Utilization of Stranded Associated Flare Gases for Electricity Generation in Situ Through Gas-to-Wire in the Niger Delta
International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Engineering
Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages: 28-34
Received: Feb. 6, 2020; Accepted: Feb. 19, 2020; Published: Feb. 28, 2020
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Anthony Kerunwa, Department of Petroleum Engineering, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerr, Nigeria
Stanley Toochukwu Ekwueme, Department of Petroleum Engineering, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerr, Nigeria
Ubanozie Julian Obibuike, Department of Petroleum Engineering, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerr, Nigeria
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Abstract
The large volume of stranded associated gas in the Niger Delta which has sadly been flared holds great prospect in addressing Nigeria’s electricity problem if properly harnessed. The predominance of central electricity production system has over the years shown incapability in generating enough electricity needed by the Nigeria populace. Even with the little generated, large losses are seen as they are transmitted from areas of generation to areas of consumption through the national grid system. A new system of electricity system has to be initiated capable of generating electricity even in smaller amounts for a geographical location. This power when generated and utilized insitu will save losses from transmission lines serve areas not previously contacted by the grid system. In this work, gas-to-wire technology is used to convert 5MMscfd of stranded associated flare gas in Ohaji North in the Niger delta to electricity using combine cycle gas turbine. The gas volume was sufficient for the production of 44.2 MW of electricity per day. Economic evaluation of the project gives a Net present value at 10% discount rate of USD 108150066, the pay-out-time of 2.69 years and a discounted cashflow rate of return of 37 years making the project a highly profitable one recommended for Nigeria as a solution to the poor electricity generation problem.
Keywords
Utilization, Stranded Gas, Electricity Production, Gas-to-Wire, Power Generation
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Anthony Kerunwa, Stanley Toochukwu Ekwueme, Ubanozie Julian Obibuike, Utilization of Stranded Associated Flare Gases for Electricity Generation in Situ Through Gas-to-Wire in the Niger Delta, International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Engineering. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2020, pp. 28-34. doi: 10.11648/j.ogce.20200801.15
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