The Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) has said that it has commenced the process that would lead to the exploration of oil and gas in Sokoto basin.
This disclosure was made by the NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru when he received Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state, at the Towers of the apex oil firm in Abuja.
Imam Imam, Tambuwal’s spokesman, quoted Baru as saying: “We have been on the issue of exploration in the frontier basins and so far some measures have been taken. We have already purchased aeromagnetic data and it’s being interpreted to determine the sedimentary thickness and the basin configuration.”
“Secondly, we have awarded a contract for the geological mapping of the basin and I am happy to state here that samples have been collected, mapped, analysed and geological modeling executed so as to ensure data integration.”
Baru also said talks were ongoing for the award of contract for surface geochemistry, ground gravity and magnetics at the basin.
“After all these are carried out, we will then begin to drill for oil and gas in the basin,” he added.
He commended Governor Tambuwal for the visit, assuring that the NNPC was giving the required attention to renewable energy and inland basins, to create a prosperous future for the entity.
In his remarks, the governor said the result of various studies carried out by government in the Sokoto Basins would be transferred to the NNPC to aid its exploration efforts.
Tambuwal disclosed the plan of the state government to organise a national conference on the Sokoto basin.
“We are inviting you and the NNPC to take part in this important conference because we believe it will add value in our search for hydrocarbon in the Sokoto basin,” he said.