By: Kunle Abisoye
Upstream Division, Lagos Headquarters
The objective of the NGFCP is to provide a commercial approach to the elimination of routine gas flares by 2020 and drive positive social, environmental and economic impacts in the Niger Delta by mobilising private sector capital towards gas flare capture projects. A joint team comprising of DPR and MPR staff are working on the implementation of the programme with the assistance of consultants provided by the USAID and World Bank.
The programme seeks to develop a transparent market mechanism through a competitive bidding process for allocating of gas flares, under clear criteria, to competent third party investors using proven technologies in commercial application globally.
An end-to-end analysis of the spread of gas flares across all oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta highlight the huge potential of commercialising most of the gas available at the flare sites.
Accordingly, the field data requirement that fits into the DNA of the programme design were identified and reviewed with the DPR prior to engagement with Operators on provision of the data.
Highlights of the engagement with operators
Feedback from Operators
The generality of operators expressed their support for the programme. However, it was recommended that the participating partnership of the operators should be considered and that the buy-in of the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of all operating companies should be secured for a seamless execution of the programme.
Operating companies have since started the submission of data as the deadline communicated earlier was 21st August, 2017.