NNPC boss speaks on amendment of Deep Offshore Act

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NNPC boss speaks on amendment of Deep Offshore Act

NNPC boss speaks on amendment of Deep Offshore Act

Mallam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says amendment of the Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act is long overdue.

DAILY POST had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed the amended Deep Offshore Act 

Kyari also allayed the fears of International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in Nigeria that the NNPC was committed to pushing legislations that would protect their investments in the country.

He spoke at the opening of the 37th Annual International Conference and Exhibition of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said “The amendment to the Deep Offshore Act was not unexpected because it was long overdue.

“The conditions to make changes to the act were met as far back as 2003 and so the industry expected this to happen.

“We have noticed the level of anxiety caused by the amendment but we believe that there is room for commercial conversation.

“As an industry, we must rally round the government to ensure the passage of legislatures that will put the industry forward.’’

Kyari maintained that investing in Nigeria remains a viable option for oil majors as the chances of finding oil was very high, especially in the Niger Delta region.

He said the theme of the conference: “Expanding Nigeria’s Petroleum Landscape: Digitisation, Innovation and Emerging New Technologies’’, was very apt and in line with current realities.

The GMD urged NAPE and other business leaders to help the country in going back to exploration using emerging technologies in order for the country to meet its target of 40 billion barrels of oil reserves by 2023

Earlier, the President of NAPE, Mr Ajibola Oyebamiji decried the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill which according to him was creating uncertainty and scaring investors from the sector.

“We hope for a speedy assent to this bill so as to create efficient government institutions with clear and separate roles and establish a structure for the creation of profit-oriented petroleum entities.

“The implementation of favourable policies will attract investors and make businesses to thrive. This will be beneficial to both local and foreign investors.

“With the recovering oil prices and clamour for efficient energy sources globally, it is important now more than ever to reposition our petroleum industry to remain relevant and competitive globally.

“Our reserves and production targets will be difficult to realise without such enabling policies,’’ Oyebamiji said.

He said the Nigerian petroleum industry needs to re-introduce ring-fenced exploration budgets as a way to grow its hydrocarbon reserves and increase production.

NNPC boss speaks on amendment of Deep Offshore Act

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