Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru
…As Baru Clears Air On Minna Depot Fire
A major stride in the attainment of national energy sufficiency was achieved in Lagos on
Monday with the commencement of technical framing workshop and subsequent project
signing ceremony of the seven Critical Gas Development Projects (7CGDP) to deliver
about 3.4 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (bscfd) to bridge the foreseen medium
term supply gap by 2020 on an accelerated basis.
The 7CGDP is an integral leg of the gas development strategy designed by the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to leverage the full potential of gas to meet the
target of generating at least 15 gigawatts (GW) of electricity by 2020.
In a presentation at the event, Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti
Baru, enthused that the projects would not only bridge the projected shortfall in supply
upon completion, but would also signal the beginning of the process of closing demand-
supply gap in the domestic gas market.
He said NNPC had engaged two World Class Project Management Consultants namely
DeltaAfrik/Worley Parson & Crestech/Penspen who will work with NPDC and NNPC JV
Partners and other stakeholders to achieve set project deliverables.
He listed some of the responsibilities of the project consultants to include: working with
NNPC and partners to revalidate and carry out relevant technical studies to proposed
development plans, provide financial advisory services for project funding/financing
strategy and appraise the fiscal requirements for viability and advice on interventions that
may be required.
The PMT are also expected to study and recommend fast-track tendering process for field
development and project implementation, establish realistic cost benchmark(s) for
identified projects and develop project schedules and cost estimates for the respective
projects among others
Dr. Baru explained that in addition to the above, the NNPC Project Management groups
would strengthen oversight function on the seven (7) critical gas development projects by
ensuring prompt decision making and timely approvals in line with international best
The NNPC GMD said the Corporation was working closely with other agencies like the
Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian Content Monitoring and
Development Board (NCMDB), among others, to ensure timely approvals for the project