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New gas pipelines and opportunities for Nigeria’s ailing industrial zones

New gas pipelines and opportunities for Nigeria’s ailing industrial zones

Energy
Recently, Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) completed the final phase of its 20km domestic gas pipeline expansion project in Abia State, connecting Agbor Hill, Osisioma and Ariaria industrial zones. To local producers, access to domestic gas supply addresses a critical part of the many production challenges as well as a good chunk of production cost.For manufacturers, while electricity outages average about 10 hours daily, electricity expenses still constitute about 40% of total cost of production with average cost of self-generated electricity estimated at N119 billion in 2019. The operators, comprising the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), ...