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Oil production to begin in Ogoni

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The Nigerian government has ignored the resistance of the people of Ogoni as the Presidency has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) to resume oil production in Ogoni area of OML 11.

The project which is to commence in October will be funded from the proposed 2019 NNPC, Shell, Agip, and Total joint venture budget. This, according to an NPDC Ogoni re-entry execution plan and first cost summary obtained by The Guardian, will be obtainable if the proposed contracting and procurement plan that has commenced are fast-tracked.

The 15-page document revealed that Ogoni-re-entry will proceed in a field-by-field manner starting from Korokoro. The NPDC and its joint partners will then proceed to other communities such as Yorla, Ebubu, Bodo and Bomu, among others. NPDC has identified Bomu with 52 oil wells, Ebubu (17 wells), Tai (13 wells), Yorla (14 wells), Bodo West (12 wells) and Korokoro (10 wells) as major fields of interest.

Part of the palliatives planned by NPDC to gain acceptability is the construction of community access roads and well, as well as facilities access roads. Other measures are the provision of security booths, fencing, surveillance and grass cutting contracts, which will be ceded to community contractors.

The NPDC said due to security challenges in the Niger Delta, the mobilization for the re-entry will be holistic, as it intends to engage the community through the Federal Government, with the assurance that crude oil production will be carried out in a responsible manner.

The community elders have earlier warned the government to halt planned resumption in Ogoni without due consultation in order to avert conflict in the area.

Source Guardian
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