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Petroleum engineers seek stiff penalties for gas flaring

There is a need to maximise Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources to address the nation’s energy deficit, a petroleum engineer has said.

• July 27, 2022
Gas flaring

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nigeria Council, has called for the enforcement of stiff penalties for gas flaring in Nigeria.

Olalekan Olafuyi, Chairman, SPE, Nigeria Council, made the call at a news briefing ahead of the 2022 Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) on Wednesday in Lagos.

“The world is facing the challenges of balancing the urgency of transition to cleaner energy with the obvious energy deficit and economic challenges experienced in recent times.

“It is expected that adaptive strategies for energy transition should be adopted in Africa. This is the core of the conference,” he said.

According to him, there is a need to maximise Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources to address the nation’s energy deficit.

To this end, he said, oil companies needed to enforce the penalty on gas flaring to deter the practice, which was affecting the country negatively.

Mr Olafuyi said President Muhammadu Buhari had assured the global community of Nigeria’s commitment to achieving a net zero carbon emission by 2060 and was working toward that.

He also called for investments in gas infrastructure across the country and establishing policies that would support gas development and utilisation.

On the spate of oil theft in the country, Mr Olafuyi said SPE was ready to assist the government in proffering solutions that could curb the menace.

He added that the activities of vandals and oil thieves were shortchanging Nigeria’s revenue and had become a huge challenge to the industry.


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