The Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC Mr.Mele Kyari has assured major stakeholders and Nigerians on the same transparent process that heralded the award of Port Harcourt Refinery rehabilitation contract to be repeated in the case of the rehabilitation of the Warri and Kaduna Refineries whose EPCIC contracts would be awarded in June 2021.

The stakeholders in the industry have commended the corporation over the signing of the contract and effort to ensure in-country refining of crude oil.

Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, (PETROAN), in a commendation letter to the GMD urged the corporation to continue to support moves that would bring development in the oil and gas sector.

Meanwhile the corporation has recently partnered with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) for the Haulage of Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano (AKK) Gas Pipes.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the haulage of AKK gas pipes from Warri to Itakpe have serve as a major boost in the delivery of the AKK gas project.

NRC commenced the first transportation of the AKK gas pipes recently on its standard gauge line, the first time that pipes would be transported through rail lines in Nigeria.

Kyari who congratulated the Corporation’s team on the arrival of the AKK gas project line pipes by rail from Warri to Itakpe, added that it was cost effective, faster in delivery, safer and protecting the nation’s roads.

The locomotive evacuated about 96 pipes at once which is equivalent to 32 trailers evacuation job by road.

Osubi Airstrip has been handed over to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for smooth and safe operations for commuters.

The Airstrip was commissioned on April 17, 1999 via a Joint Venture between NNPC and Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.

The Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr Bala Wunti, represented by the Manager Joint Venture Supply Chain Management, Mr Lawrence Amaechi, stated that the handover of the airstrip was geared towards ensuring effective and efficient operations of the facility by FAAN.

The Osubi Airstrip in Warri, Delta State was built and Operated by SPDC until 2015, when it transferred its 45 per cent shares to another JV Partner, Shoreline, while NAPIMS managed the 55 per cent share on behalf of NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday announced plans to resume active oil exploration in Sokoto Basin.

In another development, according to a statement issued in Abuja on recently by NNPC spokesperson, Kennie Obateru, stated that the corporation’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, is keen about exploration of crude resumption in the Sokoto Basin.

In his statement, “Kyari also hinted of plans for the corporation to resume active exploration activities in the Sokoto Basin.”

In October 2019, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had during the spud-in ceremony of Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, in the North-East, said the government would explore for oil and gas in the frontier basins across the country.

Other basins of interest include; the Benue Trough, Chad Basin, Sokoto and Bida Basins. Attention will be given to the Dahomey and Anambra Basins where oil and gas discoveries had been already witnessed.

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