Goals, challenges at Escravos

Information is beginning to surface about the start-up later this year of the second phase of Chevron Nigeria Ltd.'s Escravos Gas Project in Delta State about 125 miles east of Lagos.A political aim of this project was to reduce the flaring of gas produced in association with crude oil in the western Niger Delta. It is obvious that partners Nigeria National Petroleum Corp. and Chevron long wished to extract some value from the gas that had been flared into the skies for decades by the oil-producing joint venture.The government and Chevron also must have desired to profit from the investment by selling NGL, raw gas, and perhaps other products, such as methanol, that could be manufactur...

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