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NNPC and Indorama Sign $18 billion MoU for Gas Monetization

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) has recently announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Ltd. This significant agreement is projected to generate over $18 billion in revenue and monetize over 1.7 trillion cubic feet of gas. This strategic move is part of NNPC Ltd.'s mission as the national energy company, as stipulated in article 64(i) of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), to promote the use of natural gas and thereby stimulate economic growth.

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Unleashing the Potential of the Hydrocarbon Value Chain

The MoU aims to explore and develop opportunities that align with the interests of both parties across the hydrocarbon value chain in Nigeria. This initiative is in harmony with Nigeria's Nigasification strategy, which consolidates critical programs to utilize natural gas and its associated liquids as the energy source of choice. This strategy aims to free up crude oil for exports and enables job creation, thereby benefiting the Nigerian economy in multiple ways.

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A Multi-Billion-Dollar Impact on GDP and Government Revenue

According to NNPC Ltd.'s GCEO, Mele Kyari, this project is expected to contribute a significant $3 billion annually to the nation's GDP and $18 billion to government revenue over its lifetime. Indorama, the owner of the world's largest single-train Urea Plant located in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is planning expansions in the gas-based heavy manufacturing industries, including fertilizer, methanol, and petrochemicals, over the next six years.

A Strategic Collaboration for Upstream and Downstream Benefits

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Manish Mundra, MD/CEO of Africa Indorama Energy, perceives the MoU as a strategic collaboration that aims to unlock Nigeria's upstream sector and partner downstream to share the value chain. He believes that Nigeria's gas reserves should position the country as one of the largest producers of urea in the western hemisphere.

Promising Benefits for the Economy, Employment, and National Food Security

The MoU also promises several other benefits. It will monetize over 1.7 TCF of gas and 100 million barrels of oil reserves and generate upstream lifecycle revenue of over $18 billion. Furthermore, it will result in downstream production of about 4.8 million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) of products such as methanol, urea, and fertilizer. This boost to national food security is a crucial aspect of the agreement. Additionally, the deal will create about 55,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities, develop a condensate refinery to boost petroleum product supply and reduce product importation, contribute over $3.8 billion annually to the GDP, and attract over $7 billion of foreign direct investment into the country.

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Strengthening Business Relations between Nigeria and India

This MoU comes in the wake of Nigeria's President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's recent commitment to strengthening business relations between Nigeria and India. This strategic partnership between NNPC Ltd. and Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Ltd. is a testament to this commitment and is expected to significantly boost Nigeria's economy and its position in the global energy market.

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