Osinbajo unveils Nigeria’s $20 billion Gas Industrial Park

Ag President Osinbajo was received by the chiefs and elders of Rivers State on his arrival at the PortHarcourt airport to continue FG's Niger Delta dialogue. 13th Feb 2017. [Photo: Novo Isioro]

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has unveiled a public-private partnership industrial plan valued at $20 billion dollar for development of gas-based industries in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

Tagged the Gas Revolution Industrial Park, GRIP, Mr. Osinbajo, according to his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, disclosed the industrialization plan at the State House, Abuja on Monday when he met with the project development partners, a consortium of “Fortune 500 companies like the GSE&C of South Korea, the China Development Bank, Power China and several others global operators from Asia and the United Arab Emirates in the Middle-East.”

GRIP is located at Ogidigben, Delta State, and envisaged to be a regional hub for all gas-based industries, Mr. Osinbajo said. He added that it sits on 2700 hectares with fertilizer, methanol, petrochemicals, & aluminium plants located in the park that has already been designated as a Tax Free Zone by the FG.

“Under the plan presented today by the consortium to the Acting President, about $20 billion would be invested to develop the Gas Revolution Industrial Park, and generating 250,000 direct and indirect jobs in the process.

“The industrial park would be a cluster for several industries in one location benefiting from an efficient, cost-competitive and abundant supply of natural gas, proximity to a deep sea port and centralized utilities, & services such as uninterrupted power, world class telecommunications and processed water.

“The park, originally conceived by NNPC, is located about 60km from Warri, and is about 1km away from the operational base of Chevron Nigeria Limited. It will be connected to over 18 trillion Cubic Feet of gas reserves in fields such as Odidi, Okan, Forcados, located within a 50km radius. It is equally planned that the park will be connected to Nigeria’s most dominant gas pipeline network-ELPS, enabling supply of gas to and from the park,” the office further explained.

Mr. Osinbajo was quoted as saying: “we already have a Steering Committee in place, chaired by the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and that shows the level of our commitment. We are unwavering.

“We take the project very seriously and glad to see you are committed and ready to make several other commitments. This is a process that we intend to see happen.”

He was said to have stressed the Buhari Administration’s “unwavering commitment” to the Niger Delta region, many parts of which the acting president just visited as part of the administration’s bid to engage the volatile oil-producing region.

He said his visits to the Niger Delta communities had been mandated by President Muhammadu who is on extended medical leave in the United Kingdom before he travelled in January.

The building of an industrial gas hub in Ogidigben, Delta State was one of the feedbacks that was received during the visit to the state, he said.

In his remarks at the meeting, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, was quoted as expressing confidence that “the GRIP will bring the much needed succour to the people of the Niger Delta, and the oil-producing states.”

The development partners were led by Sheikh Bayorh of the UAE, who was said to have expressed commitment to the project. NNPC boss, Maikanti Baru, was also said to be at the meeting.


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  • sammyctu ode

    Their useless so called son Jonathan was there for six and a half years he NEVER brought any single development to ND people instead he and his looters were looting our monies into their private pockets. What this administration of PMB is doing now is to show the ND people that there is an alternative sustainable way to develop the region and empower all of them and not just a few selected corrupt leaders of the zone. I’m not a politician but it’s time for the ND people to know that if they have been following a useless party for 16 plus years without any positive change to their economic development it’s time to review their political strategy and move on to a government that will change their fortunes positively. I congratulate the PMB administration for this project.

    • Comr Eze Fidelis

      These are mere talk show of this govt, what has happened to Ogoni clean up or the East -West Road, are they in. The budget for 2017

      • El Patron

        You have seen the 2017 budget? Pls show us

    • Fuludu Odes-Onos Roland

      The problem with some of us in this country as I have just observed from some of these comments, is that so many people who have developed pathological hatred towards GEJ, did not end up at that, they also allowed their obsession for this APC administration of PMB to blunt the memory of their fossilized brains. Acting President Osinbajo did not tell us that he was the one who launched the DRIP, neither did he says that the project was a brain child of this administration. He only unveils its already approved blue print for execution. Meaning, the Government is now set to put into action, the implementation of its blue print, as was proposed by the Government of GEJ, who not only proposed it, but performed its ground breaking ceremony on 26th of March, 2015. You can verify this from both the Guardian and Vanguard news papers publications of 27th, March 2015, for record purposes and be aprized of the distinction to also stand by the truth in all situations, not minding whose oss is gored. And until you do so, you will always remain a prodigal citizen of this Nation.

      • Obosi Warrior

        Guy no just talk. GEJ was a failure. Period!

    • George

      the most useless is your bingo now in coma in London

  • ukoette ibekwe

    The Niger Delta people should not be taken in by these glossing approaches by the APC or any other government. There is always a king who did not know Joseph. The beginning of the end of Niger Delta wranglings with the rest of the country is in assuming ownership of the resources in their backyard.

    • oludare ishola

      what else do you want ??….you want development ….and they brought it to your door step……….the project will create 250,000 jobs…..let say half of the jobs will be given to your people. Yes the project is for foreign multinational corporations…..but the question is who among the looters that came from this region is ready to invest in a project like this. Ibori is now a hero. He took millions of dollars to UK to buy properties for himself and his family. I think we should grateful to federal government. When Jonathan was there, he did nothing to the region and there was no noise because he successfully settled the chiefs, militants and the elder while the common people suffer.

      • Riseup Nigeria

        Lest you forget, this is Jonathan good luck brain child.government is a continuum, but give credit to whom it deserves.

        • Manuel Tobby

          Brainchild that could not be implemented for a whole 6 years even with crude oil selling highest in history?
          Black man must just celebrate mediocrity.
          Only action benefits, not intentions or mere wishful proposals! !!!!!

          • George

            And this Malluh wasted two years before making a statement

        • Obosi Warrior

          Wash a pig! Wash a pig. It will always remain a pig. No matter how much clorox you use, you can not wash away the dirt from Johnathan’s administration. No be only Johnathan brain child, na him testicles child. For your information Johnathan with everything in his brain was kicked out of Aso Rock in 2015.

          Imagine locking all the developmental projects in his brain, and looting the country dry for 6 years. Very soon, Osibanjo will commission the road leading connecting Otuoke with Yenegoa, and you will come here to tell us that it is the brainchild of the drunkard, Johnathan.

          • George

            Keep dreaming why don’t you ask your half dead bingo to arrest him if he actually looted everything which in the first he own because its oil money

          • oludare ishola

            now is see how you think…….. response to this kind of comment is a waste of time. I rest my case.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Intentions are not actions.

          Jonathan had 6 years and all he could give were intentions, if that is indeed the case. This administration is not even 2 years proper. Do the Maths, Bruv.

          • Riseup Nigeria

            The problem with some of us in this country as I have just observed from some of these comments, is that so many people who have developed pathological hatred towards GEJ, did not end up at that, they also allowed their obsession for this APC administration of PMB to blunt the memory of their fossilized brains. Acting President Osinbajo did not tell us that he was the one who launched the DRIP, neither did he says that the project was a brain child of this administration. He only unveils its already approved blue print for execution. Meaning, the Government is now set to put into action, the implementation of its blue print, as was proposed by the Government of GEJ, who not only proposed it, but performed its ground breaking ceremony on 26th of March, 2015. You can verify this from both the Guardian and Vanguard news papers publications of 27th, March 2015, for record purposes and be aprized of the distinction to also stand by the truth in all situations, not minding whose oss is gored. And until you do so, you will always remain a prodigal citizen of this Nation.ok

          • George

            And this bingo government has wasted two years

      • Henry

        You from the West have the habit of insulting other people. That Project was conceived and put together by Daziani and GEJ our son and daughter not Osibanjo. So stop insulting others. Please go and read about the history of that project. What do you know about the NIger delta and her people?

        • oludare ishola

          The last time I checked ……there is no insult of any kind in my comment. Pls read it again. The same Daziani that used her influence her influence to package what you are seeing here today also user her cony way to bleed Niger deltans dry. I have lost the count of the number of houses under her name and how many million efcc said she stole. I am sure the initial purpose of that project is to further rob this nation by assigning contracts to their families and friends. Integrated rail for nigeria was conceived by obasanjo but not implemented but Jonatan when the oil was sell for $120 per barrel . You cannot only have a great ideals . I good leader should have political will to implement those ideals. The maritime university was conceived by jonatan but also implemented by this government. All independent power project that is initiated by Obasanjo was abandoned by jonatan. This same power project is now been re-visited by Fashola in this administration. All Jonathan did was to create a beautiful ideals to loot the treasury.

          • George

            Do you understand what they called insults;

            For nobody like Osinbajo having a hand shake with our traditional rulers is an insult to start with.

          • oludare ishola

            ……….none of your response addressed all vita point I raised about Jonathan’s poor leadership. All you talked about is respect. Most of the traditional rules are looter …….from south, west, east and north. They only dance to the tune of those greasing their hands with dollars. And they kept mute has they watch their people suffer in poverty

            Nobody forced traditional ruler to shake anyone hand. If you don’t respect Osinbajo…..at least you should respect his office

      • George

        A slave cannot dash a freeborn gift.

    • aisha ani

      That ship just sailed!

      • George

        It sailed to nowhere because we are not fools

  • Impulse400

    In 2011 Deziani Allison Madueke informed Nigerians that Nigeria could not afford to build one $8million refinery.

    2017, Nigeria is unveiling a $20million gas park meant for the direct profit of foreign multinational corporations. Gas that our government contininously fail to utilize for Nigerians benefit, either for cooking or electricity.

    • Maria

      The same woman who said Nigeria cannot afford “8 million dollar” refinery stole over 500 million dollars… There is God oooo!

      • Henry

        This project whose blueprint is been approved today was conceived, investors sort and convinced to invest by the same woman Deziani that you are here vilifying. These are gas based industries, all using gas as feed-stock. Deziani Allison -Madueke used her influence as the first woman to chair OPEC and Gas exporting countries at that time to package what you are seeing here today. That project would have since started if not for the initial usual community crises about land ownership between the local communities that caused GEJ to do the ground breaking in March 2015. Government is a continuum and I am happy this government has seen sense in creating the environment for which this project can kick off. The Nigerian government is not spending her monies in this project, Govt is only providing the environment, that’s why in the medium term expenditure framework or budgets this park is not captured. The commencement of this project was a key demand by stakeholders in the Niger Delta during the recent FG peace initiative in the region. Lets get these facts straight, this government is only pushing forward what was conceived and prepared by the previous government.

    • George

      Shame on you, Private partnership with over 20-partners.

      you are doom

      • Impulse400

        Shame on me abi shame on you…? In this age of monogamy, your country is keeping 20 partners to “cheat on” her own people.

        Shior!

  • El Patron

    We need a timeline for the project development. Expected start dates etc

  • NwaIgbo

    Please do not give this project to Nigerian politicians and corrupt contract hunters who will collect mobilization fee and disappear to Dubai for their annual shopping spree. These criminals will disappear leaving the project only on foundation stage preparing to resurface next time to ask for $60 billion more. This is template for criminal cabals who have continued to bilk our nation with nothing to show for it. You want examples:
    – NEPA and Darkness in Nigeria
    – East-West Road
    – Our Refineries
    – Second Niger Bridge
    – All uncompleted projects whose name only re-surface during budget allocation,etc

    • George

      And two years going saint Bingo cannot correct any one.

  • Riseup Nigeria


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    Fuludu Odes-Onos Roland sammyctu ode
    an hour ago
    The problem with some of us in this country as I have just observed from some of these comments, is that so many people who have developed pathological hatred towards GEJ, did not end up at that, they also allowed their obsession for this APC administration of PMB to blunt the memory of their fossilized brains. Acting President Osinbajo did not tell us that he was the one who launched the DRIP, neither did he says that the project was a brain child of this administration. He only unveils its already approved blue print for execution. Meaning, the Government is now set to put into action, the implementation of its blue print, as was proposed by the Government of GEJ, who not only proposed it, but performed its ground breaking ceremony on 26th of March, 2015. You can verify this from both the Guardian and Vanguard news papers publications of 27th, March 2015, for record purposes and be aprized of the distinction to also stand by the truth in all situations, not minding whose oss is gored. And until you do so, you will always remain a prodigal citizen of this Nation.

    • Chidi

      GEJ represents failure and corruption. Anything he launched should be relaunched for progress to happen. GEJ has no signature achievement from his village to Abuja, please don’t bring his name near here.

      • George

        Ohh no your baboons and monkeys president is already in coma in a foreign hospital with his own money.

        During failure and corruption your sisters still remains in their husband houses but now saint bingo is in power your sister and mama has turn themselves into harloting just to feeds your kids.

        • Chidi

          What else can an amnesty beneficiary write. You are a good material for farming.

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  • abdul dull daura

    When you some comments you will know that some people actually see recession as progress as exemplified by the Almajiri King. The instructions he could not give Osinbajo while healthy is what you believe he can now give as a sick man? We have said said it severally, Buhari is recession and the fastest way out of recession is to remove Buhari. Only on leave and we witnessing the real change.

    • George

      What is the change, empty promises known APC for, shame on you

  • Say the truth

    Your likes would still have accused him of nepotism. Imagine an OBJ did not fix Lagos-Ibadan expressway neither was able to fix Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta express though few kilometers in 8 years.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      The problem with you and any other like you is your predilection against reading.

      It is said that it’s easy to hide things from a black person by simply keeping this in a book; your comment above, sadly confirms this.

      A cursory look through my comments history would have put a lie to your dumb conclusion. But then, you didn’t bother to read and find out, or did you?

  • George

    After we build it.

    With which money, your cow urine or your yam money.

    Silly,