By Edith Ike-Eboh and Emmanuel Afonne
The Group Managing Director (GMD)/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Malam Mele Kyari, started his weekly activities with an interview with Bloomberg TV in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Kyari said in the interview that Nigeria would ramp up oil production to 1.8 million barrels per day by the end of 2021, as against the 1.45 million BOPD in September.
He noted that in spite of this projection, Nigeria could easily attain its maximum crude oil production capacity of 2.5 million barrels per day with the combined production of crude and condensates.
Kyari said: “It is obvious that by the close of the year we will get back to the 1.7m-1.8m barrels per day of crude only; as you may be aware, when we mention these figures, I am talking about crude oil only.”
He said that at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria shut down some of its wells and were yet to get back to their full production capacities.
Kyari, however, said the NNPC was assiduously working towards bringing the facilities back to optimal production before the end of the year.
The GMD further explained that the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of clarity in the sector led to drought in investment in the Nigerian oil sector.
This situation, he said had been corrected with the newly enacted Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 which provided ample investment opportunities in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.
Also in the week, the NNPC Limited called on the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) and other stakeholders in the petroleum industry to focus on developing home-grown technology solutions that can improve performance and reduce carbon footprint in oil and gas operations.
The GMD/CEO of the company, Malam Mele Kyari, gave the charge in a virtual goodwill message to the 39th NAPE Annual International Conference & Exhibition with the theme – Petroleum Exploration and Production in a new World: What Next After the Global Crisis?
Kyari said it had become imperative for the industry in Nigeria to embrace the new realities of the post COVID-19 operating environment.
This, he said can be achieved by improving on technology beyond the traditional seismic way of exploration in a manner that would support the Federal Government in its climate change mitigation measures.
He stated that one of the key challenges to the campaign for reduced greenhouse gas emissions was the issue of energy poverty which was the basis for President Muhammadu Buhari’s advocacy for energy justice at the just concluded COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
Kyari said that while he agree that the country should transit to a net-zero carbon situation by year 2060, he also said it was necessary to create a balance by providing the right technology and finances to enable less developed countries bridge the gap and make their own transition at a convenient pace.
On the PIA, the NNPC boss said that the new oil reform legislation offered refreshing opportunities especially in the deep-water, noting that Nigeria’s reservoirs were not as complex as elsewhere in the world.
He therefore called on NAPE to innovate and ensure that the country reaps bountifully from its exploration activities.
He said the country would be relying on professional support from organisations like NAPE to achieve the desired aspirations in this regard, while noting that focus must be on creating the capabilities and capacities that can sustain resilience in navigating new industry realities.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director, National Engineering and Technical Company (NETCO), an Engineering, Procurement and Construction subsidiary of the NNPC Limited, Engr. Johnson Awoyomi, has harped on the need for young engineers to embrace the principles of cost engineering that would enable them achieve the desired impact in their chosen professions.
Speaking at an interactive session with young engineers at the recently concluded Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) 2021 Conference in Lagos, Awoyomi noted that cost optimisation was a key factor in navigating the challenges facing the industry.
He advised the young engineers to upscale and update their knowledge of cost engineering, which involves the management of project cost through such activities as cost estimation, cost control, cost forecasting, investment appraisal and risk analysis.
In line with its commitment to effective implementation and sustained improvement of a Quality Management System (QMS) that meets global standard, the Corporate Planning & Strategy (CP&S) Division of NNPC Limited recently joined the corporate world to mark this year’s World Quality Week with the theme “Sustainability: Improving Our Product, People & Planet”.
With focus on the Impact of quality management on the Planet, the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), staff of the CP&S Division, clad in T-Shirts, thronged the NNPC Towers handing out flyers and bearing banners with inscription- Sustainability: Improving our Product, People & planet.
Mr Olumuyiwa Onadeko, the General Manager, Transformation & Efficiency, CP&S Division, spoke on the significance of the QMS week and Quality Management System on the NNPC business and operations.
Still in the week under review, the NNPC Limited signed a 1.04 billion dollars finance package with the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) to boost its operations.
The billion-dollar deal which was signed at the recently concluded Intra- Africa Trade Fair (IATF) in Durban, South Africa, was designed to boost the nation’s tax revenues and foreign currency receipts while creating thousands of jobs in the oil and gas value chain.
Mr Umar Ajiya, Chief Financial Officer of the NNPC, signed the deal on behalf of the national oil company.
Benedict Oramah, President of Afrieximbank, who signed on behalf of the bank, lauded the deal as very innovative.
Oramah explained that the decision to support NNPC with the facility was necessitated by the need to adopt a balanced approach in the ongoing climate change debate.
He added that majority of the countries in the continent were undeveloped and still depended on fossil fuel for survival and as such should not be punished for the mistakes of others.
“Stopping development for parts of Africa today to achieve a clean environment for the whole world tomorrow is utterly foolhardy,” Oramah argued.
The Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021 is a 7-day pan African, cross-sector trade fair aimed at sharing trade, investment and market information of African countries to buyers, sellers, investors and the global trade market.
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