Nigeria’s energy security has been expanded by Kolmani discovery – ex GED, NNPC


Nigeria’s energy security has been enhanced by the Kolmani discovery.

This is according to Waziri Ibrahim, former Group CEO at Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited during an interview on Arise TV News Night on Wednesday 23 November.

According to him, the project further diversifies the country’s crude oil portfolio and this improves Nigeria’s chances of contributing to the production of fertilizers, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and other products.

On Tuesday, November 22, President Buhari inaugurated the Kolmani Integrated Development Project at the site of the Kolmani oil field, Alkaleri in Bauchi State. The project is being run through Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 810 and 809 to drill for oil in Northern Nigeria.

During the interview on Arise TV, Ibrahim also said that exploration of the Nigerian border has been developed and has been a cardinal goal of successive government administrations. The Benue Channel, the Chad Basin and even Kolmani hold great promise, and NNPC has been to Kolmani before; this is not the first time. Some gas was discovered there some years ago and with advanced technologies, the goal has been achieved today.

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Ibrahim made some reference to the Oloibiri discovery in 1958. According to him, a lot of work was done on the asset before the discovery was made. This is because crude oil exploration is not a one day affair and usually takes time to manifest itself.

As technology advances, more basins will be explored and more discoveries will be made. He said a billion barrels of crude oil have been tested at the asset and that’s not a small amount by any measure. He expressed his satisfaction with the NNPC’s transparency in disclosing the amount of proven reserves in the asset.

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An integrated project: Temilola George, a petroleum geologist with the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO), who was also on the programme, said the Kolmani asset is an integrated project as it will have a 120,000 barrel per day refinery, a fertilizer plant, a gas plant and this removes the burden of having to lay pipes in that area.

Addressing the issue of gas flaring already occurring at the Kolmani asset, George said that the northern region of Nigeria, where the Kolmani asset is located, is known to be rich in forestry (green vegetation), which it can act as a carbon sink, to absorb the CO2 emissions from burning. He also said that the APPO is working on a series of strategies to execute the decarbonization of hydrocarbon assets.

For the record: Waziri said Nigerians need to understand that crude oil exploration is a long-standing affair and the important lesson is not to abandon other value additions to the economy, such as agriculture and manufacturing. The local population must be properly involved to understand the realities of oil exploration.


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