The weekly activities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) began as staff were urged to prepare for higher levels of efficiency in 2022 as it now operates under the Companies and Allied Affairs Act (CAMA).
Addressing the workforce at the first corporate town hall meeting for 2022, NNPC GMD/CEO Malam Mele Kyari outlined the changes ahead.
Kyari assured that no member of the NNPC workforce would lose their job as a result of the impending reforms to be introduced under the PIA transition, but that they must be productive, accountable and transparent in their work.
He called for maximum dedication in the performance of their duties in order to improve profitability, noting that under the PIA, the company would operate as a contractor to the nation at large.
The NNPC CEO also said that Nigerians were expecting nothing more than higher profit levels.
Kyari explained that all asset transfers and structural changes associated with the transition process will be completed before the end of the year.
Speaking on behalf of NNPC staff, Group Executive Director, Corporate Services, Ms. Aisha Katagum, pledged the commitment of the entire workforce to accomplish the tasks set out as spelled out by /CEO.
Meanwhile, NNPC Limited executed various Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and agreements with some joint venture partners, strategic allies and stakeholders in 2021.
These agreements were aimed at strengthening the corporation's profitability throughout its operational value chain.
They were also designed in line with the national objectives of the oil and gas industry on the repositioning of gas for rapid expansion of the national, regional and export markets.
The first execution of these agreements began with the signing of Final Investment Decision (FID) partners, DSV Engineering and the Nigerian Content Development and Oversight Board (NCDMB), for the $3.6 billion Brass Methanol Plant. dollars in Odioma, Brass Island, Bayelsa.
The project, upon completion, would be the largest methanol plant in Africa and the first in Nigeria.
Anchored Project Fertilizer and Petrochemical Company Limited (BFPCL), is an incorporated entity owned by DSV Engineering and NCDMB
Speaking at the event, NNPC Limited GMD/CEO Malam Mele Kyari said he was pleased with the Government's ongoing efforts to provide value to Nigeria's gas resources.
He described the FID as one of the most significant investment developments in the gas sector in recent times, noting that the project coincided with the previous declaration of 2020 as the year of gas and 2021-2030 as the decade of state gas. for Petroleum Resources.NNPC GMD Malam Mele Kyari
The construction phase of the project would create some 30,000 temporary jobs in addition to the 5,000 permanent jobs that would be created when the plant comes online.
Another major gas development deal was the signing of a $260 million deal with Assa-North-Ohaji South (ANOH) Gas Processing Company Limited (AGPC) for the financing of the ANOH Gas Project in February.
ANOH Gas Processing Company Limited (AGPC) is an incorporated joint venture owned 50:50 by Gas Company (NGC), a wholly owned subsidiary of NNPC and Seplat Petroleum Development Company.
The ANOH Gas Project, which has been described as a game changer, another milestone in the journey to deliver more gas to the domestic market for the promotion of power generation and rapid industrialization in the country.Gas flaring comes to an end in Nigeria
It would deliver 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mscfd) and 1,200 megawatts of power when completed.
NNPC's gas development and commercialization program received another boost with the signing of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 143 Gas Development Agreement (GDA), Sterling Oil Exploration and Production Company (SEEPCO).
The project would boost the country's gas production by 1.2 trillion cubic feet (tcf).
GMD/CEO NNPC Ltd Kyari said gas from the project would be processed at the 125 million standard cubic feet (mmscf) per day Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon Limited (AHL) gas plant located in Kwale, Delta State.
SEEPCO Group Managing Director, Mr. Tony Chukwueke, said the OML 143 GDA was unique in two ways.
“First, it is the first Agreement in Nigeria to completely separate gas development from oil production, an agreement that will enable the holistic development of gas potential in the block.
“And it is the first of its kind to expressly include terms that encourage the contractor to be effective in managing costs, generating significant revenue for the Federal Government, NNPC and other stakeholders.”Port Harcourt Refinery
Also in May 2021, GMD/CEO Kyari directed the NNPC to sign a series of agreements with Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) and other PSC partners.
PSC partners include Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPNG), Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) and Nigerian Agip Exploration (NAE) to renew Oil Mining Lease (OML) 118 for a further 20 years.
The execution of these agreements resolved the disputes surrounding the Deep Offshore Block, OML 118, which led to the renovation of that acreage with the prospect of a new investment of 10 billion naira in the development of the Bonga South-East Field.
The five signed agreements include, Dispute Settlement Agreement, Settlement Agreement, Historic Gas Agreement, Custody Agreement and Renewed PSC Agreement; all of these agreements would further boost the nation's oil production.
It is worth noting that the OML 118 dispute lasted for more than 12 years before Kyari intervened.
His knife of conciliatory leadership has cut through several seemingly irreconcilable and protracted disputes in the oil industry.
This is yet another indicator of the fact that NNPC places a priority on ensuring and maintaining a cordial and peaceful relationship between all of its stakeholders and partners.Governor Nasir El-Rufai
Still in 2021, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation's (NNPC) push to increase refining capacity in the country was bolstered by contracts for the rehabilitation of the 210,000-barrel-per-day capacity Port Harcourt refinery in Alesa-Eleme, Rivers and the Warri and Kaduna refineries, in July and August.
The PHRC rehabilitation project, which had a completion time of between 18 and 44 months in a three-phase agreement, was awarded to Milan-based Tecnimont SpA for an overall contract price of $1.5 billion, including VAT and other legal payments.
An elated NNPC GMD, Kyari, described the PHRC rehabilitation project as a dream come true, noting that the project was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's promise to the Nigerian people to make the refineries work.
In August, the NNPC, responding to a presidential directive, stepped in and provided a solution to the perennial power supply challenge in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The intervention saw the execution of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Equipment Procurement contracts for a 50 Megawatt (MW) Emergency Power Project in Maiduguri.
The project, which had become an integral part of the ongoing efforts to deepen the NNPC's domestic gas utilization plan for the nation's socio-economic growth, had China Machinery Engineering Company (CMEC) as the EPC contractor, while General Electric (GE) became the equipment manufacturer.Governor Abdullahi Sule
Speaking at the opening ceremony, NNPC GMD/CEO Kyari explained that the Corporation, through its subsidiary, NNPC Gas and Power Investment Company (NGPIC), decided to intervene in the Maiduguri Energy Situation Project, which is would fire with liquefied natural gas. Gas (LNG) and operate commercially.
The Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Natural Gas Pipeline was also conceptualized to transport natural gas from Ajaokuta in Kogi State to Kano in Kano State through various states and urban centers as part of the pipeline. trans nigeria.
Three of the contiguous states, Kaduna, Kano and Nasarawa signed different agreements with the NNPC in conjunction with the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria, GACN for the expansion and utilization of gas supply to their states.
At the MoU Execution Ceremony, NNPC GMD/CEO Malam Mele Kyari described the signing of the agreement as another turning point in the Federal Government's Gas Decade initiative, which aims to utilize the abundant gas resources of the nation to feed the nation's economy.
Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai said the state government was delighted at the prospect of having an additional energy source to power the state's businesses.
In Nasarawa, the signing of the MoU, which was the climax of the well-organized Nasarawa Business Round Table, was witnessed by the Governor of the State, Ing. Abdullahi Sule, GMD/CEO NNPC Limited, Kyari, and the Executive Director of the Gas Group & Power, NNPC Ltd, Mr. Mohammed Abdulkabir Ahmed.
Other attendees at the event included Group General Manager, NNPC Group Public Affairs, Malam Garba Muhammad, Nigerian Gas Marketing Company General Manager, Eze Justin Ezeala, and Axxela CEO, Mr. Bolaji Osunsanya.
Governor Abdullahi Sule called on the indigenous people of the state to take advantage of respective opportunities in the gas value chain, such as gas distribution, CNG stations, captive/integrated power generation, LPG trading, the commercialization of gas torches, among others.
It should be noted that these various agreements represent an important step in NNPC's marketing campaign and, more importantly, in the federal government's gas expansion program.
With the signing of the PIA and the subsequent transformation of the NNPC into a fully commercial entity, operating under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, the multiplier effects of these agreements on the ongoing reforms of the NNPC and the oil industry are truly enormous. .
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By Edith Ike-Eboh & Emmanuel Afonne
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) began its week with the task of normalising the supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) at different filling stations in the country especially the FCT following the strike embarked upon by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) over remuneration.
The normalisation started with the corporation increasing the daily supply of petrol across the country from 550 trucks to 1,661 trucks to combat the buildup of fuel queues in some parts of the country.
It would be recalled that the intervention of Malam Mele Kyari, NNPC Group Managing Director, led to the suspension of the strike by the PTD for one week.
Speaking in a similar vein at the State House after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Kyari assured that with the resumption of loading, normalcy would soon return to the fuel stations across the country.
He said the ex-depot price of petrol would remain the same for the month of May, urging marketers not to engage in arbitrary price increase.
Kyari urged motorists to avoid panic buying in order not to compound the situation.
He called on stakeholders in the downstream sector to collaborate with the NNPC to ensure a quick return to the zero-fuel queues situation that Nigerians had been enjoying before the unfortunate disruption of the distribution chain.
Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr Musa Lawan, in the same vein said that there are about two billion litres of PMS in strategic depots across the country to keep the nation well supplied for two months if no drop of fuel was imported in that period.
The PPMC boss explained that the disruption in the distribution chain was caused by the strike embarked upon by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) over remuneration.
He assured that with the suspension of the strike upon the intervention of the GMD of NNPC, and the resumption of loading, coupled with the extension of loading time, normalcy would soon return to the filling stations.
Also in the week, the Petroleum Tanker Drivers section of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) suspended its industrial action.
This followed the intervention of the GMD of the NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari after a meeting brokered between the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) at the NNPC Towers, Abuja.
Kyari said the Corporation was committed to resolving the issues between both bodies in the interest of Nigerians.
He promised to rally all relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, within seven days to take a critical look at the issues with a view to providing lasting solutions to the problem.
“The PTD went on strike due to the inability of their employers, NARTO, to increase their compensation. We have given commitment to both NARTO and PTD that we will resolve the underlining issues within a week and come back to the table so that we have a total closure on it,” Kyari explained.
The National Chairman of the PTD, Mr Salmon Oladiti, while announcing suspension of the strike, said the decision was based on the intervention of the GMD of the NNPC.
Also speaking, the President of NARTO, Mr Yusuf Othman, and the Chairman, Ardova Plc/President of the Prudent Group, Mr Abdulwasiu Sowami, who spoke on behalf of other marketers, commended the NNPC boss for his prompt initiative to wade into the matter.
Other issues discussed were the need for close collaboration with products marketers and security agencies to curtail the challenge of smuggling, seamless payment transactions between Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF) and marketers, and equitable distribution of PMS to all petroleum products marketing companies.
Within the week, a group of petroleum tanker owners in Nigeria under the auspices of the Association of Distributors and Transporters of Petroleum Products (ADITOP) visited the NNPC Towers to appreciate the GMD of the NNPC for his efforts to bring sanity into the downstream sector of the oil industry.
Speaking during the visit, the National President of ADITOP, Alhaji Lawal Mohammed, expressed delight at the achievements of the Corporation under the leadership of Malam Mele Kyari, especially in the area of stakeholder engagement.
“This singular action of meeting with us defines you as a leader with limitless leadership humility and untiring capacity for encouraging the concept of stakeholder management and eagerness to carry us along in every public policy engagements of the NNPC concerning the oil and gas value chain,” Mohammed said.
He pledged the group’s support for NNPC, adding that they were ready to place their trucks and retail outlets at the disposal of the Corporation for any pilot programme and investment initiative.
Kyari pledged to work with the petroleum products distributors to sustain the prevailing sanity in the downstream sector.
Also in the week, the gas development and commercialisation programme of the NNPC received a boost with the execution of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 143 Gas Development Agreement (GDA) by the NNPC and its partner, Sterling Oil Exploration and Production Company (SEEPCO).
The project would boost the nation’s gas production by 1.2trillion cubic feet (tcf).
Speaking at the signing ceremony which took place at the NNPC Towers, Kyari said the gas commercialisation strategy of the Corporation was in tandem with the Federal Government’s National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP).
Kyari added that the gas from the project would be processed at the Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon Limited (AHL) 125million standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas per day gas plant located in Kwale, Delta State.
“This opens a gateway for other opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry, not just SEEPCO Group but for other companies too.
“We are happy that this will unlock significant volumes of gas which will deliver 125mmscfd to the Midstream plant that you have built.
“This is a great milestone for us and we are happy to do business with you. You are a very reliable partner because when you say things, you get them done,” Kyari said.
He said the development of OML 143 would bring value for the Federal Government, NNPC and SEEPCO Group which would in turn boost the nation’s economy.
Group Managing Director of SEEPCO, Mr Tony Chukwueke, said the OML 143 GDA is a major milestone for the country because it was the first Agreement in Nigeria that fully separates gas development from oil production.
Chukwueke noted that the arrangement would enable holistic development of the gas potential in the block.
He further explained that the GDA was a significant step as it was the first of its kind to expressly include terms that encourage the contractor to be effective in its cost management thereby passing on significant revenue to the Federal Government, NNPC and other stakeholders.
“I will like to take this opportunity to thank the GMD NNPC for his contribution to Nigeria and also recommit that SEEPCO is determined to play its role in the energy industry in Nigeria,” Chukwueke said.Group Managing Director of SEEPCO, Mr Tony-Chukwueke with Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari at signing of OML 143 Gas Development Deal
The Gas Development Agreement is required, pursuant to the Production Sharing Contract obligations, to set out the terms for the development of the 1.2tcf Non-Associated Gas oil block by SEEPCO which is the Contractor with the NNPC as the Concessionaire.
The additional gas supply from the project would raise the nation’s gas production profile, make dry gas available for the proposed 650 megawatts NNPC/SEEPCO Independent Power Plant, boost in-country supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and general domestic gas utilization, increase energy security, and create job opportunities for Nigerians.
In another development, the National Defence College (NDC), during the week commended the NNPC for its efforts at sustaining energy security for the nation.
The Commandant of NDC, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji, who gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, also hailed the Corporation’s focus on transparency in its business operations.
He said that NNPC’s commitment to transparency and accountability has brought value to the nation, adding that with the right attitude and focus, government enterprise can thrive.
“The NNPC continues to impact the lives and livelihood of Nigerians positively through well thought-out policies and programmes.
“The transparency in the conduct of NNPC’s businesses over the last three years is unprecedented and worthy of emulation by other organisations of government,” Daji said.
Responding, Kyari called for deeper collaboration between NNPC and the NDC, stressing that such collaboration could engender efficient business operations in the oil and gas industry.
He urged the NDC to consider introducing a course in energy security as it was a strategic area critical to the maintenance of the nation’s oil and gas reserves.
“I don’t know the curriculum in the NDC, but obviously, energy security is part of national security,” Kyari said.
He assured that NNPC would continue to support the security agencies in their role of protecting the nation’s assets.
In the week under review, the NNPC Trading, a subsidiary of the NNPC, was certified as fully compliant with the National Fire Safety Code.
The approval was given by the Federal Fire Service (FFS) at an event where the Comptroller General of FFS, Mr Liman Ibrahim, issued the NNPC Trading with the Fire Safety Certificate.
Speaking at the event, the Comptroller General of FFS who was represented by the Chief Superintendent, Oluseyi Oduye, commended the Management of NNPC Trading for taking the necessary measures toward ensuring that its office complex is a safe working environment.
He said the NNPC’s strategy of optimising safety to actualise its business objectives was a good idea, urging the Managing Director of NNPC Trading to continue to comply with fire safety rules and regulations.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of the NNPC Trading, Mr Lawal Sade, said the NNPC Group has a culture of safety which places high premium on the safety of employees, facilities and equipment of the organisation.
“Over the years, the NNPC has been known as a responsible entity that does not toy with the safety of its human capital and material assets.
“Our organisation has a robust policy on safety, which is strictly followed in all our operations across the country and beyond,” Sade said.
The NNPC Trading boss assured that his leadership would ensure that all safety operating standards were fully upheld in line with the NNPC policy of zero-tolerance for workplace accidents.
He added that efforts would be made to upgrade the company’s safety facilities from time to time.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the certificate is a statutory requirement for insurance coverage of the NNPC Trading complex and a standard requirement of the Fire Service Act (1963) part 2 of the National Fire Service Code.
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By Edith Ike-Eboh
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) signed a gas development agreement (GDA) with Sterling Oil Exploration and Production Company (SEEPCO) for the execution of the oil exploitation lease (OML) 143.
Malam Mele Kyari, chief executive of the NNPC group, revealed this in a statement by the group's managing director, group's public affairs division, Dr Kennie Obateru, in Abuja on Thursday.
He revealed that the project would increase the country's gas production by 1.2 trillion cubic feet (tcf).
Kyari said the company's gas marketing strategy is in line with the National Gas Expansion Program (NGEP).
He added that the project gas would be processed at the Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon Limited (AHL) 125 million standard cubic feet (mmscf) gas per day gas plant located in Kwale, Delta state.
“This opens a gateway to other opportunities in the oil and gas industry, not only for the SEEPCO group, but also for other companies.
“We are happy that this unlocks significant volumes of gas that will supply 125mmscfd to the Midstream plant you built.
“Of course, this is an important step for us and we are happy to do business with you. You are a very reliable partner because when you say things, you accomplish them, ”Kyari said.
SEEPCO Group Managing Director Tony Chukwueke said the GDA was the first agreement in Nigeria that completely separates gas development from oil production.
He said the arrangement would allow holistic development of gas potential in the block.
He explained that the GDA was an important step because it was the first of its kind to expressly include conditions that encourage the entrepreneur to be efficient in his cost management.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the GMD, NNPC for their contribution in Nigeria and reaffirm that SEEPCO is determined to play its role in the energy industry in Nigeria,” he said.
The GDA is required, in accordance with the obligations of the Production Sharing Contract, to define the conditions for the development of the unassociated block of diesel of 1.2 tcf by SEEPCO which is the contractor with the NNPC as Concessionaire.
The additional gas supply from the project would increase the nation's gas production profile, make dry gas available for the proposed 650 megawatt independent NNPC / SEEPCO power plant.
It will also boost the country's supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and general use of domestic gas, increase energy security and create jobs for Nigerians. (NOPE)(NAN)
By Edith Ike-Eboh & Emmanuel Afonne
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) this week continued its busy schedule in its avowed efforts to fulfill its mandate to ensure a strong, reliable and efficient oil and gas sector in the country,
The company started its weekly activities on March 29, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some of its partners and also explaining the level of transparency, especially with the rehabilitation of refineries and the benefits that would flow from the partnership. .
Malam Mele Kyari, Managing Director of NNPC Group, while welcoming the management team of the Nigeria Extractive Industries and Transparency Initiative (NEITI) led by its Executive Secretary, Dr Orji Ogbonaya Orji, at NNPC Towers, Abuja, highlighted obviously the private sector plans to finance some of its projects.
He said that the publication of the company's audited financial statements had significantly improved investor confidence in the company and helped the swift facilitation of the financing deal for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery by African Export. Import Bank (Afreximbank).
“Since choosing to disclose our financial statements, the speed with which we close financial transactions has been monumental. We are now closing transactions a quarter of the time we used to do and this is very critical, ”noted the GMD.
He reaffirmed the company's commitment to work with NEITI and urged the executive secretary and members of his management team to take advantage of the details of the company's operations, in particular the monthly engagement with the allocation committee. Federation Accounts (FAAC) on the NNPC website.
On March 30, the company also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and other partners to promote gas production.
The NCDMB, NNPC, Brass Fertilizer and Petrochemical Company Ltd. (BFPCL) along with DSV Engineering, signed two key agreements for the construction of a 10,000 ton per day methanol plant and a standard 500 million cubic feet per day gas processing plant in Odeama, Laiton, Bayelsa.
NCDMB Executive Secretary Mr. Simbi Wabote signed for the board while Operations Director, Gas & Power, NNPC, Mr. Usman Yusuf, and BFPCL General Manager, Chief Ben Okoye, signed for their companies respectively.
The first agreement was the Membership Agreement between BFPCL, DSV Engineering, NNPC and NCDMB Capacity Development Intervention Company Ltd. by guarantee.Signature of an agreement between BFPCL, DSV Engineering, NNPC and NCDMB
The second agreement was the share subscription agreement between BFPCL, DSV Engineering and NCDMB Capacity Development Intervention Company Ltd. by guarantee.
These agreements confirmed the allocation of 18 percent of the authorized share capital of BFPCL to NCDMB.
Wabote stressed the need for indigenous institutions and businesses to launch projects that would create value in the country and employment opportunities for young Nigerians.
"The opportunities offered by this project in terms of job creation, gas use and local availability of methanol for primary and secondary users are enormous and we are delighted to serve as a catalyst for the realization of the project," said he added.
Wabote also said the project will create 15,000 jobs during the construction phase and 5,000 additional jobs during the operation phase.
He insisted that the Nigerian oil and gas industry could not continue to wait for only operational international oil and gas companies to introduce projects.
In his remarks, COO, Gas & Power, NNPC, Mr. Usman Yusuf said he was pleased that the project is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's recent statement of a decade of gas and would help correct the current anomaly where 100% of the country's methanol needs were currently imported.
He argued that gas is becoming increasingly important for Nigeria's sustainability and will also play a key role in the energy transition.
Usman added that gas was essential for food processing and could lead the country to food sufficiency, industrialization, increased gross domestic product and energy sufficiency.
He also said the two methanol projects would help Nigeria save foreign exchange and significantly improve local production.
The same week, the company also expressed its willingness to partner with South Korean companies to ensure the infrastructure development of its subsidiaries.
The NNPC GMD, who declared themselves ready when they welcomed South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria Kim Yong Chae to the NNPC towers, said the partnership would improve the economic fortunes of both countries.
Chae said his country believed the partnership with the Nigerian government was a step in the right direction.
It should be recalled that the NNPC GMD Mele Kyari, during the pre-summit conference on the “Gas Decade” in the week under review, also expressed the company's desire to increase local gas consumption in the country. .
Kyari, who was the guest speaker at the conference, noted that the company was not only interested in ensuring infrastructure development for efficient operation, but comprehensive development for optimal outcome.
“Nigeria, under the visionary leadership of President Buhari, has committed enormous resources to ensure that the domestic gas infrastructure reaches all corners of our country to deepen the use of natural gas.
"It was also aimed at stimulating investment in the electricity and gas industries, growing the economy and creating jobs for millions of our young people."
According to Kyari, Nigeria, as a gas nation with more than 203 trillion standard cubic feet (tscf) of proven gas reserves, is monetizing the enormous gas resources boosted by numerous political and industrial interventions since 2016, resulting in the declaration of 2020 as the year of gas. and progress in the gas decade from 2021.
He added that NNPC and its partners have embarked on a number of strategic projects to deepen gas delivery in the domestic market and increase the accumulation of greater export potentials.
“The completion of phase two of the Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline system (ELPS II), the commissioning of batch two of Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben (OB3), the NPDC Oredo gas handling facility and SEEPCO gas processing plant can be easily cited.
“We also have strategic gas infrastructure projects underway, such as the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline, the OB3 final connection, the Nigeria-Morocco pipeline and several other initiatives in the gas sector.
"All of this will herald the sunrise of the gas revolution in our country in the decade," said the GMD. (NOPE)
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The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, says the Federal Government is committed to boosting hydrocarbon resources for export, so as to create employment opportunities across the country.
Ikeazor made this known in a statement issued by Mr Saghir el Mohammed, Director Press in the ministry, on Sunday in Abuja
Addressing stakeholders on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed Ameshi and Enyi Field Development Project, by Sterling Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SEEPCO), Ikeazor said that the commitment was one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration.
She, however, said that the exploration of the abundant hydrocarbon reserves must be done in an environmentally sustainable and friendly manner so that the potential negative impact of any exploration project are identified and mitigation measures put in place.
Ikeazor said one of the objectives of the present administration in the oil and gas industry was to optimally utilise our proven reserves to boost earnings and provide employment opportunities for various categories of professionals, together with the skilled and semi-skilled labour force.
“Towards this end, and in exercise of its regulatory responsibilities, the ministry of environment has observed that SEEPCO did not obtain all the required regulatory permits before embarking on drilling at a site, in clear violation of section 62 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act.
“Consequently, a stop-work order of July 6, 2020 was issued to SEEPCO,” she said.
Ikeazor charged stakeholders to come up with far-reaching ideas and recommendations that could assist in making the proposed Amechi FDP a development project that would be executed at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.
Earlier in his remarks, Anambra governor Willie Obiano said that the stakeholders’ meeting was a follow up to a series of complaints from the state government on the exploration activities of SEEPCO in the state.
He said that the meeting was aimed at looking at and resolving issues between the state government and Sterling Petroleum so as to create a conducive working environment in the development of the oil and gas potential of the state.
While welcoming the minister to the state, the governor expressed the hope that her visit will avail her the opportunity of seeing first-hand the activities of SEEPCO, whose activities in the state had led to what he called disastrous environmental degradation of the Ogwu-Ikpele and Ogwu Aniocha communities in Agbaru Local Government Area.
“Their operation has further worsened the plight and living conditions of those communities, thereby creating palpable tension and restiveness that were uncommon before the company arrived.
“We are counting on you to ensure that SEEPCO complies with the EIA requirement, so that we can leave no stone unturned in our quest to become a member of the oil and gas producing state in the country,” Obiano said.
Edited By: Mouktar Adamu
The Anambra Government has said it would enforce the order which stopped all petroleum mining activities in Oguikpele and Ogwuanocha communities both in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state until the company involved formalised and regularised its activities.
Gov. Willie Obiano said this on Monday in Awka at a meeting between the Anambra Oil and Gas Development Committee (AOGDC), Ogwuikpele and Ogwuanocha Communities on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Obiano, who was represented by Mrs Patricia Igwebuike, his Special Adviser on Petroleum Resources and Legal Matters, expressed displeasure that Sterling Oil Exploration and Energy Production Company (SEEPCO) engaged in illegal exploration without interfacing with government and getting approval.
Igwebuike, who declared any agreement between the communities and SEEPCO without the knowledge of government null and void, chided the company for doing its business without any form of EIA or CSR to the host communities but rather was devastating the livelihood of the people.
She said the government would ensure that the livelihood of the host communities was protected and that their basics needs and rights like hospitals, schools, jetties, scholarship and necessary compensation was paid.
She urged the communities to remain united and shun illegal parley with the company as the government was there to ensure that the state and communities get their full benefit from the oil exploration activities of SEEPCO.
On his part, Prof. Charles Ofuegbu, Chairman of AOGDC, a renowned Mining Geologist, said there was proven evidence that SEEPCO had been exploring the petroleum from the Ogbaru end of the Anambra Basin for years without due process.
Ofuegbu said rather than site their collection point in Anambra, the company laid pipes running into hundreds of kilometres to Oguta in Imo and Okpai in Delta states as collection point.
He said series of petition had attracted the Senate to visit the site after which a high powered Federal Government Committee comprising Defence Headquarters, NNPC, Anambra Government and SEEPCO and Federal Ministry of Environment was set up to address the situation.
The chairman said the communiqué from the meeting jointly signed by the representatives dated on Sept. 15, directed that SEEPCO should repair and restore the devastation caused the environment and ensure that there was EIA for the field.
On his part, Mr Arinze Awogu, Transition Chairman of Ogbaru LGA, said the oil exploration activities in the council was already making some homesteads strangers in their lands because of massive environmental degradation.
Awogu said the absence of EIA was why petroleum mining and pipe laying activities had resulted to encroachment of the River Niger into people’s homes and farmland thereby making them strangers in their own lands.
He regretted that rather go into formal arrangement with relevant government authorities, SEEPCO was working hard to set the two communities against themselves by giving them paltry handouts.
He lauded the Anambra Government for its interest and urged the host communities not to yield to the divide and rule antics of the company.
Also, Igwe Oliver Nnaji, traditional ruler of Ogwuanocha, said he did not even enjoy the luxury of courtesy visit by the company until over two years when their presence was noticed.
Nnaji assured that Ogwuanocha and Ogwuikpele would cooperate with Anambra Government and relevant agencies in the bid to help them get their due share.
He regretted the extent of destruction that had happened to their environment as a result of the exploration activities.
Igwe Chukwuma Onyema, the traditional ruler of Ogwuikpele was represented by Emeodi Valentine a community leader. Other participants were the clergy, women leaders, youth leaders, civil society and security agencies, SEEPCO was not represented.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Sterling Exploration and Energy Production Company (SEEPCO) have signed an agreement for the development and commercialisation of gas from the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 143.
The corporation said this in a statement signed by NNPC spokesman, Dr Kennie Obateru in Abuja on Saturday.
The agreement will help to reduce gas flaring in the country.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, was quoted as saying that the execution of the deal was a great milestone and a testament to NNPC’s commitment to facilitating the nation’s transformation into a gas-powered economy.
“The deal will not only help reduce gas flaring and its environmental hazards, but will also promote gas production and utilisation in the domestic market,” it said.
He commended SEEPCO for its unwavering commitment to gas development and commercialisation in the country.
He said that this had led to the establishment of a Special Purpose Vehicle that would help expand gas utilisation in the country as a cleaner, cheaper and more reliable alternative form of energy.
Responding, SEEPCO Chairman, Mr Tony Chukwueke, described the deal as an essential partnership that would help the company fulfill the pledge it made to support the efforts of the Nigerian government to eliminate gas flaring by monetising it.
He described it as central to the achievement of the company’s cardinal objective of boosting the production of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), condensate and dry gas for the Nigerian market.
He said that the company had invested about 600 million dollars for that purpose.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Grace Yussuf