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Host Communities brace up for 2 billion naira power projects,Industrial park

By Ade Akinmola

As the Otakikpo Marginal field in OML 11 Andoni Local Governement of Rivers state moves towards production,the indigenes of Ikuru town community and adjoining communities of Ayama Ekede,Ugama Ekede, Asuk ama and ASUK Oyet are in expectant mood following the arrival of 6 MW generators for the provision of uninterrupted electricity for the communities.Installation works has also commenced for the project.The Electricity project which is expected to boost the economic empowerment of the fishing communities was part of the commitment of Green Energy International ltd (GEIL), the Operator of the field and its Technical Partner,Lekoil towards utilizing the gas produced on the marginal field for power generation and domestic gas production.

Part of the package to transform the area economically is the plan to encourage the communities to establish an Industrial park, where companies can leverage on the uninterrupted electricity for industrial use and small scale industries. The total initial cost of the Electricity project is in excess of N2billion

The Director of Sustainable Development of GEIL, Mr Ayo Olojede told newsmen in Abuja that the company is presently processing application with the regulator for the installation of Gas processing facility to extract LPG and Condensate from the wet associated gas from the Otakikpo Wells.Under its corporate social responsibility, GEIL and its partner has designed a scheme with the communities that would involve local entrepreneurs to distribute the LPGs within and outside communities.

He stated that the company in addition introduced a unique Community engagement strategy of embarking on community development projects under a Trust Fund costing over N1 billion in all the communities even when no oil,has been lifted from the Marginal field,adding that the communities have become partners in progress for the project

It would be recalled that the Otakikpo Marginal Field was designed as a Pilot scheme to demonstrate the applicability of the Small Scale Gas Utilization Program (SSGUP) concept of the Federal Government to eliminate gas flaring and promote Utilisation of gas derived from the field to energize the economic potentials of the Oil producing communities.

It is hoped that the successful pilot will lead more marginal fields to embrace the concept.This will decrease gas flaring for small and medium E&P companies in alignment with Federal Government zero gas flaring policy, he said

Meanwhile,the Technical Director of the company, Dr Bunu Alibe, stated that the company has commenced a production test , by producing into onshore tanks which is a critical milestone for the company and its Technical Partner- Lekoil towards meeting its objective of producing the field The field which has the capacity of adding about 10,000 bpd to national production output within a short period of time has its 6 km pipeline already completed

>> He thanked all the staff of the company, it's stakeholders and the regulator for the success of the exercise.