The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stepped off efforts in search of the availability of commercial quantity of hydrocarbon in the Frontier Basins of Bida and Sokoto with it is plan to deploy the acquire 600km of Two-Dimensional (2D) data for the evaluation.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, represented by the Group General Manager, Frontier Exploration Services, Abdullahi Bomai of the corporation disclosed this while unveiling the 2D seismic data acquisition for the Bida/Sokoto Basins at the Govt House, Minna.Niger State.
Mallam Kyari said the NNPC decided to further their exploration in the basins due to an in-depth geological and geochemical studies which indicated strong hydrocarbon-bearing, thus the need to unravel the deposit in the Bida Basin, Niger State..
“To this end, a 600km 2D seismic data will be acquired over the prospects in the Bida Basin to further evaluate the potential of the basin”, he said.
He stated that the exploration activities cover eight local government areas in the state comprising of Mokwa, Lavun, Gbako, Bida, Katcha, Agaie, Edati and Lapai as well as two in Kwara and one in Kogi states.
In his response the governor of Niger State Abubakar Sani Bello said even as the country is diversifying the economy, the downstream sector should not be neglected as it still remains the mainstay of the country’s economy.
On the environmental degradation, the governor said while exploration of the area was ongoing , tree felling has become rampant and the state was planning reafforestation program that would see the planting of five million trees within the next five years.