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Reduction of gas flaring: NNPC GMD lauds Agip firm

Port-Harcourt—The Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Mr Mohammed Barkindo, has lauded the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) for its commitment to eliminate gas flare and reduce carbon emission in Nigeria.

Barkindo made the commendation during a presidential assessment tour of the Okpai Independent Power Plant (IPP) to determine its contribution to the 4,000MW power generation target by December. He said NAOC, one of the joint venture partners of NNPC and handlers of the Okpai project, was doing “a great job’’.

Barkindo said it was commendable the way the Okpai plant adopted the clean development mechanism (CDM) in its operations, which is currently generating about 484 MW daily.

“By embarking on the Okpai plant project, Agip has identified itself as a dependable partner in the elimination of gas flaring and therefore reduction in the carbon emissions.

“This plant is the first independent power plant project built by any of the joint ventures. It is pertinent to put on record that before the Okpai IPP, Agip has been a very supporting partner of NNPC, ’’ Barkindo said.

The GMD said that just after Nigeria’s independence, Agip was the only exploration and production company whose oil concession agreement with government provided for NNPC to acquire participating interest in the early 1970s.

According to him, other areas of cooperation are in the Gas Rejection Decree of 1985.

“Agip was the first company to initiate action in response to that law by constructing re-injection facilities at Obiafu-Obrikom (Ob-Ob) for the purpose of injecting gas produced from fields around the area.

“Following the plan to build the Eleme Petrochemical plant, Agip and its partner supported the project by agreeing to extend the Ob-Ob facilities in order to supply feed stock and fuel gas through pipelines to Eleme, Barkindo said.

The GMD said NNPC looked forward to partnering with Agip and ConocoPhillips to initiate the second phase of the Okpai power project as Nigeria was celebrating its 49th independence anniversary.

He said his visit to Okpai on the eve of the anniversary was symbolic and epitomised the commitment of President Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration to adequate power provision for Nigerians.

Barkindo and his team were received by the NAOC Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Cito Amtonio Pagano, who also conducted the entourage round the facility.


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