August 9, 2022

The Federal Authorities and stakeholders met Monday to debate environmental challenges and the potential for hydrocarbons within the state, only a few weeks after fuel deposits brought about a hearth on the Caritas College in Enugu.

Contractors on the establishment had run into fuel deposits whereas making an attempt to dig for water, which brought about a hearth to begin that raged for days.

The stakeholders stated yesterday {that a} sequence of investigations, together with actions that may lead to hydrocarbon prospectivity, would possibly begin within the space whereas the college, the state authorities, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Fee (NUPRC), and different stakeholders fought to place out the hearth and shut the effectively.

Enugu State has been vying for recognition as a state that produces oil. Chukwuma Utazi, a consultant for Enugu North Senatorial District, expressed concern about his state’s absence from the record of oil-producing states despite the fact that Kogi State, which borders the Coal Metropolis state, was lately designated an oil-producing state.

He insisted that OPL 915 and 916 within the Anambra Basin belonged to Enugu State in response to the Income Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Fee’s (RMAFC) latest recognition of Kogi and Anambra states as oil-producing states.

NUPRC said in Enugu yesterday that the Federal Authorities was already gathering essential knowledge on the web site, even though the Federal Authorities had already reserved 30% of the oil revenue from Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Firm Restricted (NNPC) manufacturing sharing contracts, threat and repair contracts, and the like for oil exploration.

Though it’s potential that the fuel deposit is simply on the floor as a result of the college fireplace began by itself, the NUPRC Chief Govt highlighted that inquiry and knowledge gathering are being sped as much as enable the fee to come back to a significant determination.

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He stated that numerous knowledge gathering, evaluation, and manufacturing processes could be essential, making it unattainable for the fee to make a speedy conclusion on the web site. He was talking on behalf of NUPRC’s Owerri Zonal Coordinator, Enorense Amadasu.

He said that there was no fuel pipeline leak on the location the place the incident occurred, and that no pipeline runs by way of the area.

Regardless of surveys having been carried out in some areas of the Northern area and the Niger Delta, in keeping with Komolafe, the survey was nonetheless ongoing.

“The fee is putting in a framework to work with different stakeholders to see how they’ll collect additional seismic knowledge that may additional allow us to know precisely what sort of hydrocarbon deposit is on this space of the nation,” the fee stated.

“There’s a college of considering that claims what occurred right here was brought on by shadow fuel, which is emitted all through the Enugu area. If the postulation is true, then relying on the amount, ultimately the amount will go off, which is what occurred on this case. As I beforehand said, we nonetheless want so as to add extra survey knowledge and full the interpretation with the intention to pinpoint the exact location of hydrocarbon accumulation in relation to this area.

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the governor of the State, said that every one required measures had been taken to ensure the security of the world the place the fuel fireplace broke out.

The governor, who was represented by Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure Greg Nnaji, said that the stakeholders, significantly the college and the NUPRC, must be thanked for the roles they’ve carried out.

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The price of plugging the effectively and cleansing up the college has not but been decided, in keeping with Prof. Micheal Orji, the college’s deputy vice-chancellor, who was talking on the information convention.

Whereas stakeholders have been nonetheless gathering to discover a long-term answer, he introduced that the hearth had began by itself, an occasion he referred to as a miracle.

Orji said that though the college is continuous its seek for water, substantial work could be performed to forestall a repeat of this circumstance.

To have the ability to receive crisper photos, “We are going to conduct a number of seismic research. When that’s completed, a ton of information on the technical surroundings shall be produced, which could subsequently give steering,” Orji stated.

He stated that with the intention to set up whether or not the hydrocarbon useful resource within the neighborhood is sustainable, the college is presently collaborating with NUPRC.