IPMAN’S President, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
Okoronkwo said IPMAN was delighted with the vigour the Federal Government was deploying in actualising the National Gas Policy of 2007.
“The project is a game changer because it will play a critical role in the utilisation of Nigeria’s abundant gas resources for national development,” he said.
Okoronkwo further noted that the project would create job opportunities for young Nigerians in Engineering, procurement and construction as well as boost local capacity in the oil and gas industry.
He said the declaration of Year 2021 to Year 2030 as the “Decade of Gas Development” by the government would also be given a boost by such projects.
Okoronkwo reiterated that IPMAN would continue to support efforts to deepen gas utilisation in the country.
He said: “We (IPMAN) have a collaboration pact with Petroleum Equalisation Fund on how to help marketers distribute gas to the nooks and crannies of the country.
“The deal entails funding and co-location of mini-depots in existing facilities and suitable locations owned by IPMAN members.
“The target is to set up 100 plants each in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu and 50 each in other states under the first phase.”
The project is anticipated to create about 12,000 new jobs and an additional 40,000 indirect jobs. (NAN)