Mr Sarki Auwalu, Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), says the Federal Government is committed to reactivating all moribund oil and gas support facilities across the country.
Auwalu said this was part of the government’s effort to increase domestic refining capacity and gas utilisation in order to curb unemployment and poverty in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Auwalu spoke yesterday during an assessment visit to Kaztec Engineering Ltd. Fabrication Yard, Ilase Village, Snake Island, in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
He expressed dissatisfaction that the facility which was licensed to provide oil and gas services support by the DPR had not been operational since 2015 due to contractual issues. Auwalu noted that some of the critical equipment in the facility were currently owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation but were not being utilised for the benefit of Nigeria and Nigerians.
The director said: “The industry depends on facilities like this to actualise their investment because it is like a support system for the oil and gas sector.
“Our visit here is to see an edifice that we licensed and it is dormant but we are going to make it active because we see it as an opportunity to grow the oil and gas industry. “We have seen an opportunity we can use to support our gas utilisation, penetration and expansion programme.
“We have issued several licenses for modular refineries that needs fabrica