British energy company Accugas Limited has entered into a Natural Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement (NGSPA) with Amalgamated Oil Company Nigeria Limited (AMOCON) for gas produced in the OML 156 sole risk petroleum lease area
The partnership will be for onward sale to its customers. Accugas focuses on the marketing, processing, distribution and sale of gas to the domestic Nigerian market. In 2022, Accugas processed and transported an average of 145 mn standard cu/ft per day of gas through its pipeline network, with all gas sourced from Savannah’s 80% indirectly owned Uquo gas field. Gas is processed at Accugas’ 200 mn standard cu/ft per day Uquo central processing facility (Uquo CPF) for onward transportation to customers through its c.260km, up to c.600 mn standard cu/ft per day transportation capacity pipeline network. The NGSPA with AMOCON represents the first time that Accugas will be supplying gas to its customers that has not been produced from the Uquo gas field. Gas purchased from AMOCON does not require processing by Accugas and therefore does not utilise available capacity at the Uquo CPF.
Under the terms of the NGSPA, Accugas has agreed to purchase up to 20 mn standard cu/ft per day of gasfrom AMOCON over the course of the next 10 years. The cost of connection to Accugas’ infrastructure has been borne by AMOCON, with the gas being delivered from a new AMOCON-owned 140 m pipeline connecting AMOCON’s early production facility (EPF) to Accugas’ existing pipeline network. Under the terms of the NGSPA, all capital expenditure required for the AMOCON EPF-to-Accugas pipeline was borne by AMOCON and Accugas has not incurred any additional capital expenditure in relation to this project. The contract is already operational and gas supply to Accugas has stabilised at approximately 20 mn standard cu/ft per day. Accugas is a subsidiary of Savannah Energy PLC.
Andrew Knott, CEO Savannah Energy, said, “Since we announced our intention to acquire our ownership interest in Accugas in 2017, Accugas has recorded six consecutive years of growth in total revenues at a compound annual growth rate of 21%. We are now contracted to supply gas to up to 24% of Nigeria’s thermal power generation capacity (up from 10% at the time of acquisition) as well as key petrochemical and cement factories. We are clearly performing a critical service to the Nigerian economy.
"By providing a commercial route to market for otherwise stranded gas resources, the deal with AMOCON represents a new source of growth for Accugas. This deal has the potential to serve as a template for the commercialisation of other stranded gas resources in South East Nigeria which represents a potentially significant opportunity for Accugas.”