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JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT VOLUME 2 NO 2, JUNE, 2004

NATURAL GAS UTILISATION
A FEASIBILITY FOR LOCAL DISTRIBUTION IN NIGERIA

BY

ONWUKWE, S. I AND OBAH, B.
DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERING
FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, OWERRI

ABSTRACT
There has been persistent effort by the government and the operating companies in building gas infrastructure in Nigeria. These have led to the steady reduction in gas flares in the oil producing areas. If the country is to practically eliminate gas flaring by 2010, as recommended by the vision 2010, and also increase domestic gas usage, then further avenues of gas utilization should be explored.
This paper therefore examines the feasibility and the technical aspects of distributing natural gas to indigenous local consumers. Owerri locally was considered for the distribution case study and analysis. A survey was also carried out to determine the demand capacity and other physical parameters needed to design a gas distribution system, coupled with series of discussion on methods of promoting gas trade and utilization in Nigeria.

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