The government recently announced free conversion of 1million vehicles to run on gas
Nigeria is the 7th highest gas flaring country in the world. About 800 million standard cubic feet of gas is flared every day from approximately 144 gas flare points across Nigeria.
Nigerian government has announced a free conversion of 1million vehicles to run on gas, this is to reduce the amount of gas flared in a way and also the cost of running an automobile in Nigeria.
When natural gas is brought to the surface but cannot be easily used, it is burned for disposal a process we call “flaring.” Flaring mainly happens when gas is produced as a byproduct of oil extraction. If there is no infrastructure to put this “associated gas” to productive use, it is simply burned off.
Flaring is a Serious Environmental Problem
- CO2 from flaring represents around 0.6% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.1
- Directly venting the gas as methane would be even worse which makes flaring a better option.
- It is usually associated with local air and noise pollution.
Flaring is also a Serious Economic Loss
- According to the World Bank, 140.6 bcm of gas was flared in 2017.
- Productive use of this gas would represent over $20 billion of value at current prices.
It is a welcome development to put the flared gas into productive use which has been established to provide a huge economic gain instead of being burnt off and causing more havoc to the environment.
ThinkElectric Africa usually cares about sustainability, and the reason we pursue the adoption of renewable energy and electric mobility across board.
I would want to examine the sustainability of the gas powered vehicle to the environment which is a project the government of Nigeria is interested in pursuing starting from January 2021
Use the link below to learn my findings.