The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has concluded plans to mobilise some of its equipment to Bauchi and Gombe states in anticipation of oil exploration in the Benue Trough.nnpc-headquarters-abuja

Its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed this yesterday when he spoke with journalists at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi. He, therefore, advised that the people of the two states should not panic when they see the movement of the equipment into the states.

Baru said his mission to the two states was to sensitise the people to the anticipated exploration of oil in the area. “We are here to signal to the good people of Bauchi and Gombe states of our intention and efforts to mobilise our equipment back to Gongola Basin.

“Our intention is to start 3D seismic acquisition, which covers as much as possible the basin in terms of exploring hydrocarbon in the North-East. “Of course, our activities in the Chad Basin will also be re-activated as soon as we get the clear sign,” Baru said.

He urged the people  within the two states not to panic over the matter. The NNPC GMD said that seismic crew from the Corporation would move about farmlands or be drilling boreholes where Geo-polls and drawing seismic lines were marked in various areas.

Baru noted that earlier prospects conducted in the two states were credible, especially in one of the wells in Yankari Games Reserves. “Our intent now is to probe with more definitive seismic data that will ensure we cover as much as possible,” he said.

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