NIGERIA: Finally, Buhari Bids Bye To Niger Delta As NNPC, Chinese Company Begin Intensive Oil Search In BAUCHI
In a bid to become less dependent on the restive oil-rich Niger Delta, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), in line with President Muhammadu Buhari earlier directive has redoubled efforts to find oil in the north especially in the Nigeria's portion of the vast Chad Basin.
The NNPC in conjunction with a Chinese company, Bureau for Geophysical Corporation have pitched tents with Alkari, Darazo, Misau in Bauchi State to commence the drilling of oil wells in the region.
Dr. Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC made the disclosure during a working visit to Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar. While speaking in Bauchi, the NNPC boss reminded his chief host and other government officials that oil exploration activities first started in the region in 1974.
What informed Nigeria's decision to embark on oil exploration in the Gongola and Chad Basins was when other neighboring countries namely Chad, Niger and the Central African Republic struck oil and gas in commercial quantities in their respective portions of the Chad Basin. This he said continued intermittently until it came to a halt in 2014 due to insurgency and the resultant insecurity in the northeast.
His words: “NNPC’s renewed commitment for further exploration in the Gongola Basin is informed by directives to NNPC by President Muhammdu Buhari to resume oil exploration activities in Gongola and Chad Basins following successful commercial discoveries of oil and gas in neighbouring Niger, Chad and, the Central African Republic in their portion of the Chad Basin.”
“Based on a recent survey by a subsidiary of NNPC, the Integrated Data Service Limited, and with the acquisition of state of the art technology in present data acquisition, we are confident that these efforts will lead to a clearer definition if prospectivity in the region,” he stated.
While responding the Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, assured the visiting team that the Bauchi State Government will do everything within its powers to provide companies and its staff adequate security during and after their activities of which they would stand in need.