The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru and the NAPE President, Mr. Abiodun Adesanya FNAPE holding the NAPE Conference Poster
The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru has lauded the commitment of NAPE to the growing of crude and gas reserves in the Country.
The GMD stated this when he played host to the leadership of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) led by its President, Mr. Abiodun Adesanya, FNAPE. Dr. Baru stressed that, the resolutions from the association’s conference last year gave great impetus to the aggressive exploration of the inland basins which include Anambra, Bida, Benue, Chad, Dahomey, Gongola, Sokoto in keeping with the mandate given to the corporation by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said almost 400 square kilometer (400km²) of 3D seismic data had been acquired in the part of the Benue Trough that was earlier explored by SNEPCO and that similar work would be extended to areas previously explored by Chevron and Total.
“We are targeting these areas because we have seen that some of what they have done has some prospects, it is only that they did not drill deep enough. They also did not target the areas we believe, from the review of the seismic data, would have culminated into a find.
The GMD said he was ready to deploy capabilities within and outside NNPC to ensure success of the inland basins exploration campaign.
On his part, President of NAPE, Mr. Abiodun Adesanya, FNAPE commended the GMD for the faithful implementation of the recommendations made at the association’s conference last year in the exploration of the inland basins.
He said NAPE was very impressed with the professionalism being brought to bear on the exploration of the inland basins and that for the first time there was a steady and consistent approach to the campaign.
He also invited the GMD to NAPE’s 35th Conference and Exhibition billed to hold in Lagos next month which the GMD graciously accepted.
Other members of the NAPE Leadership who accompanied the President on the visit are – Mrs. Chizoba Ugwuagbo, Assistant General Secretary, Mrs. Olatunbosun Afolayan, Chair, NAPE – UAP, Mr. Ehi Basuaye, Incoming Abuja Chapter Coordinator, Mrs. Eunice Ajayi, General Secretary, Abuja Chapter and Lawrence Osuagwu, Head, Education/Technical Services, NAPE Secretariat.
On hand to receive the NAPE Leadership were the GMD, Dr. Maikanti Baru, COO, Ventures, Dr. Victor Adeniran, COO, Refineries, Mr. Anibor Kragha, GGM, FES, Dr Mazadu Bako, COO, Gas & Power Mr. Saidu Mohammed, and Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Public Affairs.
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