Chineme Okafor in Abuja
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it would no longer sign off any gas project without plans for gas flare out.
The corporation said it was committed to a zero gas flare regime for every new gas project, adding that it wants to commercialise Nigeria’s gas flare to benefit communities.
NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated this when he hosted executives of Host Communities of Nigeria (HOSTCOM) led by its National chairman, Mr. Benjamin Tamaranebi.
A statement from the corporation said the NNPC would continue to partner host communities to enable them benefit from Nigeria’s oil and gas resources.
Baru, reportedly told the communities that no new gas project would be approved without zero gas flare modalities.
He explained that for already existing gas flare projects, the NNPC was exploring various options to commercialise the gas flare with a view to eliminating it.
He also said the restoration of sanity to the Niger Delta region had given operators the leverage to concentrate on oil production.
According to him: “I want to thank the Oba of Benin for midwifing HOSTCOM and the traditional rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMCON). For us as operators, we will continue to dialogue with the bodies so as to create enabling operating environment for the business and for the communities.”
He called on the association to partner with NNPC to end incessant pipeline vandalism; illegal refineries and crude oil bunkering in the Niger Delta, adding that the elimination of those vices would reduce incidences of environmental pollutions.