Dublin, Ireland — Seplat Energy, Belema Oil, First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company (First E&P) and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company/Shell Petroleum Development Company (NPDC/SPDC) Joining Venture (JV) have emerged as the worst offenders in terms of gas flaring in Nigeria.
Latest gas output data for November 2021, showed that the companies flared between 90 per cent and 100 per cent of their respective gas output in the month under review.
The data released by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) also stated that of the 165.168 billion standard cubic feet (SCF) of gas produced by all the oil and gas companies operating in the country in November 2021, 13.615 billion SCF was flared, representing 8.24 per cent of total gas output.
In comparison, the country recorded total gas output of 156.529 billion SCF in the month of October 2021, while the volume of gas flared in the same month was 12.819 billion SCF, representing 8.19 per cent of total gas output.
In the month under review, the NNPC report disclosed that Seplat recorded the worst flaring rate, in percentage terms, as it flared 100 per cent of the 116 million SCF of gas it produced; followed by Belema Oil, which flared 95.51 per cent (281 million SCF) of the 294 million SCF of gas it produced.
First E&P produced 731 million SCF of gas in the month under review, and flared 688 million SCF, representing 94 per cent of its total output, while NPDC/SPDC Joint Venture flared 28 million SCF out of the 31 million SCF of gas it produced in November 2021, representing 90 per cent of its total gas output.
Addax and Aiteo trailed, flaring 55.76 per cent and 39.31 per cent of of their total gas outputs of 1.641 billion SCF and 854 million SCF respectively.
However, in volume terms, Shell Nigeria flared the most gas in the country in the month under review, with 2.242 billion SCF of gas from its gas output of 46.217 billion SCF; while Mobil flared 2.157 billion SCF of gas out of its total output of 24.645 billion SCF.
Also, the NNPC reported that Star Deepwater – Agbami Floating Production Storage Offloading Vessel (FPSO) produced 11.817 billion SCF of gas in the month, out of which 2.053 billion SCF was flared.
The percentage of gas flared compared to their output was 4.85 per cent, 8.75 per cent and 17.38 per cent, respectively, for Shell, Mobil and Star Deepwater – Agbami FPSO.
In general, the NNPC noted that of the 165.168 billion SCF of gas produced in November by the entire oil and gas companies operating in the country, 3.347 billion SCF was association gas (AG), while 2.159 billion SCF was non-associated gas, while total gas utilised was 151.552 billion SCF.
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