Nigeria - Support to Nigeria for methane mitigation from oil and gas sector

Rationale 

Nigeria joined the Global Methane Alliance in 2019. Countries who join the alliance commit to absolute methane reduction targets of at least 45% by 2025 and a 60-75% reduction by 2030, though this depends on their oil and gas industry and overall methane emissions. In 2018, greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector were 209 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. Fugitive emissions from the oil and gas were the largest contributor to Nigeria’s energy sector emissions at 33%. 

As Africa's largest oil and gas producer, in 2023 Nigeria took bold action to regulate methane emissions on the oil and gas sector. For Nigeria, achieving the maximum ambition of its new regulations would reduce methane emissions from flaring by 100% by 2030, and fugitive methane from leaks by 95% 2050. 


These reductions will comprise a major component of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets - which are an unconditional reduction of 20% and conditional reduction of additional 47% with international support.  To achieve these goals, the CCAC is helping to improve data collection through methane science studies as well as initiating peer-to-peer regulatory support.

This project responds to the request by Nigeria’s Ministry of Environment, Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and Midstream Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Agency for services to develop policies and regulations to ensure uptake of recent CCAC-funded Guidelines to mitigate methane from oil and gas sector. It also seeks to strengthen institutional capacity for MRV in oil and gas sector to support implementation of the same guidelines.

Objectives

This project aims to: 

  • Assist government consideration of new policies and regulations to ensure uptake of recent CCAC-funded guidelines. 
  • Increase government institutional capacity for monitoring, reporting, and verification in the oil and gas sector. 
  • Assist the government and its regulatory agencies to take action to mitigate methane from the oil and gas sector through the adoption and implementation of regulatory standard in the downstream, mid-stream and up-stream sectors. 


 

Activities

To achieve these objectives the project will

  • Hold workshops to sensitise stakeholders on the guidelines and how they should be implemented.
  • Train all stakeholders on the use of COMAT, and demonstrate LDAR techniques. 
  • Develop and distribute a guidance document with an approach to fugitive methane baseline development and Implementation of a leak detection and repair program 
  • Develop a methodology approach and framework for data reporting for methane management. 
     
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