‘Fixing Bottlenecks Critical to Oil, Gas Infrastructure in Nigeria’

Abuja — Despite the renewed efforts by the Federal Government to address the infrastructure gap in the oil and gas sector, particularly pipeline, the Managing Director of Total E&P Nigeria Limited, Nicolas Terraz, has said if the bottlenecks in the sector are not addressed the move will not yield the required dividend.

He said the security of gas pipelines remained one of the crucial areas that requires attention if the Nigerian energy sector must achieve its full potential.

Terraz, who was represented at the just concluded Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) 11th International Conference and Exhibition in Abuja by the company’s Executive Director, Asset Management and New Energies, Patrick Olinma, told The Guardian that “apart from developing infrastructure, we should be looking at other bottlenecks because no matter the infrastructure we put in place in the system we may not move things forward.”

Apart from existing gas infrastructure, Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco had signed three agreements, which include a regional gas pipeline that will see Nigeria providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe as well as the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline, which is about 614km-long.