NNPC Supports Legislative Intervention for Gas Flaring
By Sola Akingboye
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that it has put in place measures and facilities to curb gas flaring, preparatory to the 2020 flare out deadline by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
This was revealed by the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru during a one-day public hearing on Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill 2017, at the National Assembly in Abuja, recently. Represented by the Managing Director, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Mr. Yusuf Matashi, the GMD noted that the corporation’s support for the legislation to reduce gas flaring in the country was based on the financial benefit to the Nigerian economy rather than being seen from the penalty point of view. Adding that NPDC as the highest gas supplier to Nigerian domestic market is committed to the reduction and elimination of gas flaring to generate more revenue for the country.
“NNPC supports the legislative intervention to prohibit gas flaring in line with global best practices, considering its negative impacts on the environment and the communities where the gas is flared. NPDC, the exploration and production arm of the Corporation is going ahead to see that the monetization of flared gas is realized despite the challenges of the past, Baru stated.
Earlier in his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who was represented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Nallah, while declaring open, the public hearing said that the issue of gas flaring was a national embarrassment, adding that the 8th Senate was committed to enacting a legislation that would end gas flaring in the country.
“Gas flaring is as old as crude oil exploration in the country. We are, therefore, committed to this legislation which seeks to put an end to gas flaring which has deprived the nation of huge revenue, impacted the lives of oil producing areas negatively and depleted the ozone layers, Saraki said.
Speaking also, the Senate Committee Chairman on Gas, Senator Albert Bassey, stated that the Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill 2017 served as a legislative panacea to end gas flaring in the country.
He said the public hearing was to collate views of relevant stakeholders that would enrich the bill and find a lasting solution to the challenge of gas flaring in line with the Paris Agreement on clean environment and World Bank 2030 flare out deadline.