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Oil Search In the North: Buhari Directs Further Exploration in North East

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC is stepping up measures

to ensure a successful operation in the ongoing search for crude oil in

the Chad Basin and other parts of the Inland Sedimentary Basin even as

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for deeper inquest into the

prospectivity of some hitherto neglected finds in some areas in the North

Eastern part of Nigeria.
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru made

this disclosure on Monday while receiving the Governor of Bauchi State,

Mallam Mohammed Abubakar who was on a courtesy visit to the NNPC Towers,

Dr. Baru informed that the renewed search for hydrocarbon deposits in the

Chad Basin would entail extensive probing of some allocated and

non-allocated oil blocks in the region with a view to establishing the

magnitude of the deposits.
In his opening remarks, Mallam Abubakar said he is leading a delegation of

Bauchi State government officials to the NNPC Towers to felicitate with

the new GMD on his appointment noting that Bauchi State is proud of Baru

and his accomplishments so far in the oil and gas industry.

Briefing the visiting governor on the intensification of crude oil search

in the north, the NNPC GMD noted that the Corporation has identified

specific oil blocks in the area where some of the finds have been made and

would move to re-invigorate exploration based on fresh strategy.

“You know that very close home, we have exploration activities on the

frontier basin in the Chad and some areas close to the Kolmani river where

Shell had made  some indicative discovery of hydrocarbons and Mr.

President has directed me to go into that area to reprove and further

explore the magnitude and prospectivity of those finds . We are taking

steps to re-strategize and get into those regions. We will re-invigorate

the frontier exploration and see how they collaborate with NNPC that is

holding Block A09 where some of the finds have been made and also

Department for Petroleum Resources, DPR, for the other blocks that have

not been assigned,'' he said.
Baru implored the Bauchi State governor to collaborate with the

Corporation in tackling the menace of pipeline vandalism especially in the

wake of reported line breaks along the NNPC products supply line from

Jos-Gombe-Bauchi enroute the Maiduguri depot.
Lending backing to Baru's elevation to the position of GMD, Governor

Abubakar stated that the government and people of the State will continue

to support and pray for the GMD to ensure that his dreams for the NNPC

come to fruition as he steer the ship of NNPC away from obviously

turbulent waters amid tumbling crude oil prices. .
Also on Monday, the NNPC flagged off bid opening for the decommissioning

and installation of towers and masts in Lagos, Benin and Port Harcourt

area offices with eleven companies participating in the exercise.

Speaking during the bid opening ceremony at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, the

Manager Telecoms, Engr. Michael Ejike said reputable telecommunication

vendors with proven experience and capacity were invited to bid for the

decommissioning and installation of towers and masts in some NNPC

facilities to give it a facelift.
He noted that the eleven companies that submitted bid were required to bid

for any of the four refineries of their interest adding that the exercise

was geared towards providing equal opportunities for all bidders in a

transparent manner.
On her part, the General Manager, Supply Chain Management, Mrs. Sophia

Mbakwe said the result of the bid exercise would be ready in three weeks

assuring that all prospective vendors would receive equal treatment.

Commenting on the exercise, the Executive Director of one of the bidding 0

companies, Mr. Anthony Wokocha, applauded the NNPC for the transparent

conduct of the exercise and assured of the readiness of his company to

deliver on the mandate if considered.
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