The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Group Managing Director, Ibe Kachikwu has said the NNPC will drill for oil in the Chad Basin in the last quarter of 2016.
The State-run oil corporation Boss, restated the commitment of the Federal Government and the NNPC to explore for oil and gas in the inland basins, especially Chad Basin and the Benue Trough.
Kachikwu said the NNPC, through its Frontier Exploration Services and Renewable Energy Division (FESRED) had progressed reasonably with seismic acquisition activities in the Chad Basin frontier area until insurgency necessitated the suspension of operation.
He said eight phases, out of the planned 12-phase project, to cover 3,550 sq.km had been acquired by the date of suspension of operation on November 24, 2014.
NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division Malam Garba Deen Muhammad, in a statement, quoted Kachikwu as saying: “A total of 1, 962 sq. km was acquired and processed, interpretation is on at 90 per cent completion, and drilling activities will commence by the last quarter of 2016.”
He explained that seismic activities were carried out with regard to environmental protection and in accordance with international standards and best practices and handled by Integrated Data Services Limited (NNPC subsidiary) and BGP, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation.
According to him, exploration in the Chad basin would increase the nation’s oil and gas reserves and add value to the hydrocarbon potential of the Nigerian inland basin, provide investment, boost the economy as well as create jobs.
“The decision to diversify our business portfolio is about all of us and about the future of our country, the vision is clear, and we are determined not to fail,’’ Kachikwu said.