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H.E. Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Nigeria, has officially inaugurated Nigeria’s Rungas ALFA plant at Alaro City on Friday the 12th of March. With this step, Nigeria is set to become the world’s largest producer of composite gas cylinders, in which a joint effort by its sister plant in Bayelsa state will allow for the production of approximately 1.2 million cylinders every year.
At the inauguration, Sylva stated that the cylinder plant will go a long way in achieving the mission of the federal government to diversify the nation’s oil and gas industry through the strategic exploitation of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas. While commending the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and emphasizing the role of cylinder gases as a significant elementary of the LPG chain, Sylva stated that the production facilities will also provide jobs for the Nigerian citizens.
The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, revealed that the project is expected to be completed in one year. Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer, Rungas Group, Mr. Lanre Runsewe, commended the Board for its move towards the production of local cooking gas cylinders.
“Our handshake with the Rungas Group will catalyze the transition away from the heavy metallic LPG cylinders,” stated Wabote. “It will also address the issue of high importation of LPG cylinders with the attendant economic losses.”
“Without the NCDMB initial and extended facilitation for the local manufacture of cooking gas cylinders in Nigeria, it would have been more difficult and expensive to implement the imminent National Gas Expansion Program rollout, due to the lack of locally manufactured safe cylinders,” stated Runsewe. “The country would have had to resort to importation.”