THE Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, International Oil Companies, and other stakeholders have kicked against the amendment of the NLNG Act by the House of Representatives, explaining that it would discourage investment targeted at reducing gas flaring in Nigeria.
The House of Representatives that amended the Act had stated that it would culminate in increased revenue generation for the development of the Niger Delta.
But the NLNG limited argued that the amendment would scuttle further investment, thus fuelling commercial gas flaring and environmental pollution in Nigeria.
It stated: “Any Amendment will however ultimately result in a return to high flaring if NLNG ceases to exist with attendant negative impact on the Niger Delta environment.
“NLNG has a robust and sustainable development programme in the Niger Delta which will of course cease if the company dies. This company supports the provision of 24-hour power supply on Bonny Island, provision of water supply, construction of roads, schools, scholarships etc. costing nearly US$200 million so far.”
The company also stated at its website that: “NLNG has a sound Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) policy anchored on the need to take proper care of its assets, the health and safety of its employees and of other persons, and to give proper regard to the sustainable management of the environment.
“At the inception of the NLNG Project, there was a major focus on carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the project area. Between 1987 and 2002, an intensive environmental assessment was carried out and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports prepared for various phases of the plant construction.
“The EIA reports for the Base Project (Trains 1 & 2) and the Gas Transmission System 1 (GTS/1) were reviewed and certiﬁed by the then national environmental regulatory body, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA). Following approval of the ﬁnal EIA report, NLNG became the ﬁrst major project in Nigeria to complete full EIA process before commencement of business.
“An important element of the EIA process is to identify and mitigate potential adverse impacts of NLNG’s operations. For the Base Project, a number of potential adverse impacts were identiﬁed and mitigation measures taken. Additionally, similar EIA studies have been conducted for subsequent projects.
“NLNG Plus, Train 6, Train 7 Plus and Bonny River Terminal Airstrip). The reports for these studies were approved by the Nigerian environmental regulatory body, the Federal Ministry of Environment.
“To ensure compliance with EIA requirements, an Environmental Social and Health Management Plan was set up with the major objective of ensuring completion of recommended mitigation measures, compliance with legislation and NLNG HSE policy. The plan is regularly updated and its implementation evaluated by regulators during impact mitigation monitoring exercises.”