GOVERNMENT HOUSE, OWERRI
PRESS RELEASE

The shell Petroleum Development Company [SPDC] has concluded plans to
build a $3.5 billion gas plant in Imo State.

Briefing Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha during a courtesy visit by
the management of SPDC to the governor in Government House, Owerri, the Managing Director, Mr Mutiu Summonu, said the Assa – North, Ohaji-
South Gas supply project is in line with the local gas content policy
of the Federal Government to boost power generation in the country.

He said the gas plant on completion would supply domestic gas to power
energy plants across the country as well as generates massive job
opportunities for Nigerians. The Shell boss further disclosed that
the project would be executed in two phases and would be executed in
two phases and would be completed in 2018.

While soliciting for the collaboration of the state government in the
handling of the project, Mr Summonu also urged the government to play
its part by providing 200 hectares of land for the project, enabling
and secured environment for the expatriates and workers and ensure a
healthy collaboration between SPDC and the host communities. He
promised that his company would always live up to expectation in the
area of its Corporate Social responsibility [CSR] in the course of
executing the project.

In his speech, Governor Okorocha who was visibly excited on the
development assured the SPDC team that the state government would
definitely play its part to ensure immediate commencement of the
project. The governor enumerated how SPDC began its operations in
Nigeria when gas was first discovered at Iho, Ikeduru LGA in Imo State
and urged the company to show enough presence by building a befitting
corporate office in the state.

Governor Okorocha further assured all adequate security, good working
relationship with host communities as well as general hospitality to
SPDC. He urged the company to improve on its Corporate Social
Responsibility by embarking on meaningful projects especially on the
power sector to ensure appreciable improvement on power generation and
distribution in the state.

Ebere Uzuokwa
For SSA Media to the Governor
25th June, 2012