The Federal Government of Nigeria is seeking investor countries to partner with its hydrogen production and investment in a bid to unlock the full potential of the country’s natural gas resource, for national growth and development.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, made this known in an address at the Americas Energy Summit and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A on the theme, “The Role of Natural Gas, LNG & Hydrogen in Decarbonising Global Energy Markets”.
Louis Ibah, the minister’s Spokesperson, quoted him in a statement on Thursday as saying that Nigeria was open for business and willing to partner with foreign investors and countries with requisite technologies and experience in the development of the country’s hydrogen resource.
“We extend an invitation to international partners, stakeholders and investors to collaborate with us in unlocking the full potential of our natural gas resources.
“Recognising the importance of innovation and diversification in the energy sector, Nigeria actively explores opportunities in hydrogen production and deployment,” Ekpo said.
He further acknowledged hydrogen’s transformative potential in reducing carbon emissions and fostering a sustainable energy future.
“The Nigerian government is actively setting up the framework for a sustainable energy future.
“In this pursuit, we are seeking collaborations with countries that have developed expertise and capacity in hydrogen technologies.
“We believe that international partnerships are essential in fostering knowledge exchange and leveraging collective capabilities for the advancement of hydrogen as a clean and sustainable energy solution,” he added.
According to him, international collaboration has become paramount, as the world confronts the challenges of climate change.