The former Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru and his successor, Mr. Mele Kyari visited the oil drilling operation site in Kolmani River II well in Bauchi and Gombe State.
Baru in his statement expressed that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to growing Nigeria’s hydrocarbon reserves through the exploration of the various inland basins spread across the country.
The Nation reported that in a press release by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, he said “expanding frontier basins exploration is one of the most important projects for President Buhari. He is fully convinced that the inland basins exploration holds the key to the next step of growing Nigeria’s crude oil reserves.”
In addition, Baru expressed further observed that for an economy, which is heavily dependent on hydrocarbon production, there was the need to continuously look for additional reserves to avoid depletion.
According to him, the visit was part of the smooth transition going on in the corporation which is aimed at fully briefing Mallam Kyari, who is taking over the leadership of the NNPC on the work progress at the drilling site adding that his visit brought a good omen to the Kolmani exploration site as the team of explorers recovered a “fish” stuck in a well at the depth of 13,400 feet after about three days of tedious and continuous “fishing”.
Apparently, in drilling parlance, “fishing” is the process of retrieving an item stuck in a well in the course of drilling, while a “fish” is simply the recovered item.
Meanwhile, Baru applauded the professionalism of the exploration team in maintaining zero Loss Time Injury (LTI) during the operations saying that with the level of commitment and dedication observed, there was a potential announcement of the discovery of hydrocarbons in the area.