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Price of cooking gas to crash as NLNG begins supply to domestic market

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The Board of Directors of Nigeria LNG Limited, NLNG, has approved the supply of 100 per cent of the company’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, production (Propane & Butane) to the Nigerian market.

NLNG is currently the highest single supplier of LPG into the domestic market, with an estimated 400,000 metric ton, MT, supplied in 2021.

In a statement on Thursday, the NLNG said the development will crash the price of cooking gas which has been rising since March 2021.

The statement quoted the Managing Director/CEO of company, Dr Philip Mshelbila, as expressing strong commitment to the continued growth of the domestic LPG market and its passion to increase utilisation of one of the most versatile energy sources in the world.

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He said, “Committing 100% of our LPG supply is a major milestone in our journey of domestic gas supply.

“We supplied our first Butane (LPG) cargo into the domestic market in 2007, which helped to develop over the years the LPG industry in Nigeria from less than 50,000 tons to over one million tons market size annually by the end of 2020.”

According to him, in 2021, the company increased the LPG supply commitment from 350,000MT or 28m of 12.5kg cylinders to actual delivery of 400,000MT or 32m of 12.5kg cylinders, thereby directing most of our production into the domestic market.

“But this was not enough for NLNG, hence this commitment to do all that we possibly can and supply 100% of our LPG production to the domestic market,” Mr Mshelbila added.

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