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Nigeria's gas conundrum

The Nigerian gas sector remains short on investment and direction, but IOCs remain committed to the country and now Russia's Gazprom is securing its position, writes Ian Lewis

IMPROVED gas supply to Nigeria's Bonny Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex has boosted shipments in recent weeks, and Russia's Gazprom may invest more in the country's energy sector. But further LNG expansions are unlikely in the short-term, efforts to curb gas flaring are sluggish and the future shape of Nigeria's oil and gas industry remains unclear. Nigeria LNG (NLNG) has boosted output from the country's only LNG facility in recent weeks, following the resumption in October of operations at Shell's Soku gas plant, which provides 40% of the gas feedstock to the Bonny Island export plant. NLNG declared force majeure on deliveries in November 2008 and cut production to little more

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