NNPC resumes Borno oil exploration after six years pause

Bisola David
Bisola David
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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has begun oil drilling in Borno state’s Lake Chad Basin.

Daily Trust reported that The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari is anticipated to participate virtually at the Wadi-B oil well drilling event in the Tuba town of Jere Local Government Area.

The project is being carried out by the NNPC Frontier Exploration Service for the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, according to representatives of the NNPC Energy Service Ltd.

The project report states that exploration started in 1976 and lasted until 1996 with the processing of 33,000 km of 2D seismic data that found three promising sub-basins (Gubio, Maiduguri, & Baga/Lake Area) leading to the discovery of noncommercial gas in two wells (Wadi-1 and Kinasar-1).

1,962.20km2 of 3D seismic data were processed by NNPC between 2008 and 2018, but due to insurgency in 2014, it had to halt seismic acquisition operations. After several employees recorded insurgency attacks, NNPC also indicated in July 2017 that exploration activities would be coming to an end.

The Executive Director of Frontier Exploration Services at NNPC, Mukhtar Zanna, described the procedure saying NNPC will use ACME Rig 5 to drill 14,000 feet into the Wadi-B well in order to obtain oil and associated gas.

“We are optimistic, we have new technologies and have read the data. We also implemented new emerging technology after the demographic data, such as assessment detection and magnetic technique.”

The Executive Director of NNPC’s Exploration Services, Aminu Maitama, also expressed optimism about an oil discovery. He said: We are going to make commercial quantities of oil and gas because we believe they are here.”

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