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Nigeria to see New Producing States

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Nigerian states of Bauchi and Gombe could become the next oil producers in the West African nation. The news of this potential follows the inauguration of a drilling site in a border village between the two states by President Muhammadu Buhari.

At the inauguration Buhari reiterated his administration’s commitment to picking up the pace of exploration in Nigeria’s frontier inland basins. The president said that “the spud of the Kolmani River II well, part of the Gongola Basin, Upper Benue Trough” was part of his “next level agenda to make Nigeria an industrial economy.”

Over the years. exploration in the area has taken place sporadically, with a number of seismic campaigns and wells drilled. The most recent seismic was carried out by NNPC who acquired 2,000 sq km of 3D seismic in the Chad Basin. The president has charged NNPC with ensuring that ongoing exploration results in the discovery of commercial quantities of hydrocarbons.

NNPC, for its part, said that it would leave “no stone unturned” in the hunt for crude. It also said that it was planning a massive 2D seismic acquisition over other parts of the Benue Trough.