Chevron Nigeria has recorded a 95 per cent success in gas flaring reduction.
It said it was exploiting measures to ensure a 100 per cent feat.
Communications Manager, Chevron Nigeria Mid Africa, Mr. Victor Anyaegbudike, disclosed this during a Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) Breakfast Meeting in Lagos, recently.
Noting that the company would ensure free gas flaring in the country, he said it had established the Escravos Gas-to-Liquid (EGTL) project that would pick gases and put them in liquid, adding that soon the EGTL will be brought into Nigeria and the liquid will come to Nigeria as diesel.
“We had already seen where the world is going that we have to really stop the emission of gas, not only gas, methane is another terrible carbon that we need to bring down.
“No responsible company would want to flare its gas, because it is a commercial property for Nigeria”, he said.
Highlighting the importance of the commodity, Anyaegbudike said gas is the next fuel, hence it is the destination the firm is headed in terms of carbon emission.
He said Chevron had done a lot in terms of reducing gas flare, which according to him, is impacting the communities.
“You see, as time goes on, when there’s zero flare, there wouldn’t be any health hazards again associated with such kind of gas flare. That’s what we are doing and that’s the big story that we have and that we have been doing over the years,” he assured.
According to Anyaegbudike, Nigeria’s declaration of a decade of gas initiative means there is a need to explore how gas could be commercially viable and how gas could become the transition fuel of the next century.
He recalled that Chevron had started talking about decade of gas even before Nigeria, hence, its focus in that direction long before now.
Speaking on the theme: “Chevron’s Strategic Social Investments-Supporting Nigerian Institutions”, he said the company has what it calls gas gathering and compression systems.
“We try to gather the gas that we have everywhere, those gas that would have been flared. We have facility to gather them from wherever the gas are, we have pipelines that gather them,” he said.
According to him, Chevron was the first company that started the Escravo project. He explained that when all these gases were picked it goes to a gas project where they are purified. This, he noted, makes the firm the highest supplier of domestic gas among all the International Oil Companies (IOCs) from 2015 till now.
“Because we produce this gas, what we do is that we gather them, we don’t flare them any more. That’s why we have the 95 percent, and we are going to 100 percent,” he insisted.
The Deputy National President, NACC, Thomas Oshobu, noted that Chevron had been a strategic investor and player in the oil and gas sector for several decades.
According to Oshodu, who is the Deputy National President, Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), the company was also incorporated in the country to implement and support these programmes.
“You recall that in 2014 Chevron committed an additional $40million in funding to the PIND through 2019. Chevron has contributed significantly in the past as existing social investments efforts and focusing on one strategic objective, and that’s achieving a peaceful enabling environment for equitable growth, particularly in the Niger Delta as well as human capacity building initiative for Nigerians as a whole,” Oshobu stated.
He noted that the country was in dire economic stress at the moment and, therefore, all efforts to help rebuild this nation both on the macro and the micro space must be welcomed and appreciated.
NSCDC Parades Five Suspects Over 24,000 Litres Of AGO
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) last Friday paraded five suspected oil thieves caught with over 24,000 litres of illegally refined Automotive Gasoline Oil (AGO) concealed in sack bags in Rivers State.
Rivers State Commandant of NSCDC, Michael Besong Ogar, while parading the suspects, reiterated that there was no room for illegal oil bunkering activities in Rivers State, warning that perpetrators would be smoked out of their hideouts.
Ogar said the newly-reconstituted anti-vandal team has made successes in the relentless war against vandalism of oil pipelines and illegal dealings in petroleum products through massive arrests and subsequent prosecution of cases in the court.
“The Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has promised that in a short while there would be a drastic reduction and possible eradication of illegal dealings in petroleum products across the nation
“Our major task is to massively arrest oil pipelines vandals and their sponsors as we take the Anti-vandalism war to the enemies’ domain.
“The nation is losing millions of dollars per barrel due to the increase in pipelines vandalism and illegal oil bunkering, but I can assure you that this menace would be a thing of the past because we are fully committed to the mandate of the Corps’ in safeguarding all critical national assets and infrastructures.
“The suspects will be charged for contravening the Anti-sabotage Act, the Petroleum Act and the Miscellaneous offences Act 2004, laws of the Federation.
“They are: Ifegbu Uche ‘m’ aged 42years, Obinna Ogbonna ‘M’ 42years, Emmanuel Smart ‘m’ 19 years, Lawrence Gibson ‘m’ 35years, and Emeka Desmond ‘m’ 35years, who were arrested while conveying about 24,000 litres of illegally refined AGO concealed in sack bags and carefully packed in a Toyota Sequoia with plate number AbujaGWA386GVA; a Volkswagen Bus with Registration Number: Lagos APP 831 XX, which was intercepted at Abuloma Community in Port Harcourt, a Truck DA1700 with number plate KadunaXE653KA impounded at Abonnema Wharf, and a Ford E- 250 intercepted in Etche respectfully.
“We also intercepted and impounded another short white Mercedes truck with unquantified litres of illegally refined AGO along Ozuoba-Rumuigbo axis in Obio/Akpor LGA, Port Harcourt Rivers State.
“We are very excited that the court has resumed session as the suspects would definitely have their time in Court while application for forfeitures of the products and mode of conveyance would be made and proceeds be remitted in the Federal Government coffers,” NSCDC said.
Eni Decries Production Loss From Bayelsa Gas Pipeline Explosion
Eni, the Italian parent company to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), has said the impact of the Ogboinbiri/OB-OB gas pipeline explosion on gas output was significant.
Production data from NAOC shows that the incident cut Agip’s gas exports by 5million standard cubic meters per day.
Media Relations Manager, in charge of African Operations at Eni, Mr Domenico Spins, said the gas leak has been brought under control.
Spins in a statement announced that the incident was caused by sabotage and third-party interference.
“Eni confirms that a third party’s interference hacksaw cut caused a gas leak at the Ogbainbiri-Ob/Ob gas pipeline.
“The line is depressurised and is currently being repaired. Production losses due to the shutdown are important,” Eni stated.
The Director-General of the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Dr Idris Musa, who confirmed the pipeline blast, said the agency would lead an investigation into the incident as soon as it is safe to do so.
NOSDRA had also directed NAOC to shut down the oil and gas wells feeding the breached pipeline to extinguish the pressure and pave the way for a Joint Investigative Visit.
FG Confiscates 20m Litres Of Illegally Refined AGO
The Federal Government says the continued efforts by security agencies has led to the confiscation of over 20.2million litres of illegally refined Automotive Gasolme Oil (AGO), otherwise known as diesel.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in Port Harcourt while carrying out an aerial survey of illegal refinery sites and hotspots along the Nembe Creek Trunk Line and the Trans-Niger Pipelines’ right of way on Friday.
Mohammed said over 210 suspects have been arrested in its efforts to combat crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region, lamenting that the activities of vandals and economic saboteurs have severely impacted the country’s crude oil production.
The Minister said over 461,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, 843,000 litres of Dual-Purpose Kerosene, and 383,000 barrels of crude oil have also been confiscated.
He said an additional 365 illegal refining sites were destroyed, with about 1,054 refining ovens, 1,210 metal storage tanks, 838 dugout pits, and 346 reservoirs also destroyed.
“Since the post-covid pandemic recovery of crude oil prices, Nigeria has been unable to meet its OPEC Production quota, hurting the Nigerian economy.
“Due to the nefarious activities of vandals, Nigeria has been losing out on producing approximately 700,000 Barrels of oil daily. This volume is split between crude stolen and production deferment (shut-ins) due to legitimate fear of losing substantial volumes in transit.
“Terminal receipts have persistently declined, leading to decisions such as the Force Majure declared at the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal in March 2022,” he said.
The Minister also disclosed that the NNPC Ltd had set up a new security architecture to serve as a solid response to detect, deter, and respond to the activities of vandals.
He said the security architecture leveraged collaboration between the Upstream operators, Industry Regulators, Government Security Agencies, and Private Security Contractors.
He further said NNPC Ltd.’s Command and Control Centre has been set up for round-the-clock monitoring of petroleum operations and activities within the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone.
According to him, all vessel movements within the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone as well as all Ship-to-ship activities within the same zone are now monitored.
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