Oil exploration in Chad Basin: NNPC seeks collaboration with military

Oil exploration in Chad Basin: NNPC seeks collaboration with military

- The NNPC has solicited support from the military as it plans to commence full oil exploration in the Chad Basin, Gongola and Benue Trough

- The corporation said it would require high-tech equipment and protection for its workforce as it prepares to return to business in the areas

- The chief of defense staff, in his response, described the NNPC as a strategic corporation that deserved to be given full military support

Ahead of its planned re-entrance and commencement of full oil exploration operations in the Chad Basin, Gongola and Benue Trough, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has solicited the support of the military.

The submission was made by the NNPC’s group managing director, Mele Kyari, when he led top management of the corporation to the office of the chief of defense staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, on Tuesday, August 6, Premium Times reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that in a statement released subsequently, the corporation said it would require high-tech equipment and protection for its workforce as it prepares to return to business in the areas.

According to Kyari, the NNPC has not been able to mobilize fully to commence its operations in the Chad Basin, Gongola and Benue Trough, due to the security challenges in those areas.

The GMD said the visit to Olonisakin was to seek the Armed Forces’ support in helping the oil corporation re-enter the Chad Basin, Gongola and Benue Trough.

He said: “The support will enable us (NNPC) to carry out our mandate for national development. Your support in terms of providing full security for staff and equipment is critical to us.”

Kyari pointed out that the nefarious activities of pipeline vandals, petroleum products thieves and other economic saboteurs posed a serious challenge to the NNPC and that the corporation required protection from the military as regards its pipelines and Right of Way (RoW) across the nook and cranny of the nation.

According to Kyari, the wellbeing of the nation’s economic lifeline was heavily dependent on the synergy with the military.

In response, Olonisakin described the NNPC as a strategic corporation that deserved to be given full military support to enable her deliver on her mandate to the Nigerian people.

He said: “It is imperative for the Armed Forces and the NNPC to collaborate and synergize for the benefit of the country, going by their various strategic roles to the nation.

"The Armed Forces operations, code named: Operation Wase and Operations Delta Safe, along with other operations, were geared towards protecting pipelines and various oil and gas facilities.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that NNPC GMD, Malam Mele Kyari, said it was a shame that Nigeria remained a net importer of petroleum products.

Kyari said this at the opening of the 2019 annual conference and exhibition organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers in Lagos.

He, however, promised to fix the country’s refining challenges.

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