It is popular knowledge that Nigeria is the largest producer of crude oil in Africa and the 6th largest in the world, however, a little oft known fact is that Nigeria is also the largest producer of liquefied natural gas in Africa. Last year Nigeria exported as much as 22 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG). According to NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation) Nigeria appears to have a greater potential for gas than oil. Nigeria’s gas production in the year 2000 was approximately 1,681.66 billion scf; 1,3715 billion scf was associated gas and the rest 310.16 billion was nonassociated gas.
According to Andrew Yakubu, the head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) gas production has increased significantly over the years “From a modest two train base LNG project of eight million tons per annum in 1999 to the current six operating train capacity of 22 mtpa (million tons per annum),”. In a statement received in Abuja, Yakubu said “In 2011, the six trains exported about 22 mtpa of LNG representing about 10% of world production”. He said other major LNG projects are in different stages of development and that “on completion of these LNG projects Nigeria’s LNG production capacity will be over 52 mtpa,”.
So if in 2011 22mtpa of LNG represented 10% of the world production, by the completion of the ongoing projects, Nigeria will be producing about 23.6% of the world’s liquified natural gas.