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Zero Gas Flaring By 2035: Nigeria’s Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme For Relaunch — NUPRC boss

The Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Mr Gbenga Komolafe, said NUPRC was committed to steering the initiative to a successful conclusion speedily by leveraging institutional experiences and the renewed focus of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021.

Towards the attainment of zero routine gas flaring by 2035, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has announced the relaunch of Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP 2022).

Conceived in 2016, the programme is one of the strategic initiatives of the federal government to drive the attainment of zero routine gas flaring by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2060 in the country in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration at COP 26.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Mr Gbenga Komolafe, said NUPRC was committed to steering the initiative to a successful conclusion speedily by leveraging institutional experiences and the renewed focus of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021.

“A comprehensive audit of the flare gas portfolio and facilities’ disposition across the industry, as well as an in-depth assessment of the prevailing operational realities in producing areas and changes in the wider macro-economic environment has been carried out by the Commission towards charting the optimum path forward for the programme.

“To this end, the Commission hereby announces the issuance of the ‘Notice of Programme Relaunch’ and release of the ‘Request for Qualification (RFQ)’ to signal the commencement of the renewed bid process for NGFCP 2022,” a statement obtained by persecondnews said.

According to Komolafe, the Request for Qualification (RFQ) document is now available on NUPRC website, dedicated NGFCP website and NGFCP portal.

“The RFQ  provides updated guidelines that will assist investors to package their Statement of Qualification (SOQ) submissions and enable them to proceed to the next phase of the Programme.

“It is important to state that Existing Applicants would derive value from their previous endeavours on the NGFCP.

“All such applicants who previously submitted bids under the NGFCP would be deemed pre-qualified once they meet the basic requirements for status validation as stated in the RFQ.

“The NGFCP 2022 is indeed a hybrid of opportunities – preserving value for existing Bidders and expanding avenues for new investors to participate in this first-of-its kind flare auction programme.

“The auction process has been streamlined to enable an accelerated delivery schedule for this exercise with the announcement of winners planned for December 2022.

“This is therefore a call to all existing applicants, bidders, new investors, technology providers, equipment suppliers and the global investment community to take advantage of the immense opportunities that Nigeria’s flare gas offers for guaranteed end-to-end value,” NUPRC boss said.

Komolafe assured that the Commission would continue to foster collaboration with well-meaning stakeholders to enable and promote growth of the Nigerian oil and gas sector for the benefit of operators, industry players, investors, and in the overriding national interest.

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