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Oil and gas players meet over Niger Delta pollution

The forum called for the review of the Petroleum Refining Regulations of 1974 and other relevant laws to accommodate the establishment of artisanal refineries.

• January 28, 2022
Oil spillage
Oil spillage

Critical stakeholders in the oil and gas sector rose from an emergency meeting in Abuja with far-reaching resolutions to address the soot and environmental pollution caused by artisanal refining activities in the Niger Delta.

The meeting, convened by Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, called on the federal government to consider and approve the implementation of the report of the National Summit on Integration of Artisinal/Modular Refinery Operations into the oil refining programme of the sector.

It also stressed the need for various organisations with crude oil refining technology to interact with Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulations Authority to enable them to make presentations on their technology.

The forum further canvassed engagements with the bodies of artisanal refining representatives to review the current state of affairs and proffer solutions to the environmental and economic challenges in the region.

The stakeholders also suggested that further engagements be made with governors and governments of impacted states and subnational structures on tackling current challenges.

The forum called for the review of the Petroleum Refining Regulations of 1974 and other relevant laws to accommodate the establishment of artisanal refineries.

It also called for establishing a database of those trained in related fields by the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Petroleum Training Institute, Warri and the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, including those trained by the Petroleum Technology Development Trust Fund and Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.

The forum suggested funding the pilot scheme through the Central Bank, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.

It also canvassed the need to follow the road map to implement the Artisanal Oil Refining Programme.

The forum had representatives from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Federal Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, and Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.

Others were from National Oil Spill Detection Detection and Response Agency, Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

(NAN)

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