The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday announced an increase of 19.14 per cent in the average daily natural gas supply to power plants.

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According to NNPC, this translates to 788 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, equivalent to power generation of 2,873MW.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kennie Obateru, explained in a statement issued in Abuja that the figure was contained in the corporation’s Monthly Financial and Operations Report for April 2020.

The statement, which was entitled, “NNPC records 19 per cent gas to power supply increase in April,” also stated that 65 vandalised pipeline points were reported during the review period, a marked increase from the 19 points recorded in March 2020.

It said a total of 226.51 billion cubic feet of natural gas was produced in April 2020, translating to an average daily production of 7,786.17 million standard cubic feet per day.

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The oil firms said, “The figure indicated an increase of 3.73 per cent at 226.51BCF, compared to output in March 2020.

“Out of this figure, a total of 136.44BCF of gas was commercialised, consisting of 36.99BCF and 99.45BCF for the domestic and export market, respectively,” the NNPC said.

It added, “Out of the 1,233.01mmscfd of gas supplied to the domestic market in April 2020, about 787.70mmscfd, representing 63.88 per cent was supplied to gas-fired power plants, while the balance of 445.31mmscfd or 36.12 per cent was supplied to other industries.”