There is a glimmer of hope that the pressure put on oil exploration and exploitation in the Niger Delta region would soon relax as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC has announced the discovery of crude oil in commercial quantity in the Gongola Basin, in the North-Eastern part of the country.
A statement issued by the NNPC acting general manager, group public affairs division of the corporation Sampson Makoli said the discovery of oil and gas in commercial quantity in the Gondola basin will attract foreign investment, generate employment for the people to earn income and increase government revenues.
The statement read, “The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has announced the discovery of hydrocarbon deposits in the kolmani River 11 Well on the Upper Benue trough Gondola Basin, in the North-Eastern part of the country,”
“It would be recalled that drilling of the kolmani River 11 Well was flagged-off in a colourful ceremony by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 2nd of February, 2019.
President Buhari With Oil Workers
“NNPC acquired 435.54 km2 of 3d seismic data over Kolmani Prospect in the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin. This was to evaluate Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company SNEPCO Kolmani River 1 Well Discovery of 33 BCF and explore deeper levels”
Makoli revealed that one of the rigs was drilled to a total of the depth of 13,701 feet which led to the discovery of oil and gas on several levels.
According to him, “One of the reservoirs was perforated and hydrocarbon started flowing to the wellhead at 21:20 hours in which the gas component was flared to prevent air charge around the Rig”.
He further revealed that the NNPC has deployed world-class cutting edge technologies to de-risk exploration in the frontier basins, adding that the corporation plans to drill additional wells for a full evaluation of the hydrocarbon volume in the Gongola Basin.
Having achieved the set goals in the Gongola Trough, Makoli said the NNPC would now turn its attention to the Dahomey and Anambra Basins which have already witnesses oil and gas discoveries.