Governor Abdullahi Sule, laying foundation for the $2millon gas project.

Cecilia Onah, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has laid the foundation for the establishment of a Liquefied Natural Gas and Liquefied Compressed Natural Gas facility in Lafia, the state capital.

The two million dollars investment which was spearheaded by Greenville LNG is the first of its kind in the North Central region of the country.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony of the project on Wednesday, Governor Sule who explained that the project would have a 23 metric tonnes capacity of LNG and 1,500 standard cubic meter of LCNG, said the project was in line with his administration’s commitment to make Nasarawa a prosperous and economically developed state.

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On her part, the Managing Director of Greenville LNG, Ritu Sahajwalla, who was represented by the Director of Administration of the company, Joseph Oyadoyin, said the project will further crystalize the industrialization drive of the governor and ensure rapid growth for the state.

He said, “The partnership between the government and Greenville LNG aims to promote a virtual gas supply for businesses and individuals in Nasarawa State and by extension the North Central region of the country.

“The project will usher in the introduction of LNG and LCNG usage for heavy-duty trucks as well as smaller vehicles such as automobiles and Keke NAPEP in the region as fuel prices has skyrocketed since the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in May.

“It is also poised to improve the transportation industry in Nasarawa State because it will address fuel shortages and enhance gas usage and distribution within the region.

“By promoting clean energy in the North central region, the project will provide an alternative fuel for diesel-operated vehicles, resulting in up to 25 per cent savings on running costs and also provide opportunities for investors and local businesses in the region.”

While commending the Nasarawa State government for its support and partnership, Oyadoyin added that the company will establish another facility in Karu Local Government Area of the state after the completion of the project in Lafia.

Earlier, in his opening remark, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nasarawa State Investment and Development Agency, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the project will be a springboard to other businesses in the state and the North Central region of the country.

“I thank the management of Greenville LNG for coming to invest in our state. Nasarawa State is very peaceful for any kind of investment. So, I want to urge investors across the country and other parts of the world to come and invest in the state, and I assure them that there will not be any regrets,” he added.

Our correspondent reports that the ceremony witnessed the official handover of the Certificate of Occupancy for the project which was facilitated by NASIDA, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Nasarawa State government and Greenville LNG in November 2022.