There are indications that gas prices will further rise and Nigerians may pay more as marketers have hinted that the high exchange rate of dollar to naira is having a negative impact on importation.
National Operations Controller, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Mike Osatuyi, in a chat with newsmen on Sunday, said independent marketers sourced dollars for importation from the black market, hence, gas price would continue to increase until naira strengthened at the exchange market.
“Our members, who still sell gas, bought 20, 000 metric tonnes at around N11 million last month, but now, the price has jumped to N12.3 million per 20, 000 metric tonnes,” he said.
He noted that gas consumers stood the risk of further price hike as long as dollar continued to strengthen.
Output and export from NLNG’s six-train Bonny plant had dropped to 16.8 million tonnes in 2021, from 20.7 million tonnes in 2020 and 2019.
NLNG was said to have lost almost $7bn revenue so far in 2022 due to gas supply constraints, according to the company’s General Manager, Production, Adeleye Falade, who spoke at the 45th Nigeria International Conference and Exhibition 2022.
Natural gas markets worldwide have been tightening since 2021 and global gas consumption is expected to decline by 0.8 per cent this year as result of a record 10 per cent contraction in Europe and flat demand in the Asia Pacific region, the IEA said in its quarterly gas market report.
Persistent under-investment, coupled with the perennial problem of oil theft from pipelines, has plagued Nigeria’s oil and gas sector in recent years.