Niger Delta

Belema Oil President assures OML-25 communities of effective Corporate Social Responsibility



Mr Tein Jack-Rich, Founder and President, Belema Oil Producing Ltd., has assured OML-25 host communities of effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) when operation resumes on the oil facility.

Jack-Rich gave the assurance on Thursday in Kula, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers, when he visited traditional rulers, leaders and women of OML-25 host communities.

It will be recalled that operations on the OML-25 facility was shutdown about two years ago following dispute between the host communities and shell.

He said the Federal Government was more interested in the unity and social well-being of the people of Belema, Offoin-ama and Ngeje communities.

“So, I am here to let you know that peace has been restored between Shell, Belema Oil and you, the host communities.

“The NNPC facilitated the reconciliation, and now SPDC retains the Operatorship Licence, while Belema Oil will provide operations and maintenance contracts.

“I have assured the NNPC that no matter the interest before now, everybody will be carried along, once we start operations because we are all one,” he said.

According to Jack-Rich, there will be no excuse not to develop the area because the Federal Government facilitated the reconciliation in recognition of the cries and lamentations of the host communities.

“The Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari loves Kula Kingdom, and your social well-being is very dear to the president.

“So, we shall work with you the host communities to ensure that your developmental needs are considered first as we stick together.

“The essence of the struggle is to develop the communities, develop our human resources and create the needed empowerment that will advance our desire for a better life,”  he added.

The Belema Oil president thanked the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and Mr Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC for fast-tracking the reconciliation process.

In his remark, King Bourdillon Ekine-Oko, the traditional ruler of Belema Community, thanked the Federal Government for resolving the issue.

“Today is the greatest day of my life, I am very happy because we shall not see darkness again,” he said.

The traditional ruler commended Jack-Rich for his passion to develop the host communities and prayed God to guide him.

(Edited by Azubuike Okeh/Peter Ejiofor)

Oil & Gas

NNPC’s Legal team bags Africa arbitration award



The Litigation Team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has won the Leading Case Counsel Team of the 2020 Africa Arbitration Awards.

The corporation disclosed this in a statement by its spokesman, Dr Kennie Obateru, in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that the award was given to the team in recognition of its stellar performance at the 8th Edition of the East African International Arbitration Conference (EAIC), held in Nairobi, Kenya, recently with participants joining virtually.

“At the conference, which was aimed at promoting commercial arbitration and showcasing African lawyers and law firms, which have performed well in arbitration practice, the NNPC Legal Team gave a presentation on the challenges and lessons learnt from arbitration and the successes recorded.

“Among the successful arbitration cases showcased by the team at the conference were the IPCO (Nigeria) Vs. NNPC in respect of the dispute over the Bonny Export Terminal Project in which 367.5 million dollars was saved after 13 years of litigation.

“Also, the ESSO E&P Nigeria Ltd. Vs. NNPC in respect of the dispute over the interpretation of the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) covering Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 209/Oil Mining Lease (OML) 133 in which the enforcement of 2.7 billion dollars’ claim was dismissed,” he said.

He said that other recent arbitration cases presented at the conference include ESSO & Others vs. NNPC in respect of alleged breaches in interpretation and implementation of the PSC covering OPL 222/OML 138 with over 380.141million dollars saved.

Also, the Atlantic Energy Group vs NPDC in respect of allegation of wrongful termination of Strategic Alliance Agreements over eight OMLs resulting in the award of 1.6 billion dollars in favour of NPDC was also presented.

“Besides the presentation, the NNPC Legal Team’s entry for the Leading Case Counsel Team category of the Africa Arbitration Award was adjudged the best among entries from 100 other institutions across Africa resulting in the award.

“The award is a testimony to the commitment of the Legal Division and indeed the staff of the corporation to the Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) agenda of the Malam Mele Kyari-led management of NNPC,” he said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN
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Group tasks multinational oil coy on CSR



Oil/Gas Multinational Companies operating in Eastern Obolo local government area of Akwa-Ibom state have been urged to stand up to their Corporate Social Responsibility to host communities.

Mr Iroigak Ikaan, a former Commissioner for Lands and Housing in the state, made the call during a stakeholders meeting organised by Utono Obolo in Uyo the state capital.

Utono Obolo is a non-political pressure group with membership drawn from Andoni and Eastern Obolo local government areas of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

Rivers chapter of the group on Sunday were in Uyo in solidarity with her Akwa-Ibom counterpart.

Ikaan said that Eastern Obolo currently has 10 oil blocks within its territory namely; OML 13, 69,70, 99, 100, 102, 103, 112, 130, and 138.

He said that the oil blocks were located within 10 to 35 nautical miles off the shorelines of Eastern Obolo local government area of Akwa-Ibom.

“These 10 oil blocks are independently owned by five companies; Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (a division of NNPC), ExxonMobil Nigeria Unlimited, Total Exploration and Production Limited, Amni International Petroleum and Development Company limited and Conoil Producing Nigeria limited.

The delegates paid a courtesy call on the paramount ruler of Eastern Obolo, Chief Harry Etebor, at his Uyo resident and pleaded for his support in ensuring that the rights of the people were duly protected.

They also urged him to fast track peace move in communities displaced due to communal disputes.

Responding, Etebor thanked Rivers chapter of the group for their support and pledged commitments towards peace and unity in the area.

He advised the group to continue to employ dialogue as tool for dispute resolution.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
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Oil & Gas

Total, partners donate 2 ambulances to Delta varsity



The Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara in Delta State has been presented with two fully equipped ambulances to boost the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Mr Noble Ikpami, Head, Media Relations, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, confirmed the development in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos.

The statement said the ambulances were donated by Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) and its OML 13 partners; the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), South Atlantic Petroleum, China National Offshore Oil Company Nigeria and Prime.

It said the ambulances and vehicle documents were formally handed over by the General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Total, Mr Ajukwura Wokomah to Mr Anthony Prezr, Director of Administration, DELSUTH at the company’s office in Lagos.

Wokomah pledged Total’s commitment to CSR activities especially in the health sector.

He said: “This ambulance is the second we are donating in fulfillment of our promise to DELSUTH.

“It is our pleasure and we hope this will serve its purpose. In the next few years when we come to check, we want to see it still being used actively. Our passion as a company is on safety and ensuring that we are actively giving back to every sector of the country.”

Responding, Prezr thanked and their partners for gesture, noting that corporate social responsibility should be targeted at the end users.

“Today, this gift serves this. The one you gave to us last year is fully operational and has been extremely useful in the fight against the coronavirus in Delta State.

“This second ambulance will surely boost our capacity to tame the scourge,” he said.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
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NPDC targets 500,000 barrel of LPG daily production



The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) says it is targeting 500,000 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) daily production to meet local demand and end the importation of the product.

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, said this on Wednesday while inspecting the 100-million capacity Oredo Integrated Gas Handling Facility (IGHF) in Ologbo, Edo.

Kyari said that the company had lined up some projects to facilitate the realisation of the target within two years.

He said: “About one year ago, NPDC was producing about 136,000 barrels per day. Today we are producing 260,000 barrels per day.

“This is a very magnificent level of growth in any upstream company and our target is to take the company to the production level of 500,000 barrels per day.

“This is possible within two years. We have lined up a number of projects and activities and today we have the highest number of rings running in the country.

“We have five rings running at the same time, adding incremental value and delivering major projects which will ultimately take us to the production of the 500,000 barrels per day.”

He further said that the Oredo IGHF plant was a gas conditioning and processing facility deployed to recover and fractionate Natural Gas Liquid.

He said that the plant had a capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet of gas per day with estimated product stream of 330 tons daily.

According to him, this is very monumental compared to the current level, where all the supplies, except those coming from the NLNG, are coming from imports.

“We are trying to contain importation of gas because Nigeria is blessed with gas resource and cannot be importing LPG.

“Completing this project is a monumental feat for this country and ultimately what is important is that Nigeria will be sufficient in LPG within a short period of time.

“With the support from President Muhammadu Buhari, gas will now be delivered without interruption into the domestic market.

“The same for the supply of crude oil to the international market by our own company.

“Today, we are making about five billion standard cubic feet of gas into the entire domestic market, including the NLNG supply of about 3.5 billion,” Kyari said.

He said that the balance of 1.5 billion or a little more than that would come into the domestic market to be shared between power and industries.

Also, the Managing Director of NPDC, Mansur Sambo, said that with the completion of the plant, NPDC would have achieved flare out in OML 111 and other neighbouring fields in line with the Federal Government’s directives.

Sambo explained that the Oredo IGHF plant would boost power generation in Nigeria with more gas delivery to the power sector.

“The largest contributor of gas to the domestic market and the power sector is NPDC.

NPDC contributes about a billion standard cubic feets gas production to the entire mix of production and majority of it goes into the domestic market,” he said.

Edited By: Sam Oditah/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)






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