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OGONI-LAND: FG mobilizes 16 contractors for oil-spill clean-up

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…As NNPC posts N2. 06bn trade surplus in Nov 2018***

Not fewer than 16 contractors may have been mobilized by the Federal Government to carry out environmental remediation and cleanup of oil spill in Ogoni-land.

The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Suleiman Zarma highlighted this on Tuesday, when a Group of Ambassadors, interested in the remediation of the oil spill in Niger Delta, visited him in Abuja. The group included the ambassadors of Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France, European Union and United States.

Zarma, who expressed the Federal Government’s determination to restore the lost freshness to the land of Ogoni by cleaning the oil spill, also said that mobilization fees had been paid to the contractors to enable them commence the remediation.

He said that the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), a Federal Government’s coordinating office saddled with responsibility of remediation commenced the implementation of project through consultation and sensitisation of communities.

The minister explained that in a bid to ensure a total involvement of communities so as to enable a genuine ownership participation in the project, all scientists driving the remediation project in HYPREP are indigenous people.

The Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr Marvin Dekil, said that HYPREP had Board of Trustee which determined the release of fund for the implementation of remediation project.

Dekil added that the Governing Council of HYPREP, chaired by the Minister of Environment would serve as administrative body for the project implementation.

According to him, HYPREP also has livelihood programme aimed at restoring livable life for people of Ogoniland.

Earlier, the group of ambassadors Led by Mr Michel Deelen, Deputy Ambassador in charge of Affairs, Netherlands, said that the international community is interested in the environmental remediation and cleanup of Ogoniland oil spill, said the visit was to get an direct update on the cleanup project from the ministry

In the meantime, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it made a trading surplus of N2.06 billion for the month of November 2018

The corporation, in its monthly financial and operational report released in Abuja on Tuesday, revealed that the surplus was a reversal of the previous month’s deficit of N12.66 billion.

According to the report, the 116 per cent rise in its bottom line figure is as a result of an improved efficiency in the operations of its upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

It also noted that crude oil and gas sale appreciated by 26.13 per cent from the previous month to $668.57 million dollars in the month under review.

It added that crude oil export sales contributed $574.95 million dollars, comprising 86 per cent of the dollar transactions, compared with $425 million dollars contribution in the previous month

It noted that export gas sales amounted to $93.62 million dollars in the month under review.
“From November 2017 to November 2018, crude oil and gas transactions indicated that crude oil and gas worth $5.97 billion dollars was exported.

“A total of 735 million Standard Cubic Feet of gas per day (mmscfd) was delivered to gas fired-power plants in November 2018, compared with October 2018 where an average of 627 mmscfd was supplied,” it said.
It further stated that out of the 212.93 billion Cubic Feet, BCF, of gas supplied during the period, a total of 123.29 BCF of gas was commercialised, consisting of 36.14 BCF and 87.15 BCF for the domestic and export market, respectively.

This, it noted translated to a total supply of 1.205 billion SCF per day of gas to the domestic market and 2.905 billion SCF per day of gas supplied to the export market for the month.

It implied that 57.91 per cent of the average daily gas produced was commercialized while the balance of 42.09 per cent was re-injected, used as upstream fuel gas or flared.
“The total gas supply from November 2017 to November 2018 stood at 3.071 trillion SCF, out of which 466.44 BCF and 1.318 trillion SCF were commercialized for the domestic and export market, respectively.

“A further breakdown of the report indicated that gas – injected, fuel gas and gas flared – stood at 1.287 trillion SCF.

Commenting on the downstream sector, it noted that the NNPC had continued to assiduously monitor the daily stock of Premium Motor Spirit, (PMS) to achieve smooth distribution of petroleum products and zero fuel queue across the nation.

The report revealed that a total of 1.62 billion litres of PMS, translating to 54.0 million liters/day, were supplied for the month.

“In November, 2018 a total of 197 pipeline points were vandalized; out of which six pipeline points failed to be welded and two pipeline points were ruptured.

“The situation improved from the 219 vandalized points recorded in October 2018, with Mosimi-Ibadan, Ibadan-Ilorin and Aba-Enugu accounting for 58, 35 and 34 points, respectively or approximately 29 per cent, 18 per cent and 17 per cent of the vandalized points, respectively.

“While Atlas Cove-Mosimi accounted for 13 per cent, Warri-Kaduna and PHC-Aba accounted for eight per cent each and other locations accounted for the remaining seven per cent of the pipeline breaks,” it added 

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