NNPC Ltd, US, and Deloitte join forces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from upstream operations

Project Manager, Koyla Kerz, (standing 1st right) delivers a presentation during a training on Methane Emission Abatement, organised by the United States Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources’ Energy and Mineral Governance Programme (EMGP) in conjunction with Deloitte, in Abuja, on Monday. Standing next to Mr. Kerz are the Deloitte Specialists, Steve Ramsey (Senior Hydrocarbons Sector Technical Emissions Specialist) and Philip Reichardt (Team Lead).

By Rose Moses

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) is partnering with the United States Department of State and Deloitte, a global management consultancy firm, to achieve its net-zero carbon goals.

This collaboration aims to reduce the emission of methane and other greenhouse gases from NNPC's upstream operations.

The project which is at its conceptual stage was the focus of a three-day Technical Assistance on Oil & Gas Sector Global Methane Abatement and Decarbonisation Workshop, which kicked off at the PTDF Tower in Abuja, on Monday, February 5, 2024.

The workshop, which was a follow-up on an earlier one held in July 2023, was, amongst other things, aimed at defining the critical success elements of the project, a press release by the NNPC Ltd revealed. 

According to the statement, signed by Olufemi O. Soneye, Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NNPC Ltd, some of the critical elements of the project tabled at the workshop include: determining the scope of the project, establishing a baseline for methane and carbon emissions from the selected operation sites, collecting relevant data on the selected sites and helping the Deloitte consultants to understand the operations and expectations of NNPC Ltd. 

Participants at the workshop, Newsmart learnt, unanimously selected OML 34 located onshore in Western Niger Delta, which has the Utorogu and Ughelli Fields as the operation site for the pilot stage of the project.

“Participants were drawn from relevant NNPC Ltd.’s subsidiaries and Departments such as Exploration & Production; New Energy; Gas Infrastructure; Health, Safety, and Environment, as well as Federal Government agencies like the National Council on Climate Change,” the statement explains.

The project is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources, Energy and Mineral Governance Programme (EMGP) and is part of Nigeria's efforts to eliminate gas flaring by 2030 and reduce fugitive emissions by 95% by 2050.
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