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Business News of Sunday, 12 September 2021


DPR identifies pillars of economic recovery for oil, gas sector

Director/CEO DPR,  Engr. Sarki Auwalu Director/CEO DPR, Engr. Sarki Auwalu

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has identified six pillars critical to its strategy for Maximum Economic Recovery (MER) for Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.
Director and Chief Executive Officer, DPR, Engr. Sarki Auwalu, who disclosed this during a recent meeting with technical teams from the oil and gas industry, noted that the objective of MER was to maximise the expected net value of economically recoverable petroleum from Nigeria’s acreages.
He listed the pillars to include Reserves Maturation and Production Optimisation, Exploration and Resources Maturation, as well as Improved Oil Recovery and Enhanced Oil Recovery (IOR/EOR) implementation.
According to him, it also includes Asset Stewardship, Performance Evaluation and Rewards and Risk Management.
The DPR boss said this would help protect investments, business continuity and sustainability, improved collaboration and cost reduction in the oil and gas sector.
Auwalu said the Federal Government, through the MER strategies, was targeting to increase the nation’s oil reserves from 36.91 billion barrels to 50 billion barrels in the short to midterm.
He said the government was also targeting increasing Nigeria’s proven gas reserves from 206.53TCF to 250TCF.
Auwalu said as part of the MER’s strategy, the DPR has initiated an annual awards for companies, projects or individuals who have added value to the Nigerian terrain through improved and enhanced recovery of the country’s oil and gas resources.
He said: “As the part of the government’s obligation, it will encourage investment in Nigeria by creating a stable, competitive and predictable business environment.
“The government will encourage existing technologies to be deployed to full effect to maximise full economic recovery of Nigerian resources. The government will also promote active exploration for new oil and gas resources in Nigeria and facilitate timely and effective data sharing.”
The Director added that the DPR would work closely with industry stakeholders to deliver MER through collaborations, communication, cooperation and coordination.