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Gas-Driven Power Generation System: The Niger Delta Contribution to the Nigerian National Grid

Idachaba, F.E. (2016) Gas-Driven Power Generation System: The Niger Delta Contribution to the Nigerian National Grid. In: Conference Source Offshore Technology Conference, 2-5 May, 2016, Houston, Texas, USA.

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Nigeria ranks as the country with the 7th largest proven reserves of gas globally but currently focuses on the exploration of its oil with little economic use of its gas. The gas is either exported as Liquefied Natural Gas or flared by the oil and gas majors. The government has attempted to minimize the flaring by putting legislations to compel the International Oil Companies (IOCs) to stop the flaring and also encourage the utilization of the gas for electricity generation but the main challenge with this approach has been in the high cost associated with the compression and storage of the gas and the risks of vandalism associated with pipeline transport of the gas. This paper presents an approach for increasing the utilization of the gas for power generation by minimizing the risks associated with vandalization. The Niger Delta which has the bulk of the reserves can become the power generation hub of the country where all the gas driven power generation is done and fed to the national grid through a network of transformers and power lines. This configuration will eliminate the need for long pipelines while enabling the deployment of monitoring technologies on the short lines and also minimize the storage capacity required as the gas produced will be utilized by the generators. It also provides an opportunity for public Privat participation in the power supply sector. This system will ultimately improve the power supply availability in the country.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 10:04
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2018 10:04

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