By Moses Ebosele –
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has intensified search for oil in the Chad Basin and other parts of the North-East.
Receiving the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, who paid him a courtesy visit on Monday in Abuja, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, explained that the renewed search for hydrocarbon deposits in the Chad Basin would entail extensive probing of some allocated and non-allocated oil blocks in the region with a view to establishing the magnitude of the deposits.
The GMD said: “You know that very close home, we have exploration activities on the frontier basin in the Chad and some areas close to the Kolmani river where Shell had made some indicative discovery of hydrocarbons and Mr. President has directed me to go into that area to reprove and further explore the magnitude and prospectivity of those finds,” spokesperson for the NNPC, Garba Deen Muhammed quoted Mr. Baru as saying.
He added: “We are taking steps to re-strategize and get into those regions. We will re-invigorate the frontier exploration and see how they collaborate with NNPC that is holding Block A09 where some of the finds have been made and also Department for Petroleum Resources (DPR) for the other blocks that have not been assigned.”