NNPC Commences Oil Exploration Activities In Benue State

NNPC Commences Oil Exploration Activities In Benue State

Following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to the NNPC, to resume oil exploration activities in some of the nation’s inland basins which include Chad and Benue Trough, the group managing director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, yesterday announced the commencement of exploration activities as well as the siting of two biofuel projects in Benue state, Leadership reports.

The GMD who made this known during a visit to governor Samuel Ortom to intimate him about the project said that his organisation has already commissioned environmental baseline studies to assess all aspects of the natural environment, to determine how best to carry out seismic acquisition operations without any harm to it.

He explained that the NNPC through FES has already mobilised Integrated Data Services Ltd (IDSL), an upstream arm of the NNPC to acquire the seismic data in the Benue Trough commencing from Ondori (main camp) at the boundary between Benue and Nasarawa, adding; “the work will cut across Makurdi, Guma, Gwer East, Gwer West and Logo local government areas.”

On the biofuel projects, he said that apart from generating more than one million jobs, other benefits will include, a sugarcane feed stock plantation of 20,000 hectares, cane mills and a raw/refined sugar plant that will produce 126000 tones per year, a fuel ethanol processing plant of 84 million litres a year and 63,000 tons of animal feed a year among others”.

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