There is apprehension in many homes and companies over imminent gas scarcity following the Nigeria Liquefied and Natural Gas ( NLNG) company’s declaration of force majeure due to widespread flooding that has disrupted supply.
Force majeure is a common clause in contracts which essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as a war, strike, riot, crime, epidemic or sudden legal changes prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract
The company announced the force majeure on Monday.
Reuters reported that the declaration could worsen Nigeria’s cash crunch and would curtail global gas supply as Europe and others struggle to replace Russian exports due to the invasion of Ukraine in February.
The NLNG said all of its upstream gas suppliers had declared force majeure, forcing it to make the declaration as well.
Spokesperson for the NLGN, Andy Odeh, said, “the notice by the gas suppliers was a result of high floodwater levels in their operational areas, leading to a shut-in of gas production which has caused significant disruption of gas supply to NLNG.”
Odeh said the NLNG was determining the extent of the disruption and would try to mitigate the impact of the force majeure.
The government agencies have warned that the flooding, caused by unusually heavy rains and the release of water from a dam in Cameroon, could continue into November.
The NLNG’s supply has already been limited due to oil theft that has cut output from what is typically Africa’s largest exporter. The NLNG exported about 18 cargoes in September, according to Refinity data.
Nigeria relies on fossil fuel exports for 90 per cent of its foreign exchange and roughly half its budget. Crude oil exports fell below one million barrels per day on average in August, the lowest level since the 1980s, due to theft that has exceeded 80 per cent on certain pipelines. (Reuters)