The Director of Petroleum Resources, Engr. Sarki Auwalu has inaugurated the network code operationalisation teams for the full implementation of the Nigeria Gas Transportation Network Code (NGTNC) with a six-month mandate to go live.
The Director in his address at the virtual inauguration ceremony stated that the major objective of the industry wide and highly proficient teams was to provide the needed impetus for the full operationalisation of the network code.
He reiterated that basic regulatory instruments for the operationalisation of the network code like licence regime and administrative system will be expedited by DPR before the go-live ministerial mandate and also the operational readiness of the gas transmission system as well as migration of extant agreements into the network code by the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) will be concluded to align with the go-live date.
Engr. Sarki further stated that the constitution of the teams of experts was a product of extensive consultation and he was confident that they will perform beyond expectation to help in the accelerated development and maturation of the Nigerian domestic gas sector.
The Network Code Operationalisation Technical Working Team (NCO-TWT), comprises Ayuba Steve DPR-Team Lead; Duruji Elvis, DPR; Mungadi Ahmad, DPR; Aisha Ibrahim, DPR-Scribe; Ohwomado Andrew, NGC; Muhammed Isa, NGC; and Olanrewaju Lukman, NGC.
Their Terms of Reference include to establish system readiness for full operationalisation of NGTNC; to articulate the technical modalities for the successful migration of existing Gas Transport Agreements (GTAs) to network code; and develop a framework for providing effective stakeholder support for all technical and regulatory issues for effective operationalisation of network code.
Others include to develop a framework for effective monitoring of the performance of network code and impact on the domestic gas market segment; to develop a periodic network code reporting template for submission to the network code steering committee; and to review domestic gas market impact of NGTNC post full operationalisation of the code.
The Network Code Operationalisation Commercial/Legal Working team (NCO-CLWT) has Gberindyer Terkula, NGC as Team Lead; Kingston Chikwendu, DPR; Ohwodiasa Mabel, NGC; Mathias Yetti, NGC; Eremutha Augustine, NGC; Maisule Hadiza, DPR; Ali Garba Ali, DPR; and Ramatu Abdullahi, DPR.
Their Terms of Reference include to articulate the legal modalities and identify/resolve any legal encumbrance for the successful migration of all existing Gas Transportation Agreements (GTA’s) to Network Code; to review the tariff methodology and values for all envisaged payments/charges on the code; and to analyse and make recommendation on issue of payment in dollar or naira for the network tariffs and charges.
The third team, Network Code Operationalisation Steering/Governance Committee (NCO-SGC), is composed of the Director/CEO, DPR as Chairman; Managing Director, Nigerian Gas Ccompany as Member; Head, Gas, DPR as Member; and Head, Legal, DPR as Member.
Their Terms of Reference include to direct the activities required for full operationalisation of the NGTNC; to administer governance oversight of the NGTNC technical, Commercial and Legal working committees; and to interface with Honourable Minister of State Petroleum Resources on Network Code and provide strategic market update on impact/performance of Network Code.
The DPR Director thanked the leadership and members of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN), Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) and DPR gas team for their commitment towards the successful operationalisation of the network code.