Nigeria’s state-owned petroleum company the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has partnered with Nigerian upstream exploration and production company SEPLAT Group to construct a multi-billion naira gas plant in Imo state.
Both partners will hold 50% of the venture. The gas plant will process natural gas from SEPLAT’s OML 53 onshore block, which covers an area of 1,585 km2 onshore in the northeastern part of Niger Delta. The block contains the producing Jisike oil field and the Ohaji South gas and condensate field. Ohaji South will be developed alongside gas finds in the adjacent OML 21 block, comprising the ANOH project, one of Nigeria’s largest greenfield gas projects and a major future supplier of domestic natural gas.
According to Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Executive Governor of Imo State, who spoke at the commissioning of the gas processing plant, the project will have massive job creation opportunities in the community of Imo state.
“I was at the multi-billion Naira Gas Project sited at Asaa, Ohaji/Egbema, alongside the Seplat chairman, Dr. A.B.C Ojiako and his management team,” said Uzodinma on Twitter. “I assured the people of Asaa community that my administration will stand as a referee to make sure that dev. is brought to the people by the Seplat Group.”
The governor further assured the residents of the community that SEPLAT will employ both skilled and non-skilled laborers from the community. He applauded SEPLAT’s chairman for his efforts in bringing development opportunities to Imo and the country at large. Dr. Orjiako has previously stated that SEPLAT has invested $700 million in phase 1 of the ANOH project.