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MPN Makes New Discovery To Boost Power Generation

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Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN), a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation, has made a new break through in power supply, as the company has announced a discovery  of a rich gas condensate, offshore in Akwa Ibom State in the Niger Delta region.

Authorities of MPN disclosed that the discovery was made in its Oil Mining License (OML) 104, which is approximately 75 kilometers offshore of Akwa Ibom.

Christened Pegi-1, the company said, “the discovery well was drilled in 315 feet (96 meters) of water to a total depth of 11, 407 feet (3, 477 meters), beneath the Awawa field, and encountered 165 net feet (50.3 meters) of rich gas condensate.”

Describing the discovery as another example of the company’s commitment to the growth of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, the Chairman and Managing Director of Mobil Producing, Mr. Mark Ward said the oil multinational is focused on developing oil and gas reserves and supplying natural gas that will boost commercial power production in line with the Federal Government’s aspiration.

Another statement by the company’s Executive Director, External Affairs, Mrs Glorai Essien-Danner, said the Pegi discovery is part of Exxon Mobil and NNPC’s Programme to increase oil and gas reserves and production capacity, and to also supply sufficient power and natural gas to the industry in Nigeria.

According to Essien-Danner, pending results from additional exploration planned in the area as well as development studies will determine the optimal plan for bringing this newly discovered resource into production.

Analysis of recovered samples, according to experts, indicates an American Petroleum Institute (API) gravity of approximately 41 degrees while significant additional potential remains in untested deeper targets within the Pegi fault block as well as in adjacent fault blocks.

Nigeria is regarded as more of a gas country than oil, with her gas reserves put at approximately 183.3 trillion standard cubic feet (TSCF), made up of associated gas (AG)  of 96.0 TSCF and non-associated gas of 87.2 TSCF, according to the calculations of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), which is the industry regulator.

Federal Government being conscious of the gas wealth in the nation, developed an ambitious gas master plan with a view to fast-tracking commitment to domestic gas obligation for Independent Power Projects (IPP) in line with government accelerated aspiration for electric power generation.

Unfortunately, however, inconsistency in policies, non-commercial gas pricing, finding, implementation and dearth of gas gathering infrastructure efforts in new gas finds have continued to hamper the policy.

 

Chris Oluoh

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Ex-Lawmaker Volunteers For Petroleum Sector Deregulation 

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An ex-lawmaker, Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, has announced that he is willing to serve as a volunteer in deregulating the country’s petroleum sector.
This follows the ex-lawmaker’s faulting of Nigeria losing over N5trilion annually as a result of fuel subsidy.
Bruce, who represented Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the 8th Senate, on his verified Twitter handle, decried what he described as ignorance and ineptitude of government agencies responsible for fuel subsidy.
“We cannot keep losing five trillion naira annually. I am able and willing, and I volunteer myself to lead the team to deregulate our petroleum sector.
“I will execute this flawlessly such that no Nigerian will be on the street protesting.
“The ineptitude and ignorance of the government agencies responsible for this are mind-boggling,” Bruce tweeted.

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Stakeholders Urge FG To Shift From Fossil Fuel

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Stakeholders in the extractive industry have said that as a fossil fuel dependent country, Nigeria must develop its own strategy to engage in shifting global focus away from oil.
This was the conversation at a recent one day capacity building workshop for media and Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria, organised by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, through its Natural Resource and Extractive Programme, in partnership with Natural Resource Governance Institute.
The hybrid workshop, themed, “Oil Dependency in Nigeria: Imagining a Future Beyond Oil”, had over 50 participants, including journalists from the extractive sector, CSOs, and social media influencers in attendance.
The workshop, according to the organisers, was geared towards improving the understanding of oil dependency and the nexus with energy transition to better communicate the impact on Nigeria and the Nigerian economy.
Senior Officer, NRGI, Ms. Tengi George-Ikoli, explained that Nigeria was at a critical point in its development, hence as a fossil fuel-dependent country, it is important that Nigeria develops its own strategy to engage the shifting global focus away from oil.
“Nigeria must develop its own medium to long term strategy to mitigate the likely export and government revenue losses from a shrinking market base as these countries look to reducing oil reliance beyond 2030.
“Nigeria must make strategic decisions in the way it spends its limited revenues, take economic diversification more seriously, leveraging regional and global opportunities beyond oil, and including new frontier possibilities available in the green economy”, she said.
Also, Deputy Director, Development Practice, CJID, Mr. Akintunde Babatunde, said as energy transition persists globally, Nigeria as a monolithic fossil fuel dependent economy has to prepare for what the shift to cleaner energy sources means for its economy.
“Data is pointing us to the fact that Nigeria will likely lose a majority of its foreign exchange earnings and revenues for both the federal and subnational government.
“In fact, it is already happening, because Nigeria is at a critical point in its development process, it is important for professionals to discuss the way forward on how the decisions we make as a country are more important now than ever”, he said.
Earlier, the Acting Executive Director at CJID, Tobi Oluwatola, harped on the need for capacity building for the media and CSOs, noting that they are in the best position to enlighten the public from an informed perspective.
“It is time for Civil Society Organisations, journalists, and policy experts to have this discussion, most especially as Nigeria plans to achieve net zero by 2060. There is a need for CSOs to be empowered with the right skills to be able to do the right advocacy and accountability work in Nigeria”, he stated.

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Nigeria To Construct Gas Pipeline To Europe Through Morocco

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Nigeria has given the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) the greenlight to implement a deal on construction of a gas pipeline to Europe through Morocco.
This follows reports of surging demand for African energy supplies from the EU that is seeking to wean itself of dependence on Russian oil and gas.
“This gas pipeline is to take gas to 15 West African countries and to Europe and through Morocco to Spain and others,” said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
“It is only after the engineering design of the pipeline has been made that we will know exactly (what) the cost of the pipeline will be. When that time comes, we will be talking about funding,” he added.
Nigeria is a member of the Opec group of major oil producers and has huge gas reserves – the largest proven reserves in Africa and the seventh largest globally.
On May 30, Tanzania transported 60,000 tonnes of coal to the Netherlands.
Last month, Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, said European nations had “flooded” his country with requests to supply coal.

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