From Yahaya Audu, Bauchi
The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Pertroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, has disclosed that the corporation has concluded plans to mobilize heavy equipment to Bauchi and Gombe state in a bid to resume oil exploration which will begin soon.
Speaking with Journalists on Thursday at Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi, Baru call on the citizens of the two states not to panic when they see the movement of the equipment into the states.
The NNPC GMD who was received by the senior officials of the corporation and the Bauchi state Chief of staff , Audu Sule Katagum, said his mission to the two states was to sensitize the people on the activities on the oil exploration.
He said “We are here to signify our intention to sensitize the good people of Bauchi and Gombe states on our efforts to mobilize back into the Gongola Basin.
Our intention is to start 3D seismic acquisition and cover as much of the basin as possible. To continue the work in terms of exploring hydrocarbon in the North East. Of course our activities in the Chad Basin will also be re-activated as soon as we get the clear sign.
“So our mission here is to sensitize the people that if they see the seismic crew moving about in their farms and drilling some boreholes where we put our various geo polls and dropping seismic lines across the various areas they don’t get distracted or scared.
“We come specifically just to lay various equipments and to take seismic data and that data will be analyse and we will see as deep as possible below the surface as much as 10 to 15 kilometers below the ground”
On the prospects of getting oil in Bauchi and Gombe state, Baru said “the prospects is good because already some of the exploration that was done in one of the wells which was just outside Yankari Game Reserve, part of Yankari Game Reserve showed interesting find although not in commercial quantity.
“Our intent is to probe with more definitive seismic data that will ensure we cover as much as possible,” he said.