FG and operators investigate potential gas fields in Enugu

The Federal Government, experts and oil industry operators are investigating the possibility of gas deposits in Enugu State, particularly in the vicinity of Caritas University following the fire that has raged for about three weeks from a gas tank in the institution.

In addition, the government announced that it had embarked on a survey of hydrocarbon deposits across the country, as officials from the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, an agency of the federal government, said the Caritas gas tank fire had suddenly stopped. .

The reservoir fire erupted on May 22, 2022, after workers drilling a borehole in the area noticed gas leaking from the site, which did not burst from a gas pipeline.

NUPRC Director General Gbenga Komolafe told reporters that investigations were underway at the site to determine the level of deposits in the reservoir.

He also said that other states in Nigeria were also being investigated for hydrocarbon deposits, adding that this was done by the federal government through the commission, its partner agencies and experts.

Responding to a question on whether investigations were underway to determine the country’s hydrocarbon deposits, Komolafe, who was represented by NUPRC Owerri Area Coordinator, Enorense Amadasu, said, “Yes , this is currently happening.

“The entire Niger Delta was covered by the survey, parts of the northeast, north-central, northwest and also parts of the Anambra Basin, among others.

“Investigations are still ongoing and even from this result (gas tank fire), the commission is putting mechanisms in place to work with other stakeholders to see how to acquire seismic data that will further allow us to know exactly what type of hydrocarbon it is in this part of the country.”

Speaking on concerns that Caritas gas could have flowed from a broken or vandalized pipeline, the NUPRC boss explained that various findings from stakeholders proved otherwise.

Komolafe said: “When this incident happened, the first thing that was done was to investigate whether there was a right of way in this area or if there was a pipeline carrying gas in the area. region.

“And, of course, it has been established that there is no pipeline there. So it is very clear that the gas does not come from any pipeline that carries gas.

Caritas University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Orji noted that around 24 companies and organizations worked together in an effort to put out the fire but were unable to.

He said, however, that the partners have agreed to support the government in carrying out additional surveys at the site and across the state if necessary.

Reacting to the development, an energy law expert, Professor Ayoade Adedayo, said a thorough investigation should be carried out at the site of the gas leak.

He said, “If there is no gas pipeline there and there is a gas leak, then there is a natural gas tank underground. The government should send experts to survey these lands and see the extent of the reservoir.

“He should try to determine how much gas is there and that requires seismic studies. However, this could be a natural phenomenon that sometimes occurs in other parts of the world.

Adedayo further called on the university and nearby communities to be careful of the site as the true nature of the gas deposit had yet to be determined.

“The implication is that if we don’t make the necessary assessment of the situation and there is a more damaging fire, it could cause destruction of life and property,” the energy expert said.

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