On 17th May 2012, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke visited Utorogu Nag 2 Plant, Delta State being handled by Makon Engineering & Technical Services (METS) with a special entourage of Key Officials in the Oil and Gas Sector.

This is with a view to ascertaining the readiness of the Gas Emergency timeline for the revival and expansion of Nigeria’s gas-to-power capacity. The team was received by the Group Managing Director of METS, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde.

The Utorogu NAG 2 Plant is a new 150 MMSCfd plant built to increase the capacity of the Utorogu gas hub from 360 MMscfd to circa 510MMscfd to urgently address the supply shortfalls in the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System and West African Gas Pipeline (ELPS/WAGP) market.

The minister’s visit to gas facilities in Delta State marked the commencement of “a weeklong tour of all gas installations and projects listed for the production of additional gas under the Gas Supply Emergency Programme”, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, told journalists.

The Inspection team was headed by the Group Executive Director (GED), in charge of Exploration and Production at the NNPC, Mr. Andy Yakubu and included the corporation’s GED (Gas & Power), Dr. David Ige; Managing Director of Gas Aggregator Company of Nigeria, Mr Kunle Allen; Managing Director of Nigerian Gas Company, Mr. Saidu Mohammed, the Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services( NAPIMS), Mr. Morrison Fiddi, as well as Mr. Paul Ajisafe, General Manager (Gas) of NAPIMS.

Among top industry players on hand to receive the oil minister during the tour were the Managing Director/Chairman of SPDC, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu; the Managing Director of the NPDC, Mr. Membere Abiye; and the chairman of the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board (NCDMB), Mr Ernest Nwankpa.

The Minister who also undertook a tour of some gas production related facilities affirmed that the drive to ensure adequate gas supply for power needs has reached an irreversible path. While pledging the Federal Government’s commitment to work with the International Oil Companies, (IOCs) to meet the nation’s gas to power aspirations, Mrs. Alison-Madueke noted that such goal can only be attained if the Oil Majors work in concert with local Nigerian service providers.

“We can only build a reliable oil and gas sector through the effective participation of competent Nigerian Service providers and operators. Thank God the IOCs and the indigenous companies and some Nigerian professionals are already keying into this opportunity made possible by the Nigerian Content Act,’’ the Minister of Petroleum noted.

The Minister also visited Makon’s Workshop and Camp Site, Iwherekan, Ughelli South LGA, Delta State where she witnessed ongoing fabrication activities. She expressed delight that an indigenous company was giving back to the community by engaging 100 percent local workforce and by extension, bringing development to the area. She also advised the workmen that their diligence is the pathway to success taking examples from her own life while encouraging METS to keep up its efforts in Corporate Social Responsibility.