17 marginal oilfields currently producing in Nigeria – NUPRC From left; Council Chairman, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Prof. Olalekan Olafuyi (left); Managing Executive, Falcon Corporation, Audrey Joe-EzigThe Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) says 17 marginal oilfields are currently producing out of 30 fields awarded since its inception in 1999.Mr Gbenga Komolafe, Commission’s Chief Executive, NUPRC, made this known at the Association of Energy Correspondents of Nigeria (NAEC) Strategic International Conference on Thursday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference has as its theme, “Energy Transition: “Shaping the Future of Nigeria’s Energy Industry, an Appraisal of PIA, Evolving Benefits and Challenges.
”Komolafe, represented by Mr Abel Nsa, Head, National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC), said marginal fields award was initiated to increase participation of indigenous companies in the upstream sector and build local content capacity.
He said it was also targeted at creatingemployment opportunities and encouraging increased capital inflow to the sector and create employment opportunities.
Komolafe said: “Since its inception, a total of 30 fields have been awarded, 17 currently producing.
“A breakdown of the allocation of the fields to indigenous operators is as follows: two fields awarded in 1999, 24 in 20032004, one each in 2006 and 2007, and two in 2010.“10 years after, in 2020, 57 fields were put up for bidding.
”It will be recalled that one of the major tasks inherited by the NUPRC, upon its inauguration last year, was the need to conclude the 2020 Marginal Field Bid Round exercise.
“Consequently, we pursued the matter frontally and are delighted to inform you that the exercise, which commenced in June 2020, has been concluded with the issuance of Petroleum Prospecting License (PPL)to the deserving awardees.
“The issuance of the PPL has ushered in a new dawn for our indigenous operators to hit the ground running in developing their awarded assets in line with industry best practices and to take full advantage of the increasing crude price in the international market.
”He, however, noted that the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) had brought an end to the era of marginal field awards.
Komolafe said Section 94(9) of the Act states that “No new marginal field shall be declared under this Act.”“Accordingly, the minister shall now award PPL on undeveloped fields following an open, fair, transparent, competitive, and non-discriminatory bidding process in line with Sections 73 and 74 of the Act,” he said.
On the implementation of the PIA, the CCE said the commission had issued six priority regulations.
He said they are: Nigeria Upstream Host Communities DevelopmentRegulations, Nigeria Upstream Fees and Rents Regulations, Nigeria Royalty Regulations, Conversion and Renewal Regulations.
Komolafe said others are Domestic Gas Delivery Obligations Regulations and Licensing Round Regulations.
He said the commission was also in the process of issuing additional seven regulations in the phase two of the exercise in consultation with stakeholders in line with Section 216 of the PIA.
Also, Mrs Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, a former President of Nigeria Gas Association (NGA), said Nigeria must take advantage of the ongoing Russia- Ukraine crisis to attract investors to develop its abundant gas resources.
According to her, Africa and indeed Nigeria have a high energy poverty that can be transformed to opportunities by investors.
Joe-Ezigbo said: “We know Nigeria has very vast gas reserves and it is these reserves that we can channel for electricity generation through gas powered energy plants.
“Gas also has the potential to be a very key driver of industrialisation or rapid economic advancement, as we’ve seen in several European countries.
“They’ve used gas to power their economies as feedstock and fuel for their industries.
“And really, we want a situation where Nigeria becomes one of those countries that is listed when we’re talking about nations that have leveraged their resources to build their economies.
The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) says it has placed focus on four cardinal areas for sustainable gas development and utilisation in the country.
The commission said that the four cardinal areas were gas reserves growth, optimised gas production, domestic gas utilisation and gas flare elimination.
Mr Gbenga Komolafe, Commission’s Chief Executive, NUPRC, made this known at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) on Monday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria that the conference had as its theme: “Global Transition to Renewable and Sustainable Energy and the Future of Oil and Gas in Africa.
” Komolafe, represented by Mr Abel Nsa, Head, National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC), urged other African countries to adopt suitable anchor points and roadmaps similar to what had been outlined by the commission.
According to him, this will enable them to achieve the right energy mix while decarbonising their oil and gas development.
He noted that Nigeria had huge abundant gas resources which had been adopted by the country as its energy transition fuel.
Komolafe said the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 was aimed at eliminating bottlenecks in the oil and gas sector to attract more investments.
He said: “We are positioning gas as our transition fuel while adopting phased down approach in our energy transition quest geared toward paying greater attention to the development of untapped gas resources.
“This energy source with low carbon footprint would serve as the transition fuel in meeting our energy security as a nation.
“Fortunately, several African countries including Nigeria, Algeria, Mozambique, Egypt and Libya, among others are blessed with huge gas reserves.
“With a total of over 620 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves and 125.3 billion barrels of crude oil, the future of upstream oil and gas in Africa is promising.
” Komolafe, however, noted that it required the right legislative framework and a change in policy direction for maximum economic recovery and energy sustenance.
He added that the PIA had generous fiscal provisions aimed toward attracting investment not just for oil development but for harnessing of the rich gas potential of the nation which was among the highest in the world.
Also, Prof. Olalekan Olafuyi, the Chairman, SPE Nigeria Council, said the world was facing the challenges of balancing the urgency of transition to cleaner energy with the obvious energy deficit and economic challenges experienced in recent times.
Olafuyi said: “It is expected that the adaptive strategies for energy transition should be adopted in Africa.
“The status quo in the African energy supply is very obvious.
Africa and Nigeria in particular, are still struggling with endemic energy poverty as compared to the developed regions of the world.
” He said this was further worsened by the divestment by major international operators and funding challenges for oil and gas businesses.
“This leaves the indigenous stakeholder in a situation of choosing to continue with the oil and gas business or channeling the attention to renewable energy sources.
“This question is in the mindset of stakeholders in the energy business and policy space are the main reason we are here at this conference,” Olafuyi said.