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Seplat Energy Invests $11.5m To End Gas Flares In Operations

Nigerian energy company, Seplat Energy Plc said it had committed $11.5 million towards projects that would end routine gas flares in its operations by 2024.

The company also reaffirmed its aggressive and unwavering commitment to sustainability and energy transition in the country.

A statement issued by the company quoted the Chief Operations Officer, Seplat Energy, Mr. Sampson Ezugworie, to have stated this at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum 2023, held recently in Abuja.

The themed of the forum was, “Effective Gas Resources Utilisation: A Lever for Enhanced Energy Security and Achieving Net-Zero Emission Goals in Nigeria.”

He noted that the company’s ability to maintain the lead in the Nigerian gas sector was hinged on a strong Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) framework, which he said has provided the strong foundation for Seplat Energy’s gas business and its decarbonisation projects.

Speaking during the Energy Forum Discussion Session, Ezugworie, who represented the Chief Executive Officer, Seplat Energy, Mr. Roger Brown, noted that the company had been leading in domestic gas supply in the country, with about 300 standard cubic feet per day (300scf/d), translating to about 30 per cent of Nigeria’s gas-to-power supply.

He reiterated the company’s commitment to energy transition, energy security and sustainability, noting that Seplat Energy’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes had grown over the years with immeasurable impacts on the people.

The COO also confirmed that at Seplat Energy, “we have a very aggressive programme to eliminate flares by 2024, through a combination of solutions. We have created a New Energy Directorate, with a mandate to look into power and the entire energy transition value chain.”

He said the company’s primary commitment was to reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions resulting from direct operations, adding that Seplat Energy has established a broad set of investment activities designed to reduce emissions from its operated facilities and offset residual emissions.

“Seplat Energy’s Flares Out project, which forms part of our commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2050, is on schedule to reach the target of ending routine flares by the end of 2024.

Ezugworie said, “In 2022, improvements in performance of the AG compressor in Oben and Amukpe, alongside regular asset integrity checks and other facility improvement activities, were effective and AG flare volume was reduced by 18.2 per cent at Oben (5.7 MMscfd against 6.97 MMscfd in 2021) and by 39.9 per cent at Amukpe (1.1 MMscfd against 1.83 MMscfd in 2021).

“The Seplat boss added: “Our diesel replacement programme seeks to increase the use of gas, a less carbon intensive fuel for power generation and where feasible, solar power is also being considered. We are piloting solar at our Amukpe warehouse to power equipment on site and plan to power the security outposts located around our operations using solar energy in 2023.”

He maintained that the company had committed $11.5 million in 2023 towards projects that would end routine flares in their operations, including $10.8 million towards installing gas compression facilities at the flow stations in Amukpe, Oben and Sapele, and $0.7 million towards incineration at the Amukpe flow station.

Upon completion of these projects, he said Seplat Energy expects to improve its gas handling capacity and reduce flares by approximately 30 MMscfd in 2023 and 20 MMscfd in 2024, which will in turn monetise flare gas in line with its corporate strategy and the national flare gas commercialisation initiative.

In addition, he stated that Seplat Energy has committed $1 million towards planting trees across Nigeria as part of afforestation efforts that will capture residual emissions.

Ezugworie added that the company’s focus in 2023 would be on mobilising community stakeholders and completing land acquisition to enable the commencement of tree planting in Imo, Edo and Abuja.

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