The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has initiated oil investigation in the Bida Basin in eight Local Governments in Niger state.
The Corporation likewise uncovered that the progressing investigation is fit for adding 40 billion barrels to the country’s save by 2023.
The NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD) Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari expressed this during a visit to Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in Minna to disclose the 2D seismic information securing in the Bida Sokoto bowl.
Kyari who talked through the NNPC Group General Manager Frontier Exploration Services, Abdullahi Bomai, clarified that up until now, a top to bottom geographical and geochemical considers have uncovered a solid nearness of hydrocarbon-bearing pointers.
As per him, it has been affirmed that there are oil and gas-bearing developments in the eight neighborhood governments which stretches out to two other nearby governments in Kwara State and one in Kogi State.
“Further exploration activities based on the need for exploration in the Bida Basin, NNPC management has graciously approved the award of a contract to Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL) and their alliance partners (BGP/CNPC International Nigeria limited to embark on immediate Seismic Data Acquisition to further unravel the presence of hydrocarbons in the Bida Basin.
“We are indeed delighted for the opportunity of today’s visit to inform you of the activities of NNPC/FES and also to solicit for your support”.
GMD then requested the help, and cooperation of the state and nearby governments, customary rulers and network pioneers in accomplishing the national command,
Energized at the updates on the venture, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in his reaction guaranteed the Corporation of satisfactory help while promising remunerations to individuals who might be influenced by the investigation.
Bello stated, “we are all excited over the good news of the oil exploration. As you know, research in the development of the Bida Basin has been on for some times.
“My administration will work with NNPC to ensure that communities are carried along and to compensate adequately communities that are going to be affected the oil exploration activities.”
The committee territories where investigation exercises will happen incorporate Mokwa, Lavun, Gbako, Bida, Katcha, Agaie, Edati and Lapai.