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THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC) HAS EMBARKED ON A MORE RIGOROUS EXPLORATION FOR OIL IN THE GONGOLA AND OTHER INLAND BASIN USING THE LATEST SEISMIC DATA GATHERING TECHNOLOGY.

Abuja A statement byThe Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
Group General Manager,Group Public
Affairs Division, Garba Deen Muhammad, made this known in Abuja on Saturday The
NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, the statement said, made the
disclosure when he paid separate visits to the governors of Bauchi and Gombe
States.

Baru that the latest technology was similar to the ones used by
neighbouring countries to discover oil in their countries.. 

He said the
exploration was in strict compliance to President MuhammaduBuhari’s mandate. NNPC,
he said, had therefore commenced activities in the Gongola Basin by awarding
the contract for seismic data acquisition of over 500KM2 3D seismic data in the
first instance. 

“NNPC is deploying state of the art technology in the present
data acquisition and we are confident that these efforts will lead to clearer
definition of the prospectively of the basin.” He said that the contractors
awarded the contract for the seismic data acquisition in the Gongola Basin, was
Integrated Data Service Limited (IDSL).

Baru said the contractor was a
subsidiary of the NNPC and Bureau for Geophysical Prospecting, a subsidiary of
Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (BGP/CNPC) were mobilising to commence
the project. The GMD said that the seismic data acquisition activities and
exploration well drillings would provide employment opportunities for the
youths.

Baru said the multiplier effect of the envisaged employment would
contribute to the economic empowerment of the surrounding communities and the
nation at large. He said that NNPC was in the process of awarding the
Environmental Baseline Studies (EBS) and Environmental Impact.

Assessment (EIA)
to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and Modibbo Adama University of
Technology, Yola. In their separate remarks, the governors of Bauchi an Gombe,
Mohammad Abubakar and Ibrahim Dankwambo applauded the president for the
pragmatic move to rigorously commence exploratory activities in the area. 

They
both stressed that the move would further grow the nation’s oil and gas reserves.
“I want to assure you of the unflinching support of Bauchi State and its good
people towards this project. “We are ready to provide offices and accommodation
for all NNPC staff that will work on this project,” Abubakar said. 

“Already, we
have assigned two ministries that will work with your team on this laudable
project. “ I will work with my colleague Governors in the North- East to
galvanize support from our people towards this project,” Dankwambo said.
Dankwambo also called on the media to support this renewed oil search in the
area. 

Giving their royal endorsements, the Emirs of Bauchi and Gombe reassured
the Federal Government of their readiness to support the project, mobilise
their subjects against interrupting the smooth operation of the exploratory
activities in their domains

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