NLNG to deliver cooking gas directly in Rivers State, pleads for dredging of Iwofe River


Gladys Nweke

 The Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) is to supply liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or cooking gas directly to Rivers State instead of being routed through Lagos.

NLNG managing director, Mr Tony Attah, gave this assurance to Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, during a courtesy visit by the management of the gas firm to the governor at Government House, Port Harcourt.

Attah announced, during the visit, that the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the NLNG Train-7 project would be taken in October this year.

He said the project was expected to cost $6Bn to $7Bn, adding that on the employment side, the project would create up to 15,000 jobs for the people of the state. It will also build the skills and capacity of the people.

He appealed to the Rivers State governor to assist in realising the project by dredging the Iwofe waterway, while commending the governor for promoting security in the state, which, according to him, has created the right environment for investment.

Responding, the Rivers State governor declared that the state government will support the NLNG Train-7 project to take off because of its potential to create over 15,000 jobs and boost the state’s economy.

Governor Wike commended NLNG for establishing its headquarters in Rivers State, adding that Rivers people are happy that the NLNG Train-7 will soon come on stream.

He also commended management of NLNG for initiating the Community Health Insurance Scheme for Bonny Island, saying that the state government would partner with the company to achieve the objectives of the programme.

On NLNG’s initiative on supplying cooking gas directly to Rivers State, instead of passing through Lagos, Governor Wike assured that the state government would dredge the Iwofe waterway for that purpose.