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Nigeria to Join ‘League of Hydrogen Producers’ as NLNG Announces Its Decarbonization Agenda


By Ndubuisi Micheal Obineme

Nigeria will soon join the League of Hydrogen Producersas NLNG Limited has announced its decarbonization plans which are aimed at reshaping the company’s business models for hydrogen production and setting up a carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) facility to decarbonize its operations.

Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) is a major player in the global LNG business and is ranked as one of the world’s top 10 suppliers of LNG in the world. Today, NLNG has 23 LNG vessels with a total production capacity of 22 Million Tons Per Annum (mtpa) of LNG and 5mtpa of Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) from its six-train plant complex.

Speaking about its decarbonization agenda, the Managing Director and CEO of NLNG, Philip Mshelbila said his company is exploring various opportunities in energy transition and Hydrogen will play a key role in decarbonizing the company’s operations.

Mshelbila made this known in a panel session at the Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2022, which specifically focused on Harnessing Opportunities in the Nigerian Gas Sector, as well as the investments in the pipeline infrastructures in Nigeria.

According to him, “NLNG is looking at five hydrogen opportunities, which is using hydrogen either purely or blend in our fuel to help decarbonize. Ultimately, we will be looking at hydrogen as a product that goes into the market.

“We’re also setting up some work on carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS). That’s something that we’re working on very actively at the moment.

“Aside from all of that, we’re looking at our plant and what we need to do differently. There’s ongoing work that is happening and we are ramping that up.

“We’re looking at our non-plant activities as well. What do we do with our houses, buildings, including our vehicles?

“The key one is our shipping. So we have 23 LNG vessels and we are working on how we can decarbonize our operations. So a lot is happening and by NOG Energy Week next year, we will begin to speak about some of these projects.”

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