Director DPR, Sarki Auwal
Director DPR, Sarki Auwal

Access To Sustainable Energy Tops FG Priorities, Says DPR Boss

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DIRECTOR, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Sarki Auwalu has said ensuring energy security and transition to sustainable forms of energy tops priorities of the Present administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

Auwalu made this known during the Research and Development Fair organized by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The theme of the event which was, ‘Collaboration in Research and Development of the Energy Sector,’ was to encourage the need to deepen Research and Development in the energy sector.

Auwalu said the president had inaugurated the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre in Lagos with objectives of safety, cost efficiency and value addition, to guarantee energy security for Nigeria.

He said: “As you are aware, energy security and transition to cleaner forms of energy is a priority for the Buhari administration.

The DPR Director stated that as part of measures to increase access to gas resources across the country, the year 2020-2030 has been declared the Decade of Gas to drive the Gas Expansion Programme, increase LPG penetration, Gas to Power, Gas Based Industries, Gas to People, AutoGas etc.

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He said such interventions are to serve as “enablers for energy security, jobs creation, poverty eradication, a healthy environment, development of facilities in the gas sector, thereby creating opportunities for collaboration and revenue generation for the government.

“The Nigerian Gas Transportation Network Code (NGTNC) provides the contractual framework for gas transportation.

“The National Gas Expansion Programme is aimed at stimulating domestic gas supply-demand and oil to gas substitution as a transition fuel.”

According to him, the recently enacted Petroleum Industry Act among other things provides a framework for gas aggregation and penalties for gas flaring.

“Let me reassure you, the Nigeria oil and gas industry is on the path to affordable and reliable energy for all Nigerians, as well as transitioning to cleaner energy in line with net-zero emissions global target.

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“I am therefore confident that gas is the future for Nigeria,” Auwalu said.

He stressed that it was critical for the global oil and gas industry to remain efficient and innovative in responding to the emergence of cheaper renewables to sustain the relevance of hydrocarbon resources to the global energy mix.

The DPR boss said research and collaboration from all stakeholders were therefore crucial to remain competitive and to meet the safe, clean and sustainable energy demands of the future.

Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, noted that the fair was organised to highlight and emphasize the need for collaboration among stakeholders in overriding national interest.

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He listed the achievements of the NCDMB to include the establishment of the Nigerian Content Research and Development Council and the 10-year strategic roadmap.

Wabote said it also included the creation of a $50 million dollars research and development fund, support for local and indigenous research breakthroughs among others.

Victor Ezeja
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