By Onozure Dania
Following incessant sabotage of oil and gas facilities in the country and its attendant socio-economic effect, stakeholders in the industry have concluded plans and strategies to increase monitoring of gas facilities across the length and breadth of the country.
Speaking during a workshop on Real-Time Monitoring Project, organised by the Department of Petroleum Resources, in Lagos, Mr Andrew Obaji, Director, Petroleum Resources in the DPR noted that the aim of the increased monitoring through on-line real-time facilities, is to migrate from the present state of dependence on data provided by operators which in most cases are adequate.
He said, â€œAs we are all aware, the federal government in 2009, awarded the contract on real time monitoring of gas facilities to Rivermen Technologies Limited, an indigenous company with wide experience in real time technology.
â€œThe company has made several visits to selected gas installations that cover all the companies, therefore, it is right to say that we are all aware of the project that is going on.
â€œReal time monitoring involves gathering information and data through periodic or continuous measurement in the field to provide a view of current conditions, arising from the above.
â€œArising from the above, the objective of this project is to migrate from the present state of dependence on data provided by the operators to a state of certifying these data online, real time from any of our locations.
â€œThis project is coming at a time the oil and gas industry reforms are at the front burner of government priorities for good governance, accountability and transparency.
â€œThis project spans three phases and will cover all the gas terminals, gas gathering and processing plants, onshore flow stations, gas transmission systems and injection manifolds.
â€œIt is our expectation that at the end of this project, government aspiration in collating accurate data for fiscal and planing purposes would have been fully realised.
â€œWe commend the contribution and cooperation of the operators during the contractorsâ€™s visit to their respective facilities. There were challenges but these were resolved to the satisfaction of the department.