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NNPC seeks investments in $48b oil and gas industry

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The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has urged investors to take advantage of the over $48billion investment opportunities available in the upcoming capital projects in the country’s oil and gas industry.

Speaking at a Panel Session on: Insights on Future Exploration Hotspots: Opportunities for Africa’s Oil & Gas Industry under the sub-theme: The New Frontier for Africa’s Oil & Gas at the 2019 International Petroleum Week conference  in London, he said the continent’s energy outlook was looking positive amid difficult operating and economic headwinds.

In a statement, NNPC said Baru pointed out that over 41billion barrels of oil and 319trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas were yet to be discovered in sub-Saharan Africa alone, while between 2008 and 2017, exploratory success in the sub-region was at about 45 per cent.

He said there has been a surge in capital expenditure (CAPEX) across Africa’s oil and gas sector, with close to $194billion earmarked to be spent between 2018 and 2025 on 93 upcoming oil and gas fields in Africa.

Out of this $194billion, Nigeria accounts for $48.04 billion (over 24.8 per cent) of the total CAPEX coming into upcoming projects in Africa over 2018 to 2025, with over 20 planned projects,” Baru said.

He said 23.8 per cent of the CAPEX in Africa would be spent in Mozambique, 11.3 per cent in Angola while about 29.2 per cent would be spent in Tanzania, Senegal, Mauritania, Uganda, Egypt, Algeria and Kenya combined.

Baru said with over 14 oil producing countries, Africa currently accounts for 7.5 per cent (126.5billion barrels of crude oil) and 7.1per cent (488 Tcf of gas) of global proven oil and gas reserves respectively.

He said in terms of production, the continent accounted for 8.7 per cent (8.1million barrels per day) of global oil production and 6.1 per cent (21.8bscfd) of global gas production, even as it consumed 4million barrels of oil per day and 13.7bscfd of gas (equivalent to 4.1 per cent and 3.9 per cent of global oil and consumption respectively).

Shedding more light on investment opportunities in Nigeria,  Baru said the NNPC’s Frontier Exploration Service was currently drilling the Kolmani River-2 Well where desktop estimates revealed that about 400Bcf of gas is expected to be encountered.

He said several new frontiers for exploration opportunities abound in Nigeria, even as offshore discoveries in the country have mostly been limited to between 1,000 – 1,500m of water depth.

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