The Federal Government has kicked off the process to ensure a hitch-free allocation of gas flare sites to bidders who emerged successful in the bid stages of its market-based gas flare-out plan under the Nigeria Gas Flare Commercialization Programme (NGFCP).
Speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, the Director of Special Duties in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Alternate Chairman of NGFCP, Mr Andrew Ogu Agi disclosed that the government would engage the successful bidders in a workshop to ensure a win-win closure to the deals.
He explained in a statement that the bidders have been invited for the workshop expected to hold on August 19, in Abuja from where part of steps to the next stage of the NGFCP would commence.
This Day reported that the planned workshop according to the Program Manager of NGFCP, Mr Justice Derefaka would be centred on, ‘regulatory framework, incentives, best practices and understanding the Request for Proposal phase’ to boost investors’ and qualified applicants’ appetite in the NGFCP.
He noted that the letter was sent to successful companies who applied for qualification package of the NGFCP, via submission of their Statement of Qualification (SOQ) and who are now set for the next stage of the scheme ahead of allocation of gas flare sites for the resumption of gas recovery and end to associated gas flaring.
Recall that over 850 interested parties registered their interest in the NGFCP while 238 applicants submitted SOQs in response to the Request for Qualification (RfQ) published by the ministry of petroleum resources.
Also, a total of 238 SOQ documents were evaluated in accordance with the provisions of applicable regulations, guidelines, standard industry best practices for bid evaluation, and were adjudged either a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ status. Then following a rigorous exercise conducted in line with established protocol and using the Electronic Evaluation Tool (EET), 205 applicants emerged successful while the remaining 33 applicants did not meet the minimum requirements and thus attained fail status.
He stressed that the stages for the selection were being followed by the federal government to ensure due process and efficiency in all necessary aspect of the gas commercialisation drive of the ministry of petroleum resources.
He added saying that “studies carried out in the Niger Delta have identified three major locations where violence had been instigated by conflict entrepreneurs, all because of their selfish and pecuniary interests, thereby frustrating laudable projects of national and international magnitudes in those host communities and FG through the NGFCP does not want a repeat of such hence we are keen on early stakeholders’ engagement with host communities to co-create, co-own and achieve a win-win for all.