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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has put in place measures to reduce the flare of gas at its oil fields.
The move is in preparation to meet the 2020 flare out deadline issued by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who was represented by the Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Mr. Yusuf Matashi, made this disclosure recently at the National Assembly Complex Abuja, during a one-day public hearing on ‘Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill 2017’.
Baru, said the NNPC was strongly in support of the legislation to reduce gas flaring, adding that its consideration of the legislation was from the environmental and financial benefits it promised the country, rather than from the perspective of penalising defaulting parties.
A statement from the Group General Manager, Public Affairs, NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, quoted Baru as saying that “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.”