Understanding Natural Gas

A Nigerian Perspective

understanding natural gas

About The Book

The book is easy to read. In Part 1, the reader is walked through the evolution of gas in the global energy mix. In addition it presents Nigeria’s energy transition from when the first coal-fired power plant was built in Marina, Lagos, in 1896 and the energy mix was 100% coal, to the current point where natural gas has become the most dominant fuel in the energy mix for power and coal effectively reduced to zero. It introduces the fundamentals of natural gas in easy to read terms for the reader that is new to natural gas. It describes how gas is formed, uses, key terms and a thorough overview of the gas sector value chain. Many technical concepts in natural gas processing and transportation are presented in easy to understand language for the non-technical reader. It situates the sector in Nigeria, illustrating with in-country examples.
Part 2 of the book discusses the commercial aspect of natural gas. It discusses gas contracts, fiscal terms and investment appraisal methods for gas projects. It presents the evolution of gas fiscal provisions in Nigeria which has culminated in the Petroleum Industry Act fiscal revisions. This Part provides guidance to gas contracting and is a good introduction for the Legal Practitioner who is new to natural gas and gas contracting.
Part 3 discusses the Nigerian gas sector. It presents an overview of the resource base, key gas infrastructure in Nigeria and the overall sector structure. It discusses extensively the evolution of gas policy trends in Nigeria, lessons learnt from past policy development and a look ahead for policy focus. It ends with an overview of the new Petroleum Industry Act. This Part of the book is a must read for Policy makers, students of political economy and investors looking to understand the Nigerian gas sector landscape.

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Understanding Natural Gas

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About the author


David Ige is the Founder and CEO of GasInvest Limited, a bespoke natural gas consulting and investment company. He was previously Group Executive Director – Gas & Power at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) between 2011-15. Prior to NNPC, he worked as Petroleum Engineer with Shell International Petroleum Company in Scotland and Nigeria as well as in Strategy Consulting with Accenture in London.

David led the development and implementation of Nigeria’s Gas Masterplan, a Policy framework that shaped the Nigerian gas sector. He continues to play significant role in the gas sector in Nigeria. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University, UK, MBA from Aberdeen University, Scotland and BSc. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lagos.

About the co-author

Dapo Akinosun

Dapo Akinosun is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a Founding Partner in SimmonsCooper Partners, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria. He specializes in gas, banking and finance, foreign investment and divestment, and commercial dispute resolution. He is passionate about teaching and was integral to the start of the SimmonsCooper Advocacy Development (SCAD) competition which has groomed several law students. Dapo has advised several energy firms on developing template transactional and network arrangements and on its gas to power projects

He holds a post-graduate degree in Gas law/Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from IBC Academy (UK) and has undertaken an Executive Business Programme at Harvard Business School. Dapo is a Notary Public, a Member of the International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Nigerian Gas Association, and Chartered Arbitrators (UK)

Understanding Natural Gas

This book is a compilation of many years of gas sector industry experience of the authors. It is an easy to read reference on the fundamentals of natural gas including commercial transactions and agreements

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