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