Don’t restrict exploration activities to Chad basin, Energy Expert tells Government

Chad basin

Chad basin

Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, an Energy expert said exploration activities should be extended to all the inland basins across the country.

Okoroafor in an interview in Abuja on Monday said it should not be restricted to the Chad Basin.

He spoke on the recent presidential directive to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to intensify exploration activities in the Chad basin.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru had announced that President Muhammad Buhari had given the corporation directive to intensify exploration in the Chad basin.

He said that the NNPC would re-strategise to ensure that it effectively carry out the directive of the president.

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“They should also intensify exploration activities in all the inland basins. We do not have much data in the inland basins.

“Now with improvements in technology and seismic, it will do our country a great deal of good in acquiring reliable data in the inland basins,’’ he said

He also said that there was the need to re-launch a licensing bid round in the inland basins.

According to him, the inland basins of Nigeria includes Anambra basin, the lower, middle and upper Benue, the South eastern sector of the chad basin, the mid-Niger Bida basin and the Sokoto basin.

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He said that exploration activity was last done in the Upper Benue 20 years ago, adding that it was not very intense as only one or two wells were drilled.

“NNPC carried out exploratory seismic work in Anambra basin more than twenty years ago. No serious work has been done in Bida basin.

“It is only Chad basin that serious seismic work, studies and laboratory work has been done and this was suspended due to insurgency,’’ he said.

He noted that exploratory seismic data in Chad basin was ongoing since 2012.

According to him, Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL) is doing seismic work in the swamp between Epe and Ikorodu for Cromwell while Seven energy is doing 3D seismic in Anambra basin.

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He noted that Orient carried 3D seismic in some sections in Anambra basin and there was discovery of gas in Komani area of Gombe.

“IDSL was to shoot a 3D seismic to confirm the size. 700Km 2D seismic was planned in the Benue trough from Obuloafor up to Oturkpo, Lafia and upper,” he said.

He noted that if proper exploration is carried out in these areas, it would be of great benefit to the country.

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