The Nigerian Government has signed up to the World Bank's Global Gas Flare Reduction Partnership, and is committed to ending routine gas flaring by 2030. The world is watching the Nigerian Government and the oil and gas industry.
You can keep your eyes on gas flaring too and keep the pressure on.
The main (and currently only) source of field data on gas flaring volumes in Nigeria is supplied by oil companies to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), whose reports are often published late. The tabulated PDF format for gas flare reporting published by the NNPC is difficult to analyse, particularly spatially, as no geolocation reference for the gas flares is included alongside the NNPC’s main reporting metric of the oil field name.
With the new Gas Flare Tracker the gas flare volume data submitted to the NNPC can now be scrutinised and cross-checked using the oilfield name as a reference.
If you are concerned about serious disparities between reported volumes and satellite derived estimates please inform NOSDRA, making sure you send the data evidence to them.
Collecting data on the environmental and health effects of gas flaring is vital in order to make the case for ending gas flaring. New health and environmental studies to determine the local impact of gas flare sites would be particularly helpful.
Every year Nigeria flares gas that if utilised for power generation could make an enormous contribution to increasing electricity output – potentially as much as three times the current output from all it power stations combined (based on 2016 figures). This is because many of its power stations are idle due to the lack of transport infrastructure needed to supply them with gas.
While millions of Nigerians have intermittent access to electricity, if they have it at all, supporting Nigeria to harness this potential is vital.