Niger State to further explore hydrocarbon opportunities

Niger HyThe Niger State government has applied for two oil blocks, aiming to further explore the hydrocarbon potentials in Central Nigeria

Abubakar Sani Bello, governor of Niger State, said that the state has engaged the services of an international firm, Whitepage International Consultant, to help in this programme.

As reported by Leadership, Niger State government has created the department of oil and gas and two special companies, Midland PetroGas Resources Limited and Midland Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited, to participate in refinery activities on the side of the state.

Both the companies are set to help in exploring the hydrocarbon potentials across the state within the shortest possible time, the governor said to the source.

The source further reported that the state is currently in discussion with investors to carry out 3D and 4D seismic data analysis on Bida Basin where the presence of hydrocarbon has been established.

Speaking to the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit, the governor explained that the event provides platform to discuss investment opportunities in the country’s oil and gas sector.

Bello further added that the state has started primary geological mapping, aeromagnetic surveys and geochemical assessment to explore hydrocarbon opportunities, said the source.

“Consequently, we have concluded research on the environmental baseline studies, geographical information system analysis (GIS) and drilled shallow wells in Makera, Bokani, Kontagora, Enagi and Gulu to confirm the extent of the Kudu Shale. These results have confirmed the presence of hydrocarbon at the basin,” Bello said to the source.

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