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German Firm Plans Virtual Pipeline for Nigeria's LNG Market

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OTI Greentech AG, an international environmental engineering and technology services group listed on the Düsseldorf Stock Exchange, on Wednesday, announced its intention to expand its activities in the Nigerian LNG market by having VTT Maritime West Africa develop a technical concept for a virtual gas pipeline.
 
The concept focuses on supplying private and public sector in Nigeria with natural gas and is related to Nigerian government's electricity initiative aimed at increasing supply of gas to boost electricity production.
 
In addition to the extraction of gas, this project comprises the logistical solution for transport and supply to deliver natural gas to potential customers from the private and public sector.

The aim pursued by OTI Greentech with this project is to position itself as a competent partner for both the Nigerian government and private enterprises.
 
A statement released by the company and made availalble to M&P said Nigerian natural gas is of key importance for the African and international markets because Nigeria holds the world's ninth-largest gas reserves with significant potential for developing the market and supplying its own population with electricity.
 
Since Nigeria's electricity supply from the grid is currently insufficient and unstable, the country is largely dependent on producing electricity with diesel-powered generators. The Nigerian government is currently pushing the use of natural gas as a cost-efficient and more environmentally friendly option for the supply of electricity.
 
Nigeria has set itself the goal of boosting output to 20,000 megawatts by 2020, which is why major investments are set to be made in this sector.

Neighbouring countries such as Benin also plan to expand their electricity production over the next years using gas-fired power plants because they have a more favourable carbon footprint than other fossile-fuel based sources of energy.
 
According to Johnny Christiansen, OTI Greentech's Chief Executive Officer, "The Federal Republic of Nigeria intends to make substantial investments into its infrastructure. We want to utilise our expertise and our local subsidiary VTT Maritime West Africa to benefit considerably from this development. Our technical concept surrounding liquefied natural gas positions us as a prime point of contact for practical technological solutions."
 
Drawing on the support of consultants, VTT Maritime West Africa is currently in the planning and preparatory stage of this project. Planning comprises preparing a detailed investment plan including a feasibility study and reviewing the project's cost-effectiveness.
 
Assuming that financing for the project is secured and the project plan will be implemented successfully, the construction of the virtual pipeline could by completed in the second half of 2018.

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