April 2, 2023



Kolmani oil, fuel undertaking has attracted over $3 billion funding in fossil vitality – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has mentioned Tuesday that his administration has attracted over $3bn funding within the oil and fuel sector at a time of near-zero urge for food for funding in fossil vitality. 

The President mentioned this in Bauchi on the flag-off ceremony of the Kolmani Built-in Growth Venture, a totally built-in in-situ improvement undertaking comprising upstream manufacturing, oil refining, energy technology and fertilizer.

“Contemplating the land locked location and the massive capital requirement, the economics of the undertaking is a difficult proposition. Consequently, from the outset, I instructed NNPC Restricted to make the most of and leverage their huge asset portfolio throughout all corridors of its operations to de-risk the undertaking to draw the much-needed funding.

“It’s subsequently to the credit score of this administration that at a time when there’s close to zero urge for food for funding in fossil vitality, coupled with the situation challenges, we’re in a position to appeal to funding of over USD 3 billion to this undertaking,” he mentioned.

Whereas commending NNPCL and her companions for the profitable discovery of Oil and Gasoline within the Kolmani River Discipline, the President acknowledged that the massive funding the undertaking had attracted “will certainly be a reference topic for dialogue within the trade as we pursue the simply vitality transition programme that may culminate in our nation reaching Internet- Zero place by the 12 months 2060.” 

Stressing advantages the undertaking brings to the nation together with “however not restricted to Vitality Safety, Monetary Safety in addition to total socio- financial improvement of the nation,” the President mentioned the the directive to the NNPCL to discover different oil and fuel fields past the Niger Delta Basins has lastly yielded commendable outcomes. 

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“That is certainly important contemplating that, efforts to search out industrial oil and fuel outdoors the established Niger Delta Basin was tried for a few years with out the specified outcomes. 

“Nevertheless, the profitable discovery of the Kolmani Oil and Gasoline discipline by NNPC and her companions has lastly damaged the jinx by the affirmation of big industrial deposits of hydrocarbons in Kolmani River discipline. 

“This discovery had emanated from our cost to the NNPC to re-strategise and broaden its oil and fuel exploration footprints to the frontier basins of Anambra, Dahomey, Sokoto, Benue trough, Chad and Bida Basins. Related actions throughout the opposite basins are at present actively on-going. 

“We’re happy with the present discovery of over 1 billion barrels of oil reserves and 500 billion Cubic Ft of Gasoline inside the Kolmani space and the massive potentials for extra deposits as we intensify exploration efforts,” he mentioned.

The President urged NNPCL and companions to work with all stakeholders for a clean execution of the undertaking:

“I’ve engaged the Governors of Bauchi and Gombe States, and each have given me assurances of their unwavering dedication and willingness to make sure help and cooperation in these localities as this exercise impacts the native populations. 

“I urge the NNPC Ltd, NNDC, and their Strategic companions to make sure all classes learnt from our years of expertise as an oil-producing nation are utilized to make sure harmonious relationship with the native communities,” he mentioned.

In his remarks, the Minister of State for Petroleum Assets, Mr Timipre Sylva, who recalled his relationship with the undertaking, expressed his delight to be related to the undertaking as Minister having labored with a former Minister of Petroleum Assets when NNDC received the oil prospect lease being flagged off Tuesday. 

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Additionally talking on the occasion, the Group CEO of NNPCL, Mele Kolo Kyari, mentioned the seek for oil and fuel within the frontier basins of Chad, Sokoto, Anambra Platform, Calabar Embarkment, Benue Trough, Dahomey, Bida and the Extremely Deepwater Niger Delta had spanned a long time with out important outcomes.

“Nevertheless, the singular dedication of Mr President to make sure optimum exploration and exploitation of our pure sources and Your Excellency’s consequential directives for NNPC Restricted to strategize and make the most of obtainable human, technological and different materials sources to prosecute exploration actions in all Frontier Basins resulted within the discovery of business oil and fuel deposits within the Kolmani Prospect in April 2019,” he mentioned.