenders

Furthermore, the MPI identified the Sole Risks/Independent oil companies and Service Contract, as the worst offenders in January, flaring 98.07 per cent of their total gas production.

Specifically, Sole Risk/Independents produced 19.464 billion SCF gas, utilised 376.42 million and flared 19.09 billion SCF, while the Contract Service sector, comprising only Agip Energy and Natural Resources, AENR, flared 472.3 million SCF gas, utilised only 9.3 million SCF of its 481.6 million SCF total gas production.

Seplat Petroleum, Prime Exploration, Niger Delta Western and First Hydrocarbon flared the gas in January; each flared 100 per cent of its total gas production. Platform Petroleum flared 99.72 per cent of its total gas, while Express Petroleum flared 99.25 per cent.

In February, the Sole Risks/Independents sector and Service Contract sector remained the worst offenders, flaring 98.16 per cent and 93.64 per cent of their total gas production respectively.

The Independents produced 19.58 billion SCF of gas, utilised 369.78 million SCF and flared 19.22 billion SCF, while AENR, the sole company in the Service Contract sector, produced 1.37 billion SCF gas, utilised 87.03 million SCF and flared 1.28 billion SCF.

Pan Ocean, Seplat Petroleum, First Hydrocarbon, Niger Delta Western, Energia Limited, and Prime Exploration were the highest offenders, as they flared 100 per cent of their total gas production.

In March, Joint Venture Companies, produced 135.14 billion SCF gas, flared 15.9 billion SCF and utilised 119.24 billion SCF; Production Sharing Companies flared 7.75 billion SCF of their 52.78 billion SCF gas, and utilised 45.02 billion SCF.

Independents trailed in terms of quantity, as they produced 23.45 billion SCF, utilised 19.24 billion and flared 4.21 billion SCF.

2014 flares

The NNPC, had in its Annual Statistical Bulletin, ASB, for 2014, disclosed that the country lost up to $868.8 million, about N173.76 billion to gas flaring in 2014.


– Vanguard

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