By Akinola Ajibade
In American company, Zeeco Inc, a world leader in combustion and emissions control, has partnered Arbel Energy and Logistics Limited to develop the gas sector and help reduce environmental impact of gas flaring in Nigeria.
Speaking at Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island in Lagos State, during the launch of Zeeco’s presence in the country, Managing Director, Zeeco Europe Limited, Nigel Palfreeman, said the presence of Zeeco in Nigeria is to help with environmental products and associate gas recovery, adding that they would also help tackle some of the environmental issues associated with gas flaring in the country.
“We are the world leading company in environmental equipment and combustion technology. What we are doing with this partnership is to look at specific projects including associate gas recovery, the economic benefits in doing that and benefits that will be derived environmentally,” he said.
He explained that the environmental impact of gas flaring in Nigeria is huge, being the sixth highest flaring country in the world.
“If we look at the environmental impact of this, energy lost can never be recovered, but to be able to recover it would be an economic factor that can be used for something useful and also contribute to saving the environment.
Our aim is to help use our expertise to partner with local knowlwdge, Arbel Energy and Logistics Limited, to put these packages together within Nigeria and we think that is the way forward,” he said.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Arbel Energy and Logistics Limited, Umar Ardo, noted that the Federal Government is going commercial on gas, saying the partnership with Zeeco will help to bring out the economic potentials of gas, get the benefits from it and resolve environmental issues of flaring gas.
“Zeeco’s presence in Nigeria will help discover and utilise the many potentials inherent in gas. We can use it to generate power, gas cylinder for cooking and address environmental issues by stopping deforestation.
We are currently losing the economic value of gas and the environmental value by cutting down of trees. We have to preserve the ecology in order to advance the economy.
Zeeco is the largest in the world, they have the technology, the expertise and all Nigeria need is to key into it,” he said.
Managing Director, Arbel Energy and Logistics Limited, Adefolaju Amoo, said the partnership with Zeeco was necessary, owing to the fact that they virtually have no presence in Africa.
“We thought it to be a good idea to partner with them to bring them into Nigeria, based on their installed assets and facilities in the oil and gas operating environment over the years.
“They have equipment in refineries, in installations for oil and gas and in power. Their coming into Nigeria will stop the servicing companies that take care of those things from having to go to Europe or Middle East to get service.”
According to him, the whole world is talking about gas including Nigeria. Nigeria is a gas country in terms of natural resources, we have a lot of gas but it is only oil that we have exploited so far and there have been consequences with the flaring, loss of revenue and deforestation.
These consequences are now having impact and it is time to deal with it by starting to talk about gas, which is why the partnership is necessary to stop gas flaring in Nigeria, recover the gas and turn it into products that can be useful.
“Zeeco has a legacy of being pioneers in gas management systems; increased combustion quality and reduced emissions.
So, what we are trying to do is help Nigeria gain the benefits of having assets and equipment that has 70/80 per cent efficiencies, thereby helping Nigeria take the option of having the best possible equipment in our gas regime,” he ssaid.
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