The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) maintains a long-standing policy against gas flaring due to its deleterious impact on host communities, the effect on global climate change, and the resource waste and value erosion the unwholesome practice represents. To this end, the Federal Government pledged its commitment to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2060 at COP26, passed the Climate Change Act, and recently launched the Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan, all of which reinforce the need for the oil and gas industry to spearhead FGN’s mandate to reduce carbon emissions.

The enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021 (PIA) and the emergence of Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) as the upstream technical and commercial regulator are among significant industry reforms of the sector. Enabled by the PIA, the Commission has streamlined the NGFCP to drive the flare auction and award process to successful conclusion in record time via an accelerated delivery schedule. The renewed Programme will guarantee opportunities for existing applicants while expanding participation to new investors. Harnessing natural gas destined for flaring will not only reduce carbon emissions but will also stimulate economic growth by driving investments and job creation.

NGFCP 2022 is implementing the Programme through a streamlined, transparent, and competitive bid approach leveraging institutional experiences and lessons learnt as well as collaboration with operators and partner development agencies.

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