Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said that about four technical partners have been given permits to render services to the oil and gas industry in Gombe.

Controller, DPR Gombe state field office, Mr Yahaya Maishera, dropped the hint during a technical session organised for its oil and gas technical partners in the state. He said the technical session, which took place recently, was necessary, adding that every company working with DPR will henceforth be accredited.

According to him, petroleum drilling and production regulation indicates that no company shall operate either technical or oil service without being registered and issued permits to carry out such services by the DPR.

The DPR chief said, “We realised there is a lot of gaps between them; some will not follow procedures, while some do not submit relevant reports. So, what we did in-house was local management to meet to enable us (DPR) to test their technical capability whether they can render these services,” Maishera said.

According to him, during the session with a technical partner after his presentation, the DPR observed some loopholes and advised on the need to improve and key into new ways of doing things as enshrined in the petroleum laws.

He said the technical session would be continuous, adding, “We also open ways for other accredited companies that have oil and gas industry permits to come to the field; there are lots of challenges and there is a lot of jobs here.”

He stated that the local content law had made things easy, and that all the companies that Gombe DPR engaged in technical session were all owned by Nigerians and rendering technical services. The DPR Controller called on stakeholders to inform the Department immediately “if they are not satisfied with the services rendered to them by the technical partners”.

Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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