DPR Unveils Africa’s Largest Oil And Gas Industry Transformation Infrastructure 

Yemisi Izuora

The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has unveiled an oil and gas industry-wide infrastructure with the capability to address multitudes of problems facing the sector over several decades.

The technology powered National Oil And Gas Excellence Centre, NOGEC, is expected to help attract the much needed private sector investment, crash cost of production and address unnecessary litigation dragging the industry back.

Launching the facility virtually on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari said that he will continue to execute policies that will enhance economic recovery through implementation of key initiatives set out at the beginning of his administration to transform the country’s oil and gas industry.

Buhari, identified the industry as capable of generating the revenue required to lift the country out of its present economic crises.

Buhari, said the facility will not only boost his administrations effort in attracting the desired private sector investment but will also improve the industry’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

The president said government had desired to optimise industry value and reduce cost of production, and expressed confidence that the expected transformation of the industry will now begin to evolve with the centre.

Buhari, also said the facility will go a long way in supporting efforts around the National Gas Recovery plan, National Economic Growth Plan among other key initiatives of the administration.

He said that the government has a clear roadmap for the industry and that the Center will facilitate Nigeria’s hope to make the industry the oil and gas hub in the sub region.

Buhari, said though effects of COVID-19 and crash of oil price had impacted the revenue collection of government implementation of key policies in the industry will help to reverse the trend.

He therefore charged the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the DPR to ensure implementation of the industry roadmap and be more resilient to ensure potentials that abound in the sector is used to create value to citizens and the country as a whole.

Earlier in his address, Minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said that the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC), will address critical challenges in the oil and gas sector and also create a more stable and sustainable business environment for operators.

The project, according to the Minister will drive safety, value and cost efficiency, which are critical for oil and gas industry stability, growth and sustainability.

Timipre said the infrastructure will afford the Nigerian petroleum industry the elements for competitive advantage in a changing global energy landscape.

“The integrated centre will also entrench Nigeria’s status as a regional leader and position the nation for significant global impact in the provision of value-added services and breakthrough solutions for the industry in years and decades to come,” he said

The NOGEC is expected to house the various flagship centres to comprehensively cover key areas of the industry.

The centres included Search, Rescue and Surveillance (SeRAS); Command and Control Centre; and National improved Oil Recovery Centre (NIORC); Oil and Gas Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC); Oil and Gas Competence Development Centre (CDC); and Integrated Data Mining and Analytics Centre (IDMAC).

“SeRAS is an industry-wide programme established to enhance safety management, emergency preparedness and response as well as bed space management and logistics services across the industry. SeRAS will entrench safe practices, drive cost reduction and improve operational efficiency across the industry,” Sylva tated.

Speaking further, he said NIORC is expected to formulate and implement strategies for improved and enhanced oil recovery methods in the industry for the purpose of achieving maximum production at the lowest possible cost.

The Minister disclosed that the DPR going forward would partner with operators and technology innovators in research and development efforts to achieve projected objectives, adding that it would collaborate with similar international oil and gas regulators in sharing lessons learnt and operational best practices.

The Oil and Gas DRC in the centre is expected to offer arbitration, mediation and conciliation services to the Industry.

He noted that the centre would leverage industry technical experts, Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioners and resources of the National Data Repository (NDR) to provide fair and balanced resolutions of industry-related disputes from an informed position.

In his remarks, the Director of DPR, Sarki Auwalu,said the project will drive safety, value and cost efficiency, which are critical for oil and gas industry stability, growth and sustainability.

Auwalu, the infrastructure would provide the Nigerian petroleum industry elements for competitive advantage in a changing global energy landscape.

He said, “The integrated centre will also entrench Nigeria’s status as a regional leader and position the nation for significant global impact in the provision of value-added services and breakthrough solutions for the industry in years and decades to come.”

According to the Director, NOGEC is expected to house the various flagship centres to comprehensively cover key areas of the industry.

Auwalu disclosed that the agency would partner with operators and technology innovators in research and development efforts to achieve projected objectives, adding that it would collaborate with similar international oil and gas regulators in sharing lessons learnt and operational best practices.

He said the Oil and Gas Dispute Resolution Centre is expected to offer arbitration, mediation and conciliation services to the Industry.

Auwalu noted that the centre would leverage industry technical experts, Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioners and resources of the National Data Repository to provide fair and balanced resolutions of industry-related disputes from an informed position.

The NIORC will focus on the implementation of a robust national International Oil Resolution (IOR) framework to enable the country to optimise its resources as well as create greater opportunities for operators.

The CDC is intended to drive innovation, while also providing training for workers, while the IDMAC will use various resources, such as big data, internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence for evaluation, analytics and data synthesis, he added.

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