NLNG, The Nigeria LNG, on Tuesday said marketers were unable to offtake the full 450,000MT of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) allocated to the Nigerian market by the company due to various factors.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Austin Ogbogbo, marketing manager of the NLNG, said this while speaking to journalists in Lagos. Mr. Ogbogbo noted that NLNG was not responsible for the supply shortfall of LPG, also known as cooking gas, and the consequent price hike across the country.
He said the 450,000MT allocated to the domestic market was the total volume of butane produced annually by the NLNG, adding that only about 375,000MT was procured by gas marketers in 2020.
According to him, the inability of the marketers to offtake the LPG was due to logistics and infrastructure challenges as well as other factors in the industry.
He said that this meant that the NLNG supplied over 80 percent of its LPG sales (butane/cooking gas) to the Nigerian market and was therefore prioritizing the domestic market.
He said NLNG was primarily an export company that produces 22 MTPA of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and five MTPA of Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs), but that the company was also working to supply LNG to the domestic market from 2022 to boost power supply and industrial development across the country.
NAN reports that the price of 12.5kg of cooking gas has risen from N3, 200 a few months back to about N7, 000 in some parts of the country.