Olokola LNG Terminal

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Olokola LNG Terminal, also called OK LNG, was a proposed LNG terminal in Cross River State, Nigeria. There have been no developments in over four years and the project is presumed to be cancelled.


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Project details

  • Owner: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (Gov't of Nigeria)[1]
  • Location: Olokola Free Trade Zone, Cross River State, Nigeria
  • Coordinates: 5.021667, 8.320278 (approximate)
  • Type: Export[1]
  • Trains: 4[1]
  • Capacity: 22 mtpa (5.5 mtpa per train)[1]
  • Status: Cancelled

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


The Okolola liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project was initiated in 2005. The project would have a total capacity of 12.6 million metric tons per year (mtpa), or 1.81 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd). The original price tag was $9.8 billion. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had a 49.5% stake, Shell and Chevron each had 18.5%, and the UK's BG Group (which Shell bought in 2016) had 13.5%. Start-up was originally scheduled for 2011.[2] An MOU was signed in 2005, and an investors' agreement in 2007.[3]

In 2009, BG Group pulled out of the project, and in August 2013, Shell and Chevron pulled out, leaving NNPC as the sole shareholder. The companies were reportedly frustrated at the lack of progress (and low gas prices didn't help).[3]

Although NNPC has declared its commitment to the project as recently as December 2016,[4] there has been much speculation in the Nigerian press that the project is dead. The government has spent $600 million on the project.[5][6] There have been no development updates since 2013 and it is presumed to be cancelled.

According to the International Gas Union’s World LNG 2017 report, Nigeria was the fourth largest LNG exporter by share after Qatar, Australia, and Malaysia between 2015 and 2016.[7]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 NNPC – Olokola LNG Plant – Lagos - Project Profile, Market Research, accessed April 7, 2021
  2. Nigerian Olokola LNG to start up in 2012 - Obasanjo, Reuters, 18 Apr. 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chevron, Shell pull out of Olokola LNG project, Vanguard, 23 Aug. 2013.
  4. NNPC Reiterates Commitment to Brass, OK LNG, NNPC press release, 29 Dec. 2016.
  5. Why NNPC May Cancel Olokola LNG Project in Ogun, Ondo States, This Day, 3 Jan. 2017.
  6. How FG made Brass, OKLNG projects fail — Gaius-Obaseki, others, Vanguard, 14 Mar. 2017.
  7. "2017 World LNG Report" International Gas Union, Accessed June 20, 2017.

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